Receiving Guests Participating in the Minato-ku World Carnival Stamp Rally
January 13 - March 20, 2017: The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo received about 1000 guests for the Minato-ku World Carnival Stamp Rally. The Stamp Rally was covered by the NHK, TV Asahi and Yomiuri Shimbun.
This year's run differed from previous years as Ms. Allyson Diaz, Public Relations Officer for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Japan, sought the chance to reach out to the community and have them learn more about Afghanistan on their visit. On Mondays and Wednesdays the visitors were given guided tours of the Embassy while on Fridays, the visitors were given an informative and entertaining presentation about Afghanistan and a guided tour of the embassy by Mr. Ashraf Baburi, Administrative & Accounting Affairs Officer for the Embassy. During the presentation, the guests were also provided with refreshments from Afghanistan giving them a taste of Afghanistan’s food culture. Succeeding the presentation, there was a short question and answer section where all the visitors’ questions regarding Afghanistan, the history of the country, relations between Japan and Afghanistan as well as the differences and similarities between the two cultures were answered.
The purpose of the guided tours and presentations was to allow the visitors to learn more about Afghanistan and be familiarized with the country since travelling remain currently difficult. The Public Relations & Cultural Affairs Office hoped that by coming to the Embassy and receiving the hospitality, the visitors would feel like they have been to Afghanistan. Guests enjoyed learning about Afghanistan and Afghan-Japan relations while touring the Embassy and viewing places such as the Rumi Balkhi reception hall as well as the Embassy rooftop.