If you’re bound to England this summer through work or family commitments, fear not, as the Maltings are offering some fantastic language classes and foreign screenings to transport you across the globe to the magnificent, culturally vibrant Japan.

learn the language

Every Thursday throughout the summer until 08 September (excluding 11 August), learn how to read, write and speak Japanese with specialist tutor Saori. You will study everything that you need to know to survive a holiday in Japan. The classes run between 7pm-9pm. If you would like to join the classes, please email Saori at saori@asobi-k.com.

When Marnie Was There

‘the very best of book illustration come to miraculous life’  ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

In conjunction with the Japanese classes, the Maltings is also screening two culturally relevant films with plots to fascinate and move it’s audience. First up on Tuesday 09 August is from the renowned Studio Ghibli animation house, When Marnie Was There. Telling the tale of foster child Anna, who on being sent away to live with relatives, becomes infatuated with the mysterious Marnie who lives in an abandoned mansion by the sea.

Receiving 4 star reviews from both The Telegraph and The Guardian, the film’s success is down to it’s beautiful re-imagining of the 1967 classic novel by Joan Robinson. Equipped with emotional twists and heartbreaking reality, it’s one not be missed. Screenings are 11am, 2pm & 6pm on Tue 09 August.

Miss Hokusai

Also coming up in our Japan summer series is screenings of the 2015 anime film, Miss Hokusai. The story focuses on O-Ei, daughter of the world renowned printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai. Known for being both talented and outspoken, O-Ei is a modern woman for her time as she both assists her father in the workshop as well as attending to the house with her mother and sister. As Japan becomes a more secluded nation, O-Ei blossoms with determination for equality with her father.

Winning three awards at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival, the film has gone on to be a commercial success. Screenings are at 11am, 2pm and 6pm on Tue 23 August.

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