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Korea-Japan Festival travels to 21st century

The Korea-Japan Festival took place in Tokyo on September 21 and 22.

From second left: Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida make a giant bowl of bibimbap (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

From second left: Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida make a giant bowl of bibimbap (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


 Participants break a large liquor jug, a Japanese tradition (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

Participants break a large liquor jug, a Japanese tradition (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


One of the biggest cultural exchanges between the two countries, the festival attracted 500 visitors to its opening ceremony, including Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida.

The VIPs made a giant bowl of bibimbap on stage during the opening ceremony and together broke a large liquor jug, a Japanese tradition called kakamiwari.

 A jultagi (tightrope walking) performance was staged during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

A jultagi (tightrope walking) performance was staged during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


The festival also offered a samul nori (traditional Korean percussion quartet) performance by the Busan National Gugak Center, followed by a drum performance by Hidano Shuichi with Taiko Masters and a joint concert by ethnic Korean performer Min Young-chi and a traditional Japanese instrumental group.

“Tokyo has won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics while the Winter Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang, Korea in 2018, a happy occasion in which the Olympics are held in the two neighboring countries one after another,” Lee said in a congratulatory speech. “If the two countries can help each other, they will be great successes.”

“The year 2015 will be the 50th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” Kishida said. Referring to the festival theme “Journey Together to the 21st Century,” the Japanese minister said the two nations will be able to take a journey together to the 21st century by boosting exchanges between the two countries.

 A winner of the K-pop competition sings the night away during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

The winner of the K-pop competition sings the night away during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


 K-pop girl group APink group performs with Kim Tae-woo during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

K-pop girl group APink group performs with Kim Tae-woo during the festival (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


 Japanese fans cheer for K-pop performances (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).

Japanese fans cheer for K-pop performances (photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo).


By Limb Jae-un
Korea.net Staff Writer
jun2@korea.kr

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