RAWALPINDI – A total of 129 Japanese Calendars were put on display in an exhibition held at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) here on Tuesday.

Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan Hiroshi Oe inaugurated the exhibition, which was jointly organised by RAC and Japan Embassy to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between Pakistan and Japan.

Besides Madori Oe, the spouse of Japanese Ambassador, Cultural Counselor Japan Embassy Toshikazu, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed, former Director Naheed Manzoor, Department of Communication and Media Study Chairperson Dr Shamim Zaidi, RAC faculty, a large number of students and arts lovers of twin cities viewed the exhibition.

Talking to visitors, Hiroshi said that Japanese Calendars Exhibition has become one of the most popular events organised by the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan for many years. He said that Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and Tsunami last March. Almost a year has passed now, and we were gradually recovering from the disaster. Many colanders being displayed here today were made by Japanese companies to send their New Year’s greetings to the customers, he added.

“These colanders will tell you that Japanese companies are recovering now and looking ahead,” Ambassador said. He said that the calendars reflected images of both traditional and contemporary Japan, adding that the themes ranged widely, from sports, automobiles, nature, architectures to Ikebana. “They are pieces of art but at the same time pictures showing social and cultural development of Japan,” Hiroshi Oe mentioned.

Ambassador of Japan said that Japan always stood by Pakistan from the beginning and worked for the better interest of Pakistan. He said that whatever crisis Pakistan faced especially earthquake of 2005, floods in 2010 and 2011, Japan took initiative for the help of Pakistanis. He further said both the countries would continue their cooperation with each other.

Earlier, RAC former Director Naheed Manzoor welcomed the distinguished guests and briefed them about the achievements attained by RAC.

The Ambassador and his wife also looked the calendars and later Gandhara Arts exhibition put on by renowned artist Shafique Ahmed. A Gandhara art piece was also gifted to the guests by Shafique Ahmed.

 The purpose of the exhibition was to provide information about Japanese culture, scenic beauty and its development in different fields as well as to strengthen diplomatic relation. The annual Japanese Calendars Exhibition is very popular among the people of twin city.

These calendars portray a variety of subjects such as contemporary and traditional art, gardens, scenery, costumes, people, art, photography, automobiles, wildlife, Ikebana, living style, and historical places. Since every calendar is a piece of art, the Japan calendar association has tried their best to attract viewers through different subjects and mediums. The exhibition is not only gives a picture of the socio-cultural development of Japan spread over centuries, but also exhibits the aesthetic features of Japanese printing technology.

After the exhibition all the calendars have been distributed to the lucky visitors through lottery.

The exhibition will remain open for the public from 25th to 31st January 2012 from 9am to 5pm daily.