Japanese Spring Festival Held in Lahore

Celebrating 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations
                                                                                    Islamabad: 10th 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 is holding 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 celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Lahore in collaboration with Embassy of Japan has organized Japanese Spring Festival 2017 and Japanese Wadaiko Performance at Royal Palm Golf & Country Club, Lahore. H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Lord Mayor Lahore Mr. Mubashar Javed graced the occasion with their presence.

A seven member Japanese Wadaiko performers known as Wadaiko Ren Group have travelled all the way to Pakistan to participate in the celebrations of 65 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan. Wadaiko Ren Group together with the renowned Pakistani dhol player Pappu Sain enthralled the audience with their thrilling drum beating performance and won great applause from the people.
Japanese Spring Festival 2017 which comprised of various cultural manifestations of Japan including Origami workshop, Yukata photo booth, Japanese festival games and Japanese food stalls greatly attracted the visitors.
Ambassador Takashi Kuari in his speech hoped that the Pakistani people must have experienced today different aspects of Japanese culture under one roof like wadaiko drums, Japanese cuisine, Japanese games and origami-making as well.
Wadaiko is the Japanese name for both the act of drumming in a traditional Japanese style (of which there are many) and the drums themselves. The name comes from the Japanese words 'Wa', meaning 'Japanese', and 'Taiko', meaning 'drum'. In modern Japan, wadaiko has become more of a performance art, seen at festivals or in concerts. 

Ambassador Kurai thanked Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Lahore for extending their cooperation to Embassy of Japan for holding various cultural events in Lahore for more than twenty five years.  He hoped for this cooperation to continue in the future to further promote and strengthen the existing cultural ties between Japan and Pakistan. (End)