Thursday, November 27, 2008

Festival in Celebration of Traditional Japanese Culture

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

The Embassy of Japan has organized a two-day Japanese Traditional Culture Festival from November 22-23, in Phnom Penh, according to Kaori Yoshimatsu, Secretary in Charge of Public Affairs of the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia.

Yoshimatsu said that Festival events will include a Japanese Fine Arts exhibition and a Japanese traditional concert performance. This 3-hour performance has taken place at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in the compound of Royal University of Phnom Penh.

“This is the first time that the Embassy of Japan has organized this important traditional festival celebration in the Kingdom of Cambodia,” she said. “The main objective of the festival is to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Cambodian and Japanese Diplomatic Relationships.”

She continued that the celebration will provide a showcase for Japanese traditional culture so that Cambodians can gain a deeper insight into the importance and the values of Japanese culture. The result will be a strengthening of the cordial relations between the two countries.

The festival will also include Japanese traditional dances, a presentation on Japanese calligraphy and a display of Japanese traditional clothes, known the world over for their intricacy, said Yoshimatsu speaking to the Cambodia Weekly during a personal interview. She said that about 37 Cambodian youths will participate in the festival, modeling the Japanese traditional dresses.

She added that entry is free of charge for all national and international guests and that upwards of 400 visitors are expected to attend the events.

Yoshimatsu emphasized that in order to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Cambodian-Japanese diplomatic bonds, the Embassy of Japan will also organize two other events in Phnom Penh. She said the first event is the “55th Anniversary of Cambodia and Japan Workshop” scheduled for November 28 at the CJCC. The workshop will examine sustainable resources and agricultural development in Cambodia.

She said that another event will be the Japanese Scholarship Exhibition scheduled for November 30 at the CJCC in Phnom Penh. The event will publicize Japanese Scholarships open to Cambodian students and share information on a range of Japanese Scholarships for developing countries.

To promote Japanese culture and strengthen future relations between the two countries, she said the Embassy of Japan will organize a “joint traditional concert performance” and other related events in Cambodia for next year.

She noted that the diplomatic relationship between Cambodia and Japan as well as the bonds of friendship that exist between Cambodian and Japanese people are very close.

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