Sunday, September 25

From karate to origami, Kolkata gets a flavour of Japan’s culture

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The city on Sunday got a glimpse of the cultural side of Japan. The consulate general of Japan, one of the oldest diplomatic missions in the country that started way back in 1907, arranged to showcase the cultural richness of the country in a one-day mega show on Sunday.

Right from the flower arrangement, better known as Ikebana , and Karate to special tea making and serving ceremonies, calligraphy, mask making, paper folding and melodies and a peek into the country’s Buddhist heritage, the event had everything under one roof for visitors. This was the first time the consulate arranged such a mega event, showcasing the country’s culture.

“In the past, the consulate had arranged for different shows at different times on Ikebana, calligraphy etc, but we thought we should have one comprehensive show this time. We are happy with the response. Kolkata and Japan have shared very very close cultural ties, thanks to Tagore. We hope to organise more such events in the future that will kindle people’s interest in Japan,” said consul general Masayuki Taga.

It was interesting to know that though Buddhism entered the boundaries of Japan much earlier, in the 8th century, a Buddhist monk, Buddha Sena, from India, who had stationed himself in China to help spread Buddhism, was invited by Japan to start a monastery and preach Buddhism.

A large number of schoolchildren were also seen learning the art of Ikebana from experts. Many people had also come to know more about Japan’s tourism and the expenses related to it.

Source: Times of India

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