Embassy of Japan to Host Tanaba Festival 2019 This Weekend

AKP Phnom Penh, July 09, 2019 —

The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC), is going to hold Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) 2019 at CJCC on July 13-14.

The event’s opening ceremony will take place in the afternoon of July 13 with remarks by Ambassador of Japan and representative of the Royal Government of Cambodia, as well as Japanese and Cambodian cultural performance, said the embassy in a press release issued this morning.

Nodojiman Japanese Song Contest 2019, Khmer Melody Concert, and TEMPURA KIDZ Performance will be part of the programme, it pointed out.

This annual event was organised since 2004 for the purpose of promoting further cultural exchanges between Japan and Cambodia, underlined the press release.

According to the same source, Tanabata is a Japanese traditional event, celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan to recall a story of a couple lovers in the heaven weaver princess and cowboy. Based on Tanabata’s story, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa River and allowed to meet once a year on July 7. On the day, Japanese people write their wishes and hang on the bamboo tree to have their wishes granted.

This year’s festival will include more workshops and orientation such as related to animation and cosplay, short films competition and exchange program of JENESYS; Japanese movie show; cooking class; papers-related sessions, “Origami” (folding papers), “Kirigami” (cutting papers), and “Syo-do” (calligraphy); trial of traditional wear “Kben” and “Yukata”, trial of Japanese sport wear and challenge with “Kendo” and “Iaido”, and session for Khmer Archery as well as various exhibitions.

Another feature of the festival is eco-saving. From this festival goes on, three co-organisers will pay more attention to proper treatment and reduction of garbage, especially plastic garbage. During the event, participants will be encouraged to throw garbage into proper trash bin separately as well as to reduce garbage by using reusable items like reusable bottle or eco-bag. Those efforts will include CJCC volunteer’s call, workshops and booth vender’s cooperation such as discount for reusable bottle users or not providing plastic bags or plastic straws.

By C. Nika