The Order of the Rising Sun awarded to Patokh Chodiev by the Japanese Ambassador Mr Toyohisa Kozuki

October 05, 2021

The Order of the Rising Sun awarded to Patokh Chodiev by the Japanese Ambassador Mr Toyohisa Kozuki

Dr Patokh Chodiev, Founder of the International Chodiev Foundation, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest awards of Japan, at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador in Russia today. It recognises Dr Chodiev’s ‘long-standing contribution to the development of economic and cultural relations between Japan and Russia’.

A decree about the award was published in November 2020, however, due to the pandemic-related restrictions, the official ceremony had to be postponed for almost a year. Mr Toyohisa Kozuki, the Japanese Ambassador to Russia, said: ‘It has been a big honour to work with you during my time as an Ambassador to Russia. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and hope that you will continue to contribute to the friendship between our countries.’

Developing and supporting cultural exchanges has always lied at the heart of the Foundation’s work. For the past 10 years, ICF has sponsored J-Fest, a festival of contemporary Japanese culture in Russia. Since 2015, ICF has sponsored festivals of Russian culture in Japan, which brought Russia’s best opera and ballet talents to the Japanese audience. The Foundation supported the Year of Russo-Japanese intercultural exchanges in 2019. Earlier, we supported a Russian tour of Shochiku Grand Kabuki, one of the most famous troupes of the unique Japanese Kabuki theatre, and organised exhibitions of unique kimono created by textile artist Itchiku Kubota in Russia.

‘This award is a high appraisal of my modest contribution to the development of relations between Japan and Russia. I accept it with deepest gratitude. Culture, arts, mentality and traditions are of great mutual interest in both countries. I was awarded a similar order from the government of Russia recently – it moves me deeply and encourages me to continue this work to the best of my abilities’, – said Dr Patokh Chodiev.

Developing and supporting cultural exchanges has always lied at the heart of the Foundation’s work. For the past 10 years, ICF has sponsored J-Fest, a festival of contemporary Japanese culture in Russia. Since 2015, ICF has sponsored festivals of Russian culture in Japan, which brought Russia’s best opera and ballet talents to the Japanese audience. The Foundation supported the Year of Russo-Japanese intercultural exchanges in 2019. Earlier, we supported a Russian tour of Shochiku Grand Kabuki, one of the most famous troupes of the unique Japanese Kabuki theatre, and organised exhibitions of unique kimono created by textile artist Itchiku Kubota in Russia.

The Order of the Rising Sun is awarded in the name of the Japanese Emperor to foreign nationals for their outstanding achievements in developing international relations and promotion of Japanese culture.

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