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Islamabad The Embassy of Japan and the Islamabad Japanese School, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), organised a Japanese Musical Performance at the National Art Gallery on Friday.

Japanese schoolchildren enthralled the audience with traditional folk music and dance performance. The vibrant and energetic performances reflected an esprit de corps of the Japanese people towards revival from the devastating East Japan Earthquake. The purpose of the event was to showcase the traditional Japanese music and dances to the Pakistani audience. Dance performances ‘Yagi-bushi’ and ‘Eisa’ were presented by the Japanese students. The energetic and rhythmic dance by the children also included a bilingual recitation explaining their performances. ‘Nagara Seiryu Noboriuchi’, a Japanese style drumming was showcased at the end.

It was a dynamic, thunderous, and powerful performance, with the sound of the drums resonating in the soul of both performer and listener. The vibrant and energetic performances reflected an esprit de corps of the Japanese people towards revival from the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake. The amateur performers showcased a folk tradition of Japan by exemplifying their dedication and discipline in mastering a complex choreography. This musical performance provided an opportunity for the Pakistani people to learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan through their little Japanese friends.


While speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi OE commenced his speech with condolence for the sad death of Begum Nusrat Bhutto. It should be mentioned that the event to be held on an earlier date was postponed by Japanese Embassy due to the sudden death of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.

The Japanese ambassador said that though Japan is generally known for its high technology, but the musical show reflects a diverse aspect of Japanese culture and tradition. He said that the musical pieces presented at the show come from different parts of Japan in a diverse variety of movement, sound, and rhythm.

The ambassador said that though Japan experienced enormous loss of lives and properties caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March, however, Japanese people have always found courage to stand up again and rebuild lives. He said that the energetic and lively performance by the students represents the team spirit of the Japanese people who are struggling to rebuild the nation after the devastating natural disaster. The Japanese ambassador also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the people of Pakistan and the government for lending a helping hand in Japan’s difficult time. “A friend in need is a friend indeed, and we would like our friendship to last forever”, the ambassador said.The news.

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