ISLAMABAD-Embassy of Japan is organising a variety of cultural activities under the banner of “A Month of Japanese Culture” starting from November 14 in Islamabad.

The banner aims to show the rich cultural diversity and traditions of Japan. To kick start the month-long cultural activities, On November 14th, Assistant Professor Dr. Satoshi Naiki, an eminent Japanese expert on Gandhara civilization from Kyoto University, who is currently leading a Japanese Archaeological Mission in Pakistan, would deliver a lecture on the Legacy of Gandhara at the Centre for Culture and Development.

Followed by the lecture on Gandhara civilization, on November 19, “Japan Festival 2019” would be organized at the premises of the National University of Modern Languages. The day-long Japan festival would be inaugurated by Kuninori Matsuda, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, together with the Rector of NUML.

“Japan festival 2019,” which is being organized with the cooperation of National University of Modern Languages, will begin with the Japanese Language Speech Contest among the students of Japanese language department and will be followed by other colourful cultural performances such as Kendo demonstration, Taiko performance, Karate and Judo demonstration, Ninja performance, Origami workshop, Bonsai and Ikebana demonstrations.

This festival aims to highlight the diverse cultural facets of Japan under one roof and to create harmony and understanding among the people of two friendly nations.

Speaking of the up-coming “A Month of Japanese Culture” festivities, Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, said that the year 2022 would be commemorated as the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan and there would be an enhanced interaction in all fields between the two countries.

“Culture has the power to bring people closer irrespective of their cast and creed. Since Japan and Pakistan share many cultural similarities and these month-long cultural festivities will certainly provide a window of opportunity for the Pakistani people to discover many facets of Japanese culture and its age-old traditions,” said Ambassador Matsuda.

As a part of these cultural activities, an exhibition of photographs titled “Japan through the lens of Pakistani photographers” will be inaugurated on 21st November at the National Art Gallery of PNCA.

Around 35 photographs captured by the photographers of the Photographic Society of Pakistan would be displayed in the exhibition which they had captured during their recent visit to Japan.

Also, Japanese films would be screened at the Islamabad Club auditorium on 22nd, 26th, 27th and 29th November during the film festival being organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts during the Islamabad Art Festival 2019.

On November 24th, Japanese music show titled “Nihon Unplugged-Cultural Music Performance” would be held at the auditorium of PNCA.

where artists arriving from Japan featuring with local musicians would showcase their talent.

The Consulate General of Japan at Karachi would also host a variety of cultural activities including the music show, Bonsai, martial arts demonstrations as part of “A Month of Japanese Culture” in Karachi.

Ambassador Matsuda emphasized that the purpose of organizing such cultural events is not only to promote harmony but also to further strengthen the Japan-Pakistan friendship.

Meanwhile, the government of Japan yesterday expressed its congratulations on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor and welcomed the fact that it will enable Sikh pilgrims in India to visit easily and safely Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

In a statement, Ohtaka Masato, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid respect to the efforts made by both Pakistan and India that led to the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor said that this event will promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.