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Update February 16, 2017

Japanese film festival brings unique films to Chiang Mai

Celebrating 130 years of Thailand – Japan diplomatic relations

The movie poster for Creepy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

The Japanese Film Festival kicks off in Chiang Mai on February 23 and celebrates 130 years of Thai – Japanese friendship. The event, which features anime and live action films from Japan, opens the 23rd of February and runs through February 26, 2017 at SFX Cinema Maya

Organized by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok, they have selected 8 most recent films, including an award winning film titled In This Corner of the World. This crowd funded feature film is from Mai Mai Miracle writer and director Mr. Sunao Katabuchi. This historical animation  won various recognized awards, including the Best Film Awards from the 38th Yokohama Film Festival and the Hiroshima Peace Film Award from the 3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival in 2016. Its tremendous success was echoed in 2017 with a Best Director and Best Japanese Film Award from Kinema Junpo, Japan’s oldest film magazine.

Also on offer are “Sanada Ten Braves” (by Director Yukihiko Tutsumi and starring Mr. Masaya Kato), “Sweet Bean (An)” (by Director Naomi Kawase) and “Creepy” (by Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa) which will close out the festival.

Tickets are available at SFX Cinema Maya for 80 baht each. They are also offering the “Watch-Write-Win” contest - watch a movie, write a review and win a prize for two sets of two economy return tickets to Tokyo for entry to the “Tokyo International Film Festival 2017” and two night accommodation in Tokyo. Vote for your favorite film in the Festival and write a review to participate in the contest to win the prize. For more information, please visit:

Japanese Film Festival 2017 – Thailand (English and Thai languages available)

Films on offer:  Opening: In This Corner of the World directed by Mr. Sunao Katabuchi (2016, 128 mins), Chihayafuru Part 1 directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 111 mins), Chihayafuru Part 2 directed by Norihiro Koizumi (2016, 102 mins). Creepy directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2016, 130 mins), Harmonium directed by Koji Fukada (2016, 118 mins), Sanada Ten Braves directed by Yukihiko Tutsumi (2016, 135 mins), Sweet Bean (An) directed by Naomi Kawase (2015,113 mins) and The Top Secret: Murder in Mind directed by Keisho Otomo (2016, 148 mins).

The Japanese Film Festival schedule for SFX Cinema Maya.

Update February 2, 2017

Ninth Annual CMPG Exhibition features the works of local photographers


One of the photographic subjects recreates his portrait at the CMPG Exhibition opening on January 28, 2017.

Shana Kongmun

The Ninth Annual Chiang Mai Photographic Group Exhibition opened at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and closes on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Featuring photos from 35 photographers from over half a dozen countries, the exhibition was filled with photos from a variety of regions and subjects.

Martin Venzky-Stalling of Creative Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony and congratulated the artists and the audience to the event and talked a bit about Creative Chiang Mai and how it brings new and old together in the city. Creative Chiang Mai focuses on the creative economy and creativity and how the exhibition provides local people and visitors to get a different perspective, perhaps on something they have already seen but through different eyes, those of the artist. He mentioned how Chiang Mai has such a strong international community that wants to help the local community experience new things and how photography is in the reach of amateurs and everyone. He encouraged people to talk to members of the group and learn more about what they do.

Co-organizer Wyndham Hollis thanked organizer Mike See and the photographers for getting everything set up and ready for the event. He also thanked sponsor Canon who did a lot of the printing and has done so for three years. He noted that their fantastic inkjet printing has brought the quality of the exhibition up to a whole new level. He also thanked Pop from Photo Bug, and Maya Lifestyle Mall, River Market where the club meets, and Chez Charlotte a new luxury nail shop to be opening soon in the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai.

The exhibition is on the 3rd floor of Maya Lifestyle Mall on Huay Kaew Road until Sunday, February 5, 2017. The mall is open daily from 11 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends.

Martin Venzky-Stalling of Creative Chiang Mai cuts the ribbon to open the CMPG Exhibition opening that runs until Sunday, February 5, 2017.

The subjects range the gamut from fun loving kids seeing themselves on camera for the first time to animals to architecture and much more.

Photographer Stuart Land with one of his photos on display at the CMPG Exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Mall.

Baan Tawai hosts Wood Carving Fair from January 30 – February 5


A Baan Tawai villager gilds one of the wooden items produced at the village, gilding demonstrations will be held at the Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair from January 30 to February 5, 2017.

Nopniwat Krailerg

Famed wood handicraft village Baan Tawai is hosting the 27th annual Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair that opened January 30, 2017 and runs through February 5, 2017 at the village located in Hang Dong District.

Famous for its wood handicrafts including woodcarvings, gold-leaf wood, antique wood, silverware, lacquerware, hand-woven textile, basketry and earthenware Baan Tawai is well-known as a creative village and villagers pass along their skills from generation to generation. The village was named an OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) Village of Thailand by the Department of Community Development, and was awarded the first OTOP Tourism Village of Thailand from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

In addition to arts and crafts for sale there were also be carving demonstrations and lacquering, gilding and other crafts people explaining the process. The Fair will feature country singing contests, larb and somtum making contests, local art performances and of course a Miss Baan Tawai contest.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai Branch head Wisut Buachum said that the fair garners interest from both locals and foreigners, with many products for sale at reasonable prices and a lot of fun activities.

For more information, please contact Baan Tawai Trade and Tourism Information Center at 081-8824882.

Baan Tawai in Hang Dong is hosting the 27th Baan Tawai Wood Carving Fair until February 5, 2017.



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Japanese film festival brings unique films to Chiang Mai

Ninth Annual CMPG Exhibition features the works of local photographers

Baan Tawai hosts Wood Carving Fair from January 30 – February 5



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