It is a festival aimed at the general public, designed to give people an opportunity to participate in and enjoy Japanese inspired and created cultural forms. Over the two weeks there will be workshops in Haiku, Renga, Book making and Origami as well as a host of events.
Earlier that year, while attending an Art Conference in New York she had the good fortune of being able to view the Young Japanese Book Art Fair run by Tokyo based Gallery Peppers and meet poet Gary Glazner of the Bowery Poetry Club. Inspired by these connections, she yet again was fortuitously put in touch with Alan Summers, founder/director of With Words by poet organizer and collaborator Simon Leake. Thanks to the social network site Facebook, despite the separation of thousands of miles, together they came up with the idea of a Japanese Festival to be held in the beautiful and historic city of Bath located south west of London city.
Rachel and Alan are working in collaboration with Bath Libraries; Uni-Verse; and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010: Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan.
Events will take place in various locations throughout Bath (and Bristol) and will be supported by an internet project organised by theloveofit `s Jo Tinsley and an online Haiku Competition (coming soon)
In addition Rachel and Alan share a passion for the Arts and Social Justice, Alan is involved with an African charity and has worked alongside Nairobi poets, while Rachel is currently researching how the Arts can be used therapeutically and preventively with women and children at risk or involved with Human Trafficking. Their hope is that the Festival will raise awareness of these issues.
Bath is located in the South West of the U.K close to Bristol and about an hour from London.