Opening of Japan Pavilion in Janadriyah
On 13th April, Janadriyah, the National Festival of Heritage and Culture of Saudi Arabia, organized by the National Guard was inaugurated. Many pavilions were established in the suburb of Riyadh aiming to introduce the culture and tradition of Saudi Arabia to visitors. It is expected that, around one million people will visit throughout the festival period, between 13 -29 April 2011. Japan was selected as guest of honor this year and since then, a Preparatory Committee was formed in Saudi Arabia to make necessary steps to open Japan pavilion.
On its official opening day, Hisashi Tokunaga, Japans’ Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Special Envoy of Japan’s Prime Minister was received by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. After that, the Special Envoy gave a speech at the opening ceremony of Janadriyah, expressing his sincere wish to deepen the friendship between the two friendly countries.
On the second day of Janadriyah, many visitors had an occasion to visit inside of Japan Pavilion, starting from the Japanese companies’ zone that present their latest products and the JETRO zone where the visitor can see exhibits on ‘Life Style Show Case’. More than 6,000 people visited the Japan pavilion on the second day of Janadriyah.
The visitors admired the diversity of exhibits and demonstrations as they are shown in the pictures below:
In the ‘Japanese Traditional Style’ zone (Washitsu) which is set inside the Japan pavilion, a Japanese painter made demonstrations. Also the exhibition on ‘Japanese Armor’ enjoyed high popularity among the visitors.
On the open theater, a variety of shows such as Iwami Kagura (traditional drama), Wadaiko (drum), Shamisen(Japanese guitar) were performed.
Visitors of Japan pavilion also admired watching the panels that described Japan’s effort of reconstruction after the Great East Earthquake that hit Japan and its consequence.