June 17, 2016

Japan’s annual Russian Culture Festival opens in Tokyo

The 11th Annual Russian Culture Festival in Japan opened in Tokyo on 17th June. The 2016 event is dedicated to two very important historical dates: the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Japan and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the new Russia.

As part of the festival, it is planned that, before the end of December, there will be performances from distinguished Russian musicians, ballet troupes, shows and circuses as well as screenings of cult films from the Russian cinema. The opening day of the Trans-Siberian Art Festival was marked by the concert “Pas-de-Deux for Toes and Fingers” performed by violinist Vadim Repin and ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.

These measures are designed to promote cultural exchanges between the countries and facilitate the development of Russo-Japanese relations. Olga Monakhova, Director of the International Chodiev Foundation, one of the festival’s ongoing sponsors and partners, says: “These events encourage a dialogue of cultures and better mutual understanding. For several years our Foundation has been promoting Japanese language and culture in Russia: apart from assisting the Festival, we provide scholarships at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and send our grant-assisted students to Japan for traineeships as well as supporting the publication of the “Japan” annual and books dedicated to Japan and Russo-Japanese relations.

The Foundation has for many years been the General Sponsor of the J-Fest festival of Japanese culture in Russia. The Foundation has helped us create for Japan a collection of kimonos created by Japanese master Itchiku Kubota, who revived the lost ancient skill of dyeing and decorating silk fabrics. I hope that all our efforts will bring our countries closer together. It is not by chance that this year our founder, Mr. Chodiev, was selected to be the honorary president of the Association of Japanese Specialists in Russia; this is a real recognition of his services.”

Since 2006, the Russian Festival Organisation Committee has been headed by Russian State Duma President, Sergey Naryshkin. The Japanese Organisation Committee has on occasions included former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, Yukio Hatoyama and Tsutomu Hata. The Organisation Committee is currently headed by Masahiko Komura, Deputy President of the ruling Liberal Democrat Party and former Minister of Defence, Justice and Foreign Affairs.


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