Japanese Calendars Exhibition 2017, Islamabad

 Celebrating 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
                                                                                    Islamabad: 3rd February, 2017
            The year 2017 is the year of 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan. To mark the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic relations, the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan has planned a variety of activities ranging from political, economic and cultural affairs in various cities of Pakistan to further foster the bond of friendship between the two countries.
To begin with, the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Islamabad has organized Japanese Calendars Exhibition 2017 at the National Art Gallery from 3rd February to 17th February, 2017. The exhibition was inaugurated on 3rd February by H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan. The exhibition will remain open for the public from 4th February to 17th February, from 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
            Ambassador Takashi Kurai while speaking at the inaugural ceremony has said this year we are celebrating 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan and to celebrate this steadfast friendship, the Embassy of Japan will give away these calendars as gifts to the visitors through a lucky draw. He said a variety of Japanese calendars have been put on display in this exhibition which represent the beauty as well as the true life image of Japan. Our purpose is to introduce various aspects of Japan to the people of Pakistan through this exhibition, said the ambassador.  
Japanese Calendars Exhibition is an annual feature of the cultural activities organized by the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, which is very popular among the people of Pakistan. This year, around 137 calendars have been displayed in the exhibition with the cooperation of Japan Calendars Association, Tokyo and few Japanese companies. These calendars show Japan’s traditional and contemporary arts, sports, automobiles, nature, cultural heritage and architecture. Since every calendar is a piece of art, the Japan Calendar Association has tried their best to attract viewers through different subjects and mediums. The exhibition not only gives a picture of the socio- cultural development of Japan spread over centuries, but also exhibits the aesthetic features of Japanese printing technology.
  Most of the calendars being displayed are produced by private Japanese companies, and most of them are printed on recycled paper which is a fine example of Japan’s efforts to be eco-friendly.
Ambassador Kurai expressed his appreciation for the cooperation extended by the Pakistani National Council of the Arts and Pakistan Japan Cultural Association for holding this exhibition.     
            After the exhibition, all the calendars will be distributed to the lucky visitors through lottery that will be conducted later on by the Embassy. (End)

Photographic Glimpses of the Inauguration