Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018 Kicked Off

The 7th Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival was opened yesterday at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) in Phnom Penh.

H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, H.E. Ms. Eat Sophea, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and H.E. Mr. Hidehisa Horinouchi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia, presided over the opening ceremony.

This annual event was organised by the Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with CJCC and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre.

On the occasion, H.E. Ms. Eat Sophea and H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi exchanged the congratulatory messages of both countries' Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers for the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan.

Under the theme of this year's Festival, Beat of Japan, wonderful music performances of both countries were presented in the ceremony.

According a press release from the Embassy of Japan, this year's festival features many events such as performances and workshops of Japanese modern and traditional music, Watching Cambodia from Space by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Martial Arts Demonstration, Cosplay show, Yukata Contest and sessions for folding paper Origami, flower arrangement Ikebana and calligraphy Syo-do, experiencing eraser seal as well as various lectures and exhibitions

Kizuna Festival has been annually organised in Cambodia since 2012 to introduce Japanese traditional and modern culture and promote cultural exchange between the two countries.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press