Botswana: Japan Celebrates With Botswana

| July 4, 2016

The Japanese Embassy has announced activities relating to Botswana's jubilee celebrations.

The activities would range from musical concerts, art exhibition to film festival, all done in an effort to hype the independence celebrations.

"In order to accommodate more people to experience the Japanese drum concert, we will hold live performances in Westwood International School on August 4-5. The fourth is for invited guests and fifth is open to the public", said Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Onishi at a press briefing recently.

He said they would also organise the Japan Film Festival, which would run for five days on August 10-14, at New Capitol Cinemas, Riverwalk.

"I believe that films are influential tools for viewers to get information and understand different culture and lifestyle. I hope that you will be able to observe and experience Japan through the film and that Botswana people will be able to identify the similarities and differences between your culture and ours," he said.

Onishi said they will also participate at Botswana Consumer Fair, where they plan to provide visitors with information on Japanese culture, tourism, and national scholarship program.

He explained that there will be an opportunity to try on a Japanese traditional outfit (kimono), Origami (the art of folding paper).

"The most popular activity is the Japanese calligraphy where embassy staff writes people's names in Japanese characters using the traditional writing brush", he said.

Also on the cards, he said was a painting exhibition at Ben Thema Primary School, of which the paintings were illustrated by Japanese students that have been continuously learning about the country.

"This is not just an ordinary exhibition. This painting exhibition, in my opinion is a good way to trigger positive curiosity about foreign culture. I have confidence that this program will continuously strengthen a mutual understanding and greatly contribute to a relationship of Japan and Botswana.

Onishi said they have also secured a venue at Thapong Visual Arts Centre from 19th to 22nd September, where they will accord people the chance to look at the picture drawn by Japanese students and understand Japan through it.

Source: Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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