Tanabata Festival 2018 in Cambodia Launched

Tanabata Festival 2018, organised by the Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC), kicked off at CJCC yesterday.

This event was presided over by H.E. Som Sokun, Secretary of State for Culture and Fine Arts and H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi, Ambassador of Japan in Cambodia.

During the ceremony, the secretary of state and the Japanese ambassador gave remarks to celebrate the event, and the Commendation of the Foreign Minister of Japan addressed to CJCC was handed by H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi to Mr. Seang Nimol, Vice Director of CJCC, for its long year's contribution to promote cultural exchanges between both countries.

According to a press release from the Embassy of Japan, there were amazing performances of both countries in the ceremony. Ms. Yamanaka Hitomi, Japanese artist of Khmer traditional dance performed Khmer dance pieces newly created from Japanese literature by her and Cambodian professors. After her performance, interesting collaboration of Khmer and Japanese traditional music took place. Pro Musica Nipponia from Japan and Khmer musicians from Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts played their own traditional music with their instrument and both musicians played Cambodian popular song Arapiya together. At the end of the ceremony, Japanese traditional song Tanabata-sama was also played by the above-mentioned musicians with chorus of Cambodian students from Japanese Language Department of IFL, RUPP.

This year's festival will end today (July 6) at CJCC which features many cultural activities such as a performance and a workshop of Japanese traditional instruments; movie shows of Japanese famous Anime One Piece; Nodojiman Japanese Song Contest 2018, Japanese cooking class; Japanese papers-related sessions, Origami (folding papers), Kirigami (cutting papers), and Syo-do (calligraphy); experiencing Khmer and Japanese traditional wear as well as various exhibitions.

Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) has been annually organised in Cambodia since 2004 for the purpose of promoting further cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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