Shows and cultural activities mark Japan’s National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 – News


The country brought a slice of the Far East to the event with activations including a flower arrangement class, workshop, dance and wedding show, and more.



Posted: Sat 11 Dec 2021, 17:55

Last update: Sat 11 Dec 2021, 19:58

Japan celebrated its national day at Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday with a colorful lineup of cultural and entertainment activities.

This included Aikido – modern Japanese martial art – a traditional Nanchu Soran dance performed by children and a group of taiko drummers.

The celebrations will continue at the Japan Pavilion and at venues at the Expo site, including the Sun, Earth and Sea Squares.

Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates for Advanced Technologies, welcomed the Japanese delegation, led by Akio Isomata, Ambassador of Japan to the United Arab Emirates.

Al Amiri said, “We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm with which Japan has embraced the Expo theme and appreciate its commitment to create an exhibition that uses advanced technologies to present rich Japanese content at Expo 2020. Dubai. The Japan Pavilion offers visitors the incredible opportunity to experience how new interactions can lead to a better future through the exchange of ideas – as has historically been the case in Japan.

She added: “We are proud of the evolution of our relations with Japan since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two nations, with extensive cooperation on the economic, cultural, scientific and educational fronts … Japan has been a reliable partner of ours in our efforts to explore new horizons, and we believe that together we can work to improve the human condition and support its progress.

Isomata, said: “Let me congratulate the UAE for the successful hosting of the very first exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia with a large number of visitors from all over the world and the year of the golden jubilee. of the United Arab Emirates. Although this Expo has been postponed for a year due to Covid-19, as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were to be, it has been clearly shown that the coronavirus cannot prevent us from moving forward. when we have wisdom and determination.

He added, “Bilateral relations between Japan and the United Arab Emirates have developed over the past 50 years in various fields beyond the long-standing cooperation in the field of oil exploration and trade, such as infrastructure, renewable energies, space, food, healthcare, tourism, sports, creative industries, etc. As our two nations celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year, I believe that the potential for the further development of our relations is infinitely huge.

The Land of the Rising Sun brought a slice of the Far East to the Expo site with activations such as Kaoruko, a modern Japanese flower arrangement course at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheater; Takekawa Gakuen / Tomoe-kai, a traditional Japanese culture workshop at the Terra Auditorium; Nihon Ki-in, a strategic board game at the Opportunity Forum; a Japanese bridal show on Jubilee Stage; and a Yukata (a Japanese summer kimono) wearing workshop on the Sun Stage.

With the Japan Pavilion paving the way for Expo 2025 in Osaka, Kansai, Japan, visitors to the pavilion are encouraged to share their ideas and messages for the upcoming World Expo. The immersive experience also underlines the country’s commitment to technological expertise, with three-dimensional video projections amplified by an ultra-fine mist plunging visitors into a new dimension.


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