| Faza Suraj |
MORE than 1000 people gathered at the Japanese Traditional Cultural Festival organised by Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd (BMC) last night.
The event was held at the Pusat Insani in Seria to mark the 30th Anniversary of Friendship between Japan and Brunei and to celebrate 2014 as the end of the year approaches.
The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina binti Othman, the Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present was Haji Haris bin Othman, the Belait District Officer.
The evening saw BMC employees in colourful Yukata and Happi coats as part of the Japanese tradition.
Akira Ishiwada, the Chief Executive Officer of BMC, in his welcoming speech said, “Brunei Methanol Company will continue to do our best to share Japanese traditional cultures with Brunei every year. We appreciate the cooperation given by the Belait District Office, the support from the government and the community towards BMC’s corporate social responsibility initiatives and hopefully we will continue to nurture this valuable and meaningful relations.”
The event continued with martial arts and Taiko drum performances, with games and lucky draws in between and concluded with a token of appreciation presented by Akira Ishiwada to the guest of honour.
The event is part of BMC’s Corporate Social Responsibility to promote cultural exchange and understanding between Brunei and Japan and BMC’s Cooperation Agreement with Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB).
The event was supported by the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, Belait District Office, Mistubishi Corporation and Tobishima Corporation.