KARACHI: The “Japan Fest 2017” was held at pearl continental Hotel, Karachi, with the attendance of leading political, business, cultural and diplomatic figures. The program was organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi.
On this occasion, various cultural exhibitions were also presented including ikebana (Japanese art of floral arrangements), origami (Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures), and bonsai (the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed varieties of tress) displays, pop culture show and band session.
The Japan fest 2017 started with several presentations to give cultural and social images of Japan, which was followed by Cosplay contest and Japanese pop songs played by local Japanese cultural groups, “Shonen Infinity” and “Mettal Seinen”. At the occasion, various activity booths were also set-up, showcasing cosplay and Yukata (a light cotton kimono) experiences, artwork and origami learning. The ambiance was exquisitely decorated with Japanese floral artefacts of ikebana and bonsai displays, which were deeply appreciated by the audience.
The event reached its peak with Koto and Shamisen performance by a Japanese artist, Ms. Kaneko Sumie who has been based in New York. The audience was captivated by the fascinating profundity of Japanese traditional music and memorable fusion of Japanese and Pakistani compositions.
Ms. Sumie Kaneko is an accomplished Koto and Shamisen player, Jazz singer and songwriter who had studied at prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; and Barkley College of Music, and performed at Washington DC Jazz Festival; Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; and Blue Note New York among others. She is widely acknowledged for her unique chromatic use of instruments and has collaborated with many renowned instrumentalists and international artists.
At the end of the first phase of the program, Consul General of Japan in Karachi, Mr. Toshikazu Isomura presented the awarding ceremony for the winners of cosplay contest.
In his speech Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, the Consul-General of japan in Karachi, mentioned about various aspects of Japan-Pakistan friendship and wished to further strengthen the existing cultural, economic and business ties between the two countries.