Looking for a Japanese art and culture solution in the heart of Kuala Lumpur?

the Konnichiwa Zhongshan Japan Foundation Festival, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) is the venue this week for all things Japanese. This will take place in the Zhongshan building in Kampung Attap. Spoil yourself and learn about Japanese culture at this four-day event, which runs from December 16 to 19. Events start at noon.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the wonderful and niche world of “gyotaku”, an ancient Japanese art of printmaking involving fish, an exhibition of fish prints made by Studio Red Hong Yi. Don’t miss an exhibit featuring the social enterprise INKAA’s “Crafting Resistance” batik series, which applies Japanese indigo dyeing techniques to local batik-making traditions. The showcase is a collaboration between INKAA and the master block makers and batik workers in Terengganu and Kelantan.

The independent Balai Buku Raya Bookstore also hosts a visual exhibition on the many influences of the Japanese bicycle industry on Malaysian society, economy and subcultures. Or you can get lost in the sights and sounds of an unexpected rainforest at Zhongshan, the latest installation by multidisciplinary designer Ejin Sha.

Konnichiwa Zhongshan, a free festival, features over 20 Japanese-themed events that are sure to entertain and engage (fully immunized) visitors. Art exhibitions, live musical performances, workshops and lectures are part of the program. Japanese food stalls will also be on display, paving the way for a fun day out with friends and family.

The participation of the community-conscious tenants of the Zhongshan Building adds to the charm of the event. The festival is a joint effort between JFKL and Zhongshan, with activities inspired by Japanese culture and tradition. Engraving workshops, Make Your Own Bonsai Kokedama, Japanese-inspired cocktails, DJ City Pop sets, Letterpress Experience Tour and Make Your Own Christmas Card are among the events planned.

Festival goers can also collect stamps from participating tenants to win prizes. Throughout the festival, stamp collectors will be able to redeem exclusive gifts.

Zhongshan Building is home to a diverse group of creative enterprises and private studios.

Current tenants include The Back Room KL exhibition space, Bogus Merchandise screen printing studio, Tintabudi independent bookstore, Tandang Store record store, Valenlim Studio graphic design studio, Rumah Attap Library and Collective , the Malaysian Design Archive and the Ejin Sha typography studio.

This pre-Merdeka three-story building housed the Selangor Zhongshan Association and housed Lee’s Frozen Food since 1962, before the company moved in 2015.

More info here.