Japanese calendars exhibition held at the RAC

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Rawalpindi: (Parliament Times) The Embassy of Japan in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council has organized annual Japanese Calendars Exhibition 2018 at the RAC Art Gallery.

H.E. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, inaugurated the exhibition flanked by Naheed Manzoor, Director RAC Waqar Ahmed and with other distinguished guests here on Thursday. The exhibition will remain opened for the general public till 27th January from 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Japanese Calendars Exhibition is an annual feature of the cultural activities organized by the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, which is very popular among the people of Pakistan. This year, around 114 calendars have been put on display in the exhibition with the cooperation of Japan Calendars Association, Tokyo and various Japanese companies. The calendars displayed feature various themes related to the Japanese traditional and contemporary arts, sports, automobiles, nature, cultural heritage, architecture and so on. Since every calendar is a piece of art, the Japan Calendar Association has tried their best to attract viewers through different subjects and mediums. The exhibition not only gives a picture of the socio- cultural development of Japan spread over centuries, but also exhibits the aesthetic features of Japanese printing technology.

Ambassador Takashi Kurai while speaking at the inaugural ceremony said that a variety of Japanese calendars have been put on display in this exhibition which represent the beauty as well as the true life image of Japan. The purpose of the exhibition is to share various aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle with the people of Pakistan through this exhibition, said the ambassador.

Ambassador Kurai said that it is a common practice in Japan to send calendars to exchange New Year’s greetings and that calendars here will be given to the visitors as gifts through lucky draw. He expressed his appreciation for the cooperation extended by the Rawalpindi Arts Council for holding this exhibition.

Most of the calendars being displayed are produced by private Japanese companies, and most of them are printed on recycled paper which is a fine example of Japan’s efforts to be eco-friendly.

Naheed Manzoor said that it was a good event to keep the people to people contact and information about development of different sectors in Japan. Director RAC Waqar Ahmed was off the view that such kind of cultural exchange program proved helpful for the artists as well as general public. He thanked the Embassy of Japan for collaboration and support.

After the exhibition, all the calendars will be distributed to the lucky visitors through lottery that will be conducted later on by the Embassy.

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