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    Japanese culture on full display

    Izah Azahari

    The Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam is holding the Japanese Culture Festival 2022 at Times Square Shopping Centre this weekend.

    Permanent Secretary (Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud was the guest of honour during the launch.

    Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Maeda Toru, in the opening remarks said this year sees Urasenke Tankokai from Singapore join the festival to perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and serve authentic Japanese tea.

    The ambassador also shared that there will be live cooking demonstrations by Japanese chefs, martial arts workshops by Bruneian judo and karate federations, sharing sessions by alumni of youth and scholarship programmes, as well as dance performances by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) throughout the event.

    “Japan and Brunei have maintained an excellent bilateral relationship. The continued and steady supply of LNG to Japan has been the foundation of our much-valued ties,” said the ambassador.

    He also noted the 50th anniversary celebration of Brunei LNG’s first cargo Delivery to Tokyo, and the upcoming commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN friendship and cooperation, with both sides having agreed to hold the Japan-ASEAN Special Summit in Tokyo in December 2023.

    “In 2024, we will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries. With the relaxation of Japan’s borders and the resumption of direct flights to Japan by Royal Brunei Airlines, I hope that we can further promote closer people-to-people exchanges and reinforce our friendship in many areas.”

    The event is open to the public to introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and lifestyles, as well as promote the Japanese language through stage performances and booths.

    Permanent Secretary (Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Maeda Toru take a closer look at the utensils used for a Japanese tea ceremony at the Japanese Culture Festival 2022.
    ABOVE & BELOW: Permanent Secretary (Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Maeda Toru during the launch of the Japanese Culture Festival 2022; and Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal tries his hand at calligraphy. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

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