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Japan celebrates its National Day today, as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s ongoing efforts to enhance the cultural diversity of participants. The comprehensive entertainment agenda showcases Japan’s many and varied traditions, while the Japanese pavilion continues its efforts aimed at advancing its global cultural agenda. The official ceremony hosted by “Expo 2020 Dubai” will be attended by a delegation from Japan and the UAE. The flag will also be raised and welcome speeches by representatives from Japan and the United Arab Emirates, while Japanese cultural performances celebrate guests from all over the world.
Guests will be treated to an exceptional reception in an atmosphere that celebrates Japanese culture through all the main gates of Expo 2020 Dubai. Shoten, the Japanese taiko drumming troupe, will lead guests into the wonderful world of tradition at the 2020 stand, while students from the Japanese School of Dubai will perform “Nancho Soran” to the rhythm of the Japanese folk song “Soran Boshi” at the sun stand. Guests will enjoy displays of Japanese calligraphy “Sumi-Yand Galicrovy” at the sea platform, where they can enjoy watching an artist paint letters and pictures on large papers using ink and water, combining traditional calligraphy called “Shodo” with Asian art called “Soboku-ga.” The ground stage will witness a spectacular display of Japanese martial arts “Aikido”, by the “Zanshinkan Aikido Dubai” troupe, to give guests a rare view of the martial technique.
Across the various sites at Expo 2020 Dubai, guests will discover the unique and distinctive Japanese culture, as attendees in uniform from the Japan Pavilion will join traditional performers, taiko drummers, aikido and shodo artists, and performances will express the rich Japanese culture that will host the next exhibition in 2025, in A scene depicting a bridge connecting the world from Dubai to Osaka – Kansai in Japan.
Japanese culture will become a focal point in the Japan Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai. Guests will experience an impressive array of traditional performances including ikbana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and Go, a traditional abstract strategy game hosted by The Nihon Ki-in. Founded more than 2,500 years ago, Go is believed to be the oldest board game in the world yet remains popular to this day.
The Sight and Sound of Japan will be presented by Takekawa Gakyun and Tomoi-kai through multiple workshops featuring music, dance and flowers as well as a spectacular performance of the Japanese bride and yakuta, a summer kimono.
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