Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April
April is the festival of cherry blossom (sakura) in Japan: acres of fruitless trees are planted just for their beauty at this time, and hanami blossom-viewing parties are popular. In the 1920s this love of nature and tradition mingled with a surge in modernisation and social change—women suddenly had more freedom, the urban young embraced Western fashion, Art Deco, jazz—to create a pulsing hybrid style, visible in the movies made at the time where new and old coexist in clothing, buildings and the problems people face. We'll be projecting some of these flicks at our party.
The new look was the Japanese flapper modan gaaru ("modern girl") or moga for short
This haori liner from 1930 has jazz sheet music printed on it
One aspect of Western culture that the Japanese readily embraced was the cocktail, an enthusiasm that surged after the war, to the point where, according to modern bartending legend Kazuo Uyeda, "you could find a Martini shaker in every house and a Martini glass in every hand".
The Japanese art of bartending developed along its own lines, with the culture's characteristic attention to detail, respect for procedure and appreciation of the subtle stimulation of all the senses. We'll be offering a bespoke cocktail menu for the evening inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun.