Mr. Agah Presents Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan medal to Madam Michiko Hirayama.
March 11, 2017: Mr. Asif Agah, Second Secretary and Cultural Affairs Officer of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan, attended a symposium held at the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum. Mr. Agah had the honor of presenting the prestigious Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan medal to Madam Michiko Hirayama, wife of the late honorable Professor Ikuo Hirayama, who was the Director of Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum. The medal was awarded by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to H.E. Mr. Mitsuji Suzuka, the Ambassador of Japan, who received the medal on behalf of Professor Hirayama on February 16 of 2017 for the recognition of his dedication to protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritages.
On the symposium, Mr. Asif Agah, on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie, the Embassy, as well as the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, presented the medal to Madam Hirayama and expressed their most sincere and heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Madam Hirayama. The medal was presented for all of the great efforts Professor Hirayama had achieved in helping to gather and return 102 Afghanistan cultural treasures back to their original place. He added that great individuals like Honorable Professor Hirayama, and the Government of Japan, have also added their tireless support in helping Afghanistan’s cultural heritage restoration. Without a doubt, his being awarded the Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan Medal is above and beyond well-deserved as this is one of the highest medals awarded to civilian services that work towards improving the Afghan culture.
Professors from Tokyo University of Art and Dr. Masanori Nagaoka, Head of Culture Unit of UNESCO Afghanistan have also attended the symposium and they exchanged views on the importance of Bamiyan in the context of the Silk Road cultural heritage.