The bond between Medway and Japan began with Will Adams.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see and have a go at traditional Taiko drumming, Origami and Japanese martial arts. These martial arts originated in the warrior traditions of the Samurai. Adams himself was awarded the honored title of Samurai when he proved himself to be a knowledgeable and trusted advisor.
There will also be a history exhibition on display, created by St Mary’s Magdalene Church at Gillingham Green, where Adams was christened.
The Will Adams Festival introduces residents to an important part of Medway’s history, allowing them to learn about, and experience, contemporary Japanese culture.