2019.13.4 Attendance at H.E. Prime Minister's Annual Cherry Blossom Party

Attendance at H.E. Prime Minister's Annual Cherry Blossom Party.


April 13, 2016: It was an honor and pleasure for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to attend the annual Cherry Blossom Party hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe at Shinjuku Garden.

The cherry blossom (sakura) has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and holds a very particular place in Japanese culture. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, hundreds of thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming. Many attend cherry blossom festivals or simply enjoy hanami, the tradition of viewing and enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossom. With the Japanese tradition of cherry blossoms blooming symbolizing the start of new beginnings paralleling the spring start of the Afghan New Year, the event was very symbolic as a start of another year of ever-increasingly friendly Afghan-Japanese relations.
The event brought together Their Excellencies the Ambassadors, the heads of the diplomatic missions in Japan, Members of the Diet, distinguished guests, and a number of other key dignitaries with whom H.E. Ambassador. Dr. Mohabbat had the pleasure of interacting with while they all were gathered to admire the lovely cherry blossoms in bloom at H.E. Prime Minister Abe’s party.

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