Japan to celebrate Japan Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI – Japan will celebrate its national day on December 11, 2021, as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s continuing efforts to promote the cultural diversity of its attendees. An expansive calendar of entertainment will showcase Japan’s multi-faceted traditions as they continue their efforts to drive their global cultural agenda.

Organized by Expo 2020, the official ceremony will see the participation of a delegation from Japan as well as the United Arab Emirates. The official flag raising will be celebrated with speeches from officials from Japan and the United Arab Emirates, after which Japanese cultural performances will welcome guests and visitors.

A spectacular welcome awaits visitors as they experience Japanese culture at all the main gates of Expo 2020. SHOTEN, the Japanese Taiko Drum Troupe, will take guests into the wonderful world of tradition at 2020 Plaza, while at Sun Plaza, students from the Japanese School in Dubai perform Nanchu Soran on the Japanese folk song “Soran-bushi”. Guests will enjoy “Sumi-e and Calligraphy” at Sea Plaza and watch an artist draw letters and pictures on a large sheet of Washi paper using ink and water, combining traditional calligraphy called Shodo with the Asian art of ink painting called Suiboku- Georgia.? At Earth Plaza, a masterful demonstration of Aikido, a Japanese martial art, by members of Zanshinkan Aikido Dubai will take place offering visitors a rare view of this self-defense technique.

As they walk through the Expo site, visitors will witness Japan’s unique and distinctive culture as uniformed officers from the Japan Pavilion join traditional performers, taiko drummers, Aikido performers and of Shodo. The parade will express the rich culture of Japan, where the next Expo will be held in 2025, and will link Dubai to Osaka, Kansai.

Japanese culture will become a focal point of the Japan Day festivities at Expo 2020 Dubai. Visitors will experience a fascinating array of traditional programs including “Ikebana”, the art of Japanese flower arrangement and “Go”, a traditional abstract strategy board game hosted by The Nihon Ki-in. “Go”, founded over 2,500 years ago, is considered the oldest board game in the world, but it remains popular today.

Sight and Sound of Japan by Takekawa Gakuen and Tomoe-kai will present multiple workshops incorporating music, dance, flowers as well as a fascinating presentation of the Japanese bride and the Yukata, a summer kimono.

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