Donated proceeds from postcard sales to the “Heritage for the Future Movement”
Postcards of the works exhibited were sold at the 23rd Nihon-no-Bijutsu, held at the Mori Art Museum in Ueno. All proceeds were then donated to the “Heritage for the Future Movement” implemented by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan to preserve Japans’ nature and culture.
Introduced the achievements of India’s two great figures, Mother Teresa & Mahatma Gandhi, and paid a visit to India
At the 25th World Peace Art Exhibition (at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre), we introduced the lives of two great Indian figures: Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa； in commemoration of the 20 years since Mother Teresa’s passing,the 60th anniversary of the Indo-Japan Cultural Agreement, and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. Along with this, we presented some of the gems of their remarks,which have become the cornerstone of many people’s hearts.
We also visited the National Gandhi Museum during an international exhibition held in India. After viewing materials and belongings related to Gandhi, we planted hibiscus, pomegranate, and ashoka trees in addition to offering gladioli (which mean “memories” in the language of flowers) to a statue of Gandhi.We also paid a visit to Mother Teresa’s house, where she conducted many of her activities. We presented the children with paper cranes and toys brought from Japan, and interacted with them there.
Introduced Japan’s heritages and the cultural policies & activities of various cities at the UNESCO’s Paris HQ
At the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, we presented the culture of modern Japan multi-dimensionally through actions such as introductions of heritages certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, introductions of cultural policies and carrying out activities related to 3 Japanese cities. In addition, we also held the exhibition of informative panels and a large-scale screening of a Japan Academy Prize winning animation. We also introduced the Ikenobo and Urasenke schools of flower arrangement and the Japanese tea ceremony, which are the origins of Japan’s creative culture.
Donated proceeds from postcard sales
Postcards of the works exhibited were sold at the 22nd Nihon-no-Bijutsu, held at the Mori Art Museum in Ueno. All proceeds were donated to a charitable organization.
Donated proceeds from postcard sales
Postcards of the works exhibited were sold at the 21st Nihon-no-Bijutsu, held at the Mori Art Museum in Ueno. All proceeds were donated to UNESCO’s “Heritage for the Future Movement.”
Introduced the works of literary master Natsume Soseki in Matsuyama, a place deeply connected to the author
At the “Soseki and Japanese Art in the 21st Century Exhibition” held at the Museum of Art, Ehime, we introduced 4 pieces written by Natsume Soseki himself. We also held a workshop in which participants sent handwritten letters to their beloved ones.
Published a book commemorating the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Aiming to revive the “art competition,” which was a former Olympic event, we published the World Art Competition in Rio de Janeiro Memorial Collection to match up with the Olympic year. Also, during the games, we introduced the works of Japanese artists in the São Paulo Shimbun, a newspaper distributed not only to the citizens of Rio but also to each of the grounds where athletes from around the world had gathered.
Special display featuring President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima
We gave a panel presentation featuring President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima at the 24th World Peace Art Exhibition, held at the Kamakura Performing Arts Center.
Praying for the realization of peace and offering flowers of condolence
All of the artists who visited Nice, France, where the World Peace Art Exhibition 2016 was held, offered a floral tribute to mourn the victims of the truck attack. We also visited the Musée Mac Chagall, where we listened to a special lecture given by the museum’s curator on painters who have continued to depict a world full of love and peace.
Introduced the activities of all “UNESCO Creative Cities” throughout Japan at the UNESCO’s Paris HQ
The “Creative Travel to Japan” exhibition was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where Japan’s 5 certified UNESCO Creative Cities assembled together with another city promoting its affiliation. As a jointly held project, “Japan’s tradition, culture, and creativity” were shown, including Japan’s prehistoric Jomon culture and the traditional tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and Japanese painting. Alongside these, a life-sized figure of Hatsune Miku, the ace of the virtual singing world, came swooping down through state-of-the-art projections.
Presented the School of the Arts Singapore with works of Japanese artists
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Singapore, we introduced some works of Japanese artists at the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). In addition, we donated a large number of the pieces exhibited in order to help promote the school’s education.
Donation of all proceeds from a charity exhibition held in the US
We exhibited the works of Japanese artists at the Japan Art Print Show 2016, which was held at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. We also sold the exhibited pieces for charity and donated all proceeds to Give Kids the World, a non-profit charitable organization that supports children fighting rare diseases and their families.
Participated in a special audience with the Pope
During the 23rd World Peace Art Exhibition (International Exhibition) held in Rome, Italy, we participated in a special audience with Pope Francis, the 266th Pope, at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. We presented him with copies of The History of Artistic Creation in Japan and an illustrated catalog of the exhibition, published by Qualiart.
Introduced Hon’ami Koetsu’s calligraphy work at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
At the “Calligraphy and Ink Exhibition” held at the UNESCO World Heritage site Kiyomizu-dera Temple, we introduced the hand-drawn calligraphy work of Hon’ami Koetsu. A special lecture named “Hon’ami Koetsu – The World of Calligraphy” was also given by Tatsujo Kato.
Introduced Japanese culture in Prague, the city of music
We invited AntonínDvořák III (grandson of the musician Dvořák), VěraČáslavská (Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics who met great success in the 60’s) and other representative figures to the “Japan Arts & Crafts in Prague” in Czech Republic, where we offered a wide presentation of pieces of fine art from Japan. We also held a special tour of the 17th-century House of Lobkowics, where we experienced the old culture of Prague, resembling the time in which it was called the “Golden City” for being the most beautiful ancient capital in the world.
Conducted a special private tour of World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey
A special private tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey was conducted in conjunction with the MINERVA X exhibition held in London, UK.
Donation of proceeds from postcard sales
Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 20th Nihon-no-Bijutsu at the Ueno Royal Museum. With the children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in mind, all proceeds were donated to the Hatachi Fund, which provides on-going support to children of those disaster-stricken areas for a period of 20 years.
Workshops introducing Japanese culture in Tahiti
A variety of workshops introducing Japanese culture were held and performances of the koto and Japanese fiddle were given at the Neo-Japonism in Tahiti 2015 event held in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Introduced the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki
Introduced the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, which have been nominated for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, at the 23rd World Peace Art Exhibition (Japan Exhibition) held at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery in Yokohama.
Helped spread the appeal of Japanese culture in Milan
Conducted a tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy performance at the JAPAN ART TASTING EXPO 2015 in MILANO art exhibition, which was an EXPO Milano 2015 Japan Pavilion recognized event. Guests were given a taste of Japanese culture in the spirit of the exhibition’s ”art tasting” theme.
Donation of proceeds from postcard sales
Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 19th Nihon-no-Bijutsu at the Ueno Royal Museum. With the children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in mind, all proceeds were donated to the Hatachi Fund, which provides on-going support to children of those disaster-stricken areas for a period of 20 years.
Workshops introducing Taiwanese culture
A variety of workshops introducing Taiwanese culture were held during the Forever Friends Exhibition at sendai mediatheque. Exhibit visitors also wrote messages on paper balloons from Semboku, Akita which were then flown afterward.
Participated in the Hirosegawa River Toro Nagashi in Sendai
Artists from Japan and Taiwan floated lanterns down Sendai’s Hirosegawa River as a symbol of their sincere wishes for the quickest recovery possible following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Participated in the Lantern Festival in Taiwan
Artists from Japan and Taiwan gathered in Shifen, Taiwan where they interacted with local children while writing messages on lanterns. Afterward, they offered a silent prayer on behalf of the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake before releasing the lanterns into Taiwan’s night sky in their memory.
Introducing UNESCO activities
A panel exhibition was set up at the 22nd World Peace Art Exhibition (Japan Exhibition) at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art to introduce information about the history of UNESCO, the works of art collection at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and UNESCO’s World Heritage activities.
Workshops introducing Japanese culture at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris
A variety of workshops introducing Japanese culture were held during the 22nd World Peace Art Exhibition (Overseas Exhibition) at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, engaging participants in international exchange.
Tour with viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s ”The Last Supper”
A tour was given which included a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Italy.
Donation of proceeds from postcard sales
Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 18th Nihon-no-Bijutsu at the Ueno Royal Museum and all proceeds were donated to the Japan Red Cross Society to help victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Workshops on grounds of a World Heritage site
Workshops introducing Japanese culture such as Japanese calligraphy, pencil art, and origami were held on the grounds of the SchOnbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Vienna.
Workshops at Yebisu Garden Place
A variety of workshops designed for parents and children to learn ceramic painting and try their hand at building musical instruments together were held at the Kizuna Art Festival at Yebisu Garden Place.
Event introducing Ukrainian culture at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
An event was held introducing the culture of Ukraine that included performances featuring the Ukrainian folk instrument known as the bandura, an exhibition of the folk art known as pysanky, and a workshop on how to make your own pysanky. Paintings by children from Iwaki, Fukushima and Kiev, Ukraine with a central theme of “peace” were also exhibited.
Cultural exchange between Japanese and Thai children through art
Cultural exchange between Japanese and Thai children through art
Artworks by Japanese and Thai children were exhibited at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, the largest art-related venue in Thailand. Afterward, children from both countries were all smiles as they enjoyed cultural exchange while making art and playing games together at the Wat Chang Lam Hin school building.
Original pysanky housed in Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum
Original pysanky created by Japanese artists were placed in the Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum, which holds numerous exhibitions meant to preserve the memory of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine.
Proceeds from sale of prints donated to Give Kids the World
Prints by Japanese artists were sold for charity at the Japan Art Print Show, which was held at Epcot, located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA. All proceeds were donated to Give Kids the World, a non-profit charity organization that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Contribution of sales of postcards
We sold postcards at the venue of the 17th Art Academy Japan organized at the Ueno Royal Museum and contributed all the sales as relief money for the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Organized a panel exhibition and calligraphy performances wishing for recovery of the Art Competition of the Olympic Games
We organized a panel exhibition at the Japan Art Competition in LONDON 2012 which traces the history of the Art Competition of the Olympic Games. In addition, calligraphy performances which transmit the Japanese culture were conducted at the reception party organized at the British Museum commemorating the organization of the exhibition.
Japanese artists contributed painting tools to the Aspeca Orphanage in Cambodia
We visited the Aspeca Orphanage located in Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and had an opportunity to mingle with children through contribution of painting tools by Japanese artists.
Cultural exchange between Japan and Cambodia through paintings by children
A friendship program was organized between children in Japan and in Cambodia through an exhibition of around 4,000 of their paintings at the IPARC Exhibition Hall which is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Organized a calligraphy exhibition on the premises of Kiyomizu Temple which is designated as a World Heritage Site
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, calligraphic works by Chinese and Japanese calligraphers were exhibited in Entsuden which is located on the premises of Kiyomizu Temple. Cultural exchange was made through the exhibition.
Conducted support activities through calendars
Activities of the “Hatachi Fund” and the “Collaborative Schools” which support us related to the calendars published in fiscal 2013 were introduced at the “Kizuna Art Festival” organized in the Prism Hall, Tokyo Dome City, and contributions for supporting their activities were collected.
Donated 2012 original art calendars
Putting our hope and wishes for the New Year in art, World Culture Art has donated an “Original art calendar” to public organizations. We donated the 2012 calendars to major museums, embassies, welfare facilities, and hospitals in Japan, and distributed them at the Nairobi National Museum in the Republic of Kenya. In reaction to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, we also donated them to two kindergartens in Miyagino-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi at the beginning of December.
Held workshops and planted trees in the Republic of Kenya with the participation of Japanese artists
Under the theme of “Fostering Peace with Nature,” World Culture Art held the WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION 2011. At the Nairobi National Museum in the Republic of Kenya, we held workshops on Japanese culture such as pressed flowers, Japanese calligraphy, and origami (paper folding) with the participation of local elementary school students so that we could develop a friendship through such cultural activities. We also planted avocado trees at Kabeta Beta Primary School in the suburb of Nairobi City.
Published an anthology of excellent works exhibited at the Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition and donated the proceeds
In commemoration of the holding of the “Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition,” an exhibition to introduce Japanese art and culture, World Culture Art published a commemorative art book “Anthology of Excellent Works from the Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition,” and donated the proceeds of 615,000 yen to relief efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Japan Red Cross.
Held a charity exhibition to send artists’ messages to the quake-hit areas
As a part of a disaster relief project “HEART for JAPAN” to help provide people with psychological care through art and restore the energy of all the Japanese people, World Culture Art held “Charity Art Exhibition and Sale” at the QUALIA Ginza Gallery. We raised a total of 400,488 yen from the proceeds from the sale of exhibits and donations collected during the exhibition, and donated the entire amount for the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake through the “HEART for JAPAN”
Donated all proceeds from postcard sales
“GINZA de ART” is a grassroots art project established in “Ginza” which is the most densely gallery-populated area in Japan, a transmission point of beauty as well as a trading hub for the global art market. We sold postcards produced by participating artists, raised a total of 24,230 yen from the proceeds and donations collected during the 5th exhibition, and donated the entire amount to relief efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Japan Red Cross.
Held a children’s picture exhibition and built a special obelisk in Egypt. Held an experience summer festival, one of the typical ways to enjoy the evening cool in Japan
World Culture Art held the “Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition” to introduce Japanese art and culture at the “PALACE OF ARTS,” an art museum in Egypt. In parallel with the exhibition, we held an exhibition of Japanese and Egyptian children’s paintings titled “Future Japan & Future Egypt - the future of the countries of the sun drawn by children in the two countries -.” In commemoration of exchange between Japan and Egypt as well as the coming of the new era brought by the Egyptian revolution,we built a five-meter-tall obelisk engraved with the “common hope of all humanity” in front of the museum. We held “summer friendship” in front of the museum to help local people experience a Japanese summer festival, one of the most popular summer events to enjoy the evening cool in Japan.
Contributed all the donations collected during an exhibition at the Zenko-ji temple, the main temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect.
Taking the opportunity of the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran (Buddhist monk), World Culture Art held the “exhibition of Japanese poetry” which exhibited the traditional Japanese poetry of tanka, haiku, and senryu for the purpose of “spreading and handing down the beautiful linguistic culture in Japan” at the Zenko-ji Daihongan temple in Nagano. During the exhibition, we held a lot of events such as a large-character calligraphy live performance by so-called calligraphy girls of Matsumoto Arigasaki High School in Nagano. We contributed all the donations of 49,486 yen to relief efforts for the reconstruction of both the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the northern part of Nagano Prefecture through activities of the “HEART for JAPAN” http://www.cj3.jp/special/hfj which has promoted psychological care through art.
Donated 2011 original art calendars
Hoping the completion of “Tokyo Sky Tree” during the year 2011, World Culture Art produced original calendars in cooperation with artists. We donated them to major museums, embassies, welfare facilities, and hospitals in Japan, and distributed them at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the United States. Taking this opportunity, we introduced Japanese art in and out of Japan.
Held workshops at NASA kennedy Space Center
Having approved the spirit of “Places without Borders” proposed by the International Space Station, World Culture Art held the WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION. We held workshops on Japanese culture such as pressed flowers, Japanese calligraphy, origami (paper folding), and ink paintings at NASA Kennedy Space Center with the participation of students at neighborhood Apollo elementary school.
Hosted the talk show of Yumi Katsura
World Culture Art hosted a talk show titled “Bridal, 46-year career in the embodiment of Love” by Yumi Katsura, one of the most famous bridal fashion designers in Japan, at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel. She delivered a lecture on how to produce haute couture which is rarely revealed with 60 and more slides.
Hosted a lecture on the space by a professor of JAXA
We invited a professor from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to deliver a lecture on the space such as the International Space Station and a weightless environment with plain slides.
Hosted a lecture by Kenji Suzuki
Having invited Kenji Suzuki, a former NHK announcer, World Culture Art held a lecture titled “Symphony of Language ? Language floating in the sea of history ?” at a traditional Japanese inn “Iwaso” with a history of 150 years in Miyajima, Hiroshima.
Dedicated exhibits to the Itsukushima shrine
World Culture Art dedicated all the works exhibited at the exhibition of Japanese poetry in Miyajima to the Itsukushima shrine.
Donated art museum to Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh
Having become aware of the lack of venues for university students of the arts and artists of Cambodia to unveil their works of art, World Culture Art has set out to construct a museum. The intended name for this museum is “IPARC,” or “IPA Exhibition Hall.” “IPA” stands for “International,” “Peace,” and “Art.；” “PARC” is analogous with “park” or a place where people gather； and “ARC” is the word for bridge in French. This art museum is located within the grounds of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia, which is adjacent to the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Once completed, the museum will be intended for use by university students of the arts and artists as well as the Cambodian population at large as Cambodia’s first planned artistic exhibition facility for the purpose of introducing works of art on a wide basis both domestically and internationally.
Conducted well-digging assistance activities in Cambodia
Armed with the mission of providing fresh water to the children of Cambodia, we at World Culture Art did just that through conducting well-digging operations in the country that took into account water quality and other health safety aspects.
Invited Croatian artist Constantine Kostov to Japan
World Culture Art created an opportunity to reflect on environmental problems through art created using garbage, or “trash art. ”
Conducted press caravan with a “crane lantern” in tow to bond together all of Croatia and Japan in the name of world peace
In commemoration of 15 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and Croatia, both nations that have accomplished postwar restoration, a business project entitled “1,000 Cranes from Japan to Croatia” was established under the support of the Croatian president. Mayors of the principal cities of both countries, starting with the mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto in Japan and moving to the mayors of Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Vukovar in Croatia, affixed their respective messages to an artistically-crafted crane lantern that was paraded from city to city in that order. This crane also contained messages desiring world peace from a number of Japanese artists. At the end of the procession, the lantern was floated down the Vukovar River, which is called the “Hiroshima of Croatia,” symbolically crossing a bridge of peace connecting Japan and Croatia.
Spreading the circle of “sakura-scented” friendship across the world！ - Part 2
In commemoration of 100 years since the start of Brazilian-Japanese immigration and also as a baton of friendship to be passed on to the next 100 years, sakura (cherry blossoms), the Japanese national flower, and ipe, the Brazilian national flower, were planted at the grounds of Antonio Lopez Cruz High School in Sao Paulo, which conducts classes in Japanese culture and music.
Held an audience with the Pope
Conducted “Make Mt. Fuji a World Heritage” activities
For the sake of the children who will uphold Japan’s future, World Culture Art planted sakura, or cherry blossoms, on the grounds of the Shizuoka City Culture Center located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. In doing so, we hoped to further assert the place of Mt. Fuji on the world stage. We also capitalized on the occasion by having a “Sakurakaoru Fuji”(“The Smell of Sakura at Mt.Fuji”）concert conducted by composer Misa Jonouchi.
Donated mural to the Museo de Arte Moderno
Through the “Activities for Peace as Learned through the Mexico Mural Movement” business conducted upon the 50th year of the founding of the Asociacion Mexico Japonesa A.C., (The Japanese-Mexico Association), World Culture Art donated a mural created using the works of Japanese artists to the Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Mexico).
Spreading the circle of “sakura-scented” friendship across the world！ - Part 1
In commemoration of the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Tunisia,“sakura,” or cherry blossom trees were planted on the “Japan Road” located in the capital of Tunis as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. The sakura on these trees bloomed out of the relationship of people from differing cultures connecting with one another.Additionally,the composer Misa Jonouchi created a CD entitled “Sakurakaoru,”or“The Smell of Sakura in the Air,as the theme song commemorating 50 years of relations between Japan and Tunisia.This CD was released in Tunisia, and proceeds from it were donated to a fund for the cultivation of sakura in that country.Among those present at the sakura planting ceremony were Yasuaki Ono, Ambassador of Japan in Tunisia； Abbes Mohsen,Mayor of Tunis； Nur ad-din Majdoub,Chairman of the Association Japon-Tunisie；and Yutaka Asoda Mayor of the City of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The sakura planted that day have since been taken care of by Boy Scouts in Tunisia.
Participated in Expo 2005 Aichi Japan
World Culture Art conducted a lecture section entitled “Path to World Peace” in cooperation with Sumi Yukawa, the wife of Doctor Hideki Yukawa.
Donation of the total amount of proceeds to the Japan Guide Dog Association
The total amount of proceeds from the New Year’s Greeting Card template book “Zodiac Good Luck Charms Designed by a Master of Calligraphy, 2006 (Year of the Dog)” along with the money collected at the event “Zodiac Good Luck Charm Calligraphy Exhibition” was donated to the Japan Guide Dog Association (JGDA).
Inaugurated “The Path of 21st Century Envoys to Tang Era China”
In commemoration of the 1,200th anniversary of the Kobo-Daishi, the Japanese monk who ventured to China and mastered esoteric Buddhism,and the of 30th anniversary of the friendship city agreement between Kyoto andXi
Promoted “Earth Day”
On Earth Day (April 22), a day on which we give thanks to the earth as her inhabitants and reassert our common goal of keeping the planet beautiful, World Culture Art put the“Earth Day Network Art Train,”which unified the Earth Days observed around the world, into motion. Exclusive use of hanging-down advertisement space inside Tokyo metropolitan SU liner subway train (Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hibiya/Chiyoda/Hanzomon/Marunouchi/Tozai/Yurakucho/Namboku Lines)
Conducted a visit to Ground Zero in New York in memory of 9/11
Donated funds to environmental activities geared toward preserving the Earth’s water
Proceeds from the “The Voice of Water and Ink - Calligraphy: The Diverse World of Ink,” the official publication of the 3rd World Water Forum (held between Tuesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 22, 2003 at the Intex Osaka, Japan) were donated to activities serving to preserve water across the globe.
Paid visit to the Mother Teresa House in India
Paid visit to the Hoa Binh Peace Village in the Thanh Xuan district of Hanoi,Vietnam
World Culture Art paid a visit to the Thanh Xuan Hoa Binh Peace Village, a facility established through the support of the German government for children who suffer from residual disabilities caused by defoliant-based weapons (Agent Orange) and other afflictions of war. There, we had the opportunity to interact with the children present, from those who were bedridden to those without full use of their limbs, through personally talking to each one of them and offering them a firm handshake and embrace.
Offered flowers and a message of “may there be peace on Earth” at the commemorativetower of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey who is credited with the nation in the aftermath of World War Ⅰ in 1918
Participated in the “Year of Japan in Germany,” a large-scale cultural event intended to strengthen Japanese-German relations, promote exchange between the two nations and foster mutual understanding
Conducted a special lecture session at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Cuba featuring fine art created by Japanese artists
Planted flowering dogwood in the grounds of the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
We pledge to do our part in planting the seeds of both vegetation and new culture in the old capital of Kyoto.