June 25, 2018
Japan and Russia cooperation exhibition in Russian Parliament
As part of the “Bilateral Year” program the International Chodiev Foundation presented its projects, relating to the development of international relations between Japan and Russia for the past 22 years as well as its plans for the future. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Japanese Ambassador in Russia, Toyohisa Kozuki, the Minister for Economic Development, Maxim Oreshkin, and representatives from the Parliaments of Japan and Russia.
“This exhibition is one of the most remarkable events of the Bilateral Year. Inter-parliamentary connections are being established that will serve as a foundation for the future relationship between the two countries. I would be delighted if the members of the Russian parliament and other visitors to this exhibition were to discover more about Japan and will become interested in our country” – said Toyohisa Kozuki.
Japanese festival J-Fest is one of the most significant events in the cultural life of Moscow. The Foundation has been supporting the festival for over ten years and during this time over three million visitors have had the opportunity to experience unique Japanese culture. This year J-Fest will take place in Gorky park, Moscow on 4-5 August and will for the first time feature a traditional Matsuri festival. The visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Japanese festivities, learn about traditional Bon-odori dance, enjoy shopping and take part in master-classes. The Foundation also supports Russian culture festivals in Japan as its main sponsor. The last festival presented over 900 creative talents from Russia.
We also continue to introduce the art lovers from around the world to a remarkable kimono collection by the renowned Japanese Artist Itchiku Kubota. His unique panoramic paintings using the traditional Japanese garment as canvas drew the attention of over a million people in 20 cities across Europe, America and Japan. In 2010 the Foundation acquired the Kubota collection in order to preserve it in its entirety for future generations, thus preventing the kimono from being auctioned out individually.
Another exciting project, organised and funded by ICF, will surprise theatre goers in Moscow and St. Petersburg with a rare visit by the traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre. The famous Shochiku Grand Kabuki company will give two performances in Moscow Mossoveta theatre (9-15th September) and St. Petersburg Tovstonogov Drama Theatre (19-22nd September).