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Posted On: 14 March 2008 10:36 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Japanese delegation takes part in Doha Festival

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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A delegation representing the Japanese city of Chita is taking part in the Doha 7th Cultural Festival. Their contribution consists of showcasing the Japanese traditional lifestyle through offering Japanese green tea, displaying traditional dolls in addition to other activities related to the rich Japanese cultural heritage. The show is being organized at Doha's symbolic tradition market, Souq Wakif. Chita City has been active in developing cultural ties with Qatar through the Friendship Programme, which was launched during the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan, which was followed by a friendship memorandum was signed between the city and the Qatar-Japanese Friendship Exchange Association, during the visit of Mayor Isao Kato and an official delegation to Qatar in February 2007. Answering the invitation to take part in the Doha 7th Cultural Festival this year, Chita City dispatched a cultural delegation consisting of 13 members. Besides the association's head and the city's municipality representative, the 11 other members are normal citizens selected by the municipality to become ambassadors of the city to Qatar. The show started with the Festival's director Faleh Ajlan Al-Hajeri, director of culture and arts at the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage, and Japanese ambassador to Qatar Yukio Kitazume opening the initial session. Following the opening ceremony, the Japanese delegation head Fumiyasu Hiramatsu told Qatarinfo Chita City was keen to upgrade the level of cooperation with Qatar to that of receiving Qatari youth in houses of Chita residents, where they can learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. Such activities would significantly contribute to decreasing misconceptions and prejudices, as well as open inter-cultural channels between the two people, especially in what concerns faith differences, Hiramatsu stated.