October 8 & 9, 2016: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie had a pleasure in attending the 35th Annual Minato City Festival held at wider Shiba Koen area in Minato-ku, Tokyo. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie participated in the official Opening Ceremony along with the Minato City Mayor, Mr. Masaaki Takei, and several of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors and other heads of mission in Minato City area. This year also marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Minato City and the 20th anniversary of the Kissport Foundation, who helps organize programs and activities for Minato citizens, which made this event even more momentous.
The embassy of Afghanistan further participated by opening a booth to introduce its rich culture and history, in the Tokyo Tower Site Area’s International Friendship Square, directly below Tokyo Tower. The embassy’s booth was open for 2 days in “International Friendship Square” area of the festival and was visited by number of people. The booth was decorated with the displays of Afghan traditional clothes, photo panels, and many pamphlets prepared by the embassy describing Afghan culture, literature, etc. Afghan flavor snacks such as cardamom infused tea, pistachio & cardamom dusted rosette cookies, and mixed dry nuts prepared fully by the embassy, were distributed free of charge, and they were very popular among visitors.
Several other embassies from countries stationed in Minato City also had their booths, and it was an honor of the embassy to receive Mayor Takei’s visit there by representing Afghanistan. We were also visited by the famous television personality, Mr. Hiromichi Sato whose visit was filmed for television. (The Embassy is featured from 11:00-12:07)
Additionally, it was a pleasure for the embassy to communicate and further strengthen the friendly inter-embassy relationship with other embassies, as well as local residents and businesses through this event. The embassy of Afghanistan in Japan expresses its deep appreciation to Minato City Office and the officers for the coordination and cooperation for the embassy’s successful participation for the entire occasion.