H.E. Ambassador Fatimie opens 4th Afghan Kite Festival, expresses gratitude to sponsors
February 26, 2017: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie, the diplomats, the local staff, interns, and volunteers from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo attended the 4th Afghan Kite Festival at the baseball ground of Nippon Taiiku Daigaku (Nippon Sport Science University) Ebara High School in Ota-ward, Tokyo. This was the 4th installment of the event in as many years. It has been held as a way to facilitate interaction and cultural exchange between Japanese people and Afghans living and studying in the area. The backdrop of the shared culture of kite flying has proven to be an excellent opportunity for this.
In the opening ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie joined Chancellor Matsunami of Nippon Sport Science University and Principal Oh’ishi of NSSU Ebara High School in commemorating the event and welcoming attendees. In his speech, the Ambassador focused on the closeness of the peoples of Afghanistan and Japan in terms of friendship, shared visions and love for peace, and cultures, likening this to the shared sky that stretches seamlessly across both nations despite the vast distance between.
This year’s event was visited by over 400 guests of all ages who came to partake in the delightful presentation of aspects of Afghan culture. It was highly successful event with the record number of attendance breaking even that of last year’s previously record breaking year. All the guests in attendance enjoyed the inter-cultural exchange between Afghanistan and Japan, especially the many youth present who were able to experience a part of Afghanistan here in Japan. Delicious Afghan food, Afghan kites, and Afghan music prepared by the embassy were there for all guests to partake in and enjoy as well as Japanese food, Japanese kites, and entertainment.
Following an enjoyable period of kite flying and other interactive activities, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie presented certificates of appreciation to the events sponsors. The sponsors are as follows:
- The Johnan Shinkin Bank
- Canon Inc.
- Sato Kogyo Co., Ltd.
- Gyros Corporation
- Pershawar-kai / Peace (Japan) Medical Services
- Checkfield Incorporated
- Aryana Trading Company
- Kudan Lions Club
- Japan-Afghanistan Association
- Uno Corporation
- NPO Todai International
- Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
- Nippon Sport Science University Ebara High School’s Baseball Team
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE)
- Chiyoda ward, Tokyo
- Minato ward, Tokyo
- Chuo ward, Tokyo
- Nippon Sport Science University
- Nippon Sport Science University Kashiwa High School
- Tokyo University of the Arts Eurasian Cultural Exchange Center
- Ciel’s Garden Residents’ Committee