Japanese Language and Culture Week set to be held in March

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THE annual Japanese Language and Culture Week is slated to be held from March 18-20 at Times Square, said a representative from the Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.

In an interview with The Brunei Times recently, Yuki Iida, Second Secretary of Japanese Embassy in the sultanate, said the language and cultural week will be “a big mixture of events in three days from 11am to 9pm.”

Japanese language and calligraphy along with Japanese pop culture including manga (Japanese comics), origami (paper folding) and ikebana (art of floral arrangement) will be showcased at the event, she said.

“There will be manga artists coming (from Japan) and ikebana teachers demonstrating (their talents),” she added.

Japanese cooking demonstrations by the embassy’s chef and singing performances from members of parties involved and possibly a famous Japanese singer are also scheduled to take place during the three-day event, she added.

Although previous events had themes such as Culture Fusion (Traditional and Modern), Four Seasons and last year Mukashi Banashi (Tales of Long Ago), this year’s theme remains a mystery.

Japanese Language and Cultural Week is one of the initiatives of the Japanese Embassy in collaboration with various Brunei organisations to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Brunei and Japan.

This year’s event will be the tenth since it was first held in 2007, aiming to promote and further instil public interest in and understanding of Japanese language and culture.

The event also acts as an opportunity and platform for promoting ‘the Land of the Rising Sun’ to Bruneian students as a place to go for their studies.

This year’s event will be co-organised by other organisations and supporting members aside from the Japanese Embassy, said Yuki.

They include the Japan Foundation, Times Square Property Management, Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA), the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (Jenesys) programme and Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP).

The Ministry of Education’s Continuing Education and Training Division of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE CET) as well as Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will also be participating in the event, said Yuki.

She said in addition to the entertainment, information on studying in Japan will also be exhibited at the event’s booths which will also feature sharing sessions by the exhibitors.

The Brunei Times