March 29-30, 2011. Days of Japanese Culture
The Days of Japanese Culture continue the Asian Cultural Festival in Sokolniki Park. Despite the fact that the exhibition was held on weekdays, the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy was full of guests. The museum’s presentation hall could hardly accommodate all the visitors.
Mr. Onishi, the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Russia, commenced the opening ceremony with an address of thanks, expressing deep gratitude towards the event’s organizers. Olga Shaburova, deputy director of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy and Director of the National School of Calligraphy, announced that all box-office takings were to be sent to the Embassy of Japan as a donation to help victims of the terrible disaster in Tokyo.
The guests of the museum were introduced to world-famous calligraphers from Japan — Hirose Shoko and Sashida Takefusa, as well as to ikebana masters and to Koto players (the Koto is an ancient musical instrument). After a small concert of Japanese music, interactive master classes began. The Days of Japanese Culture will continue tomorrow, beginning at 12.00.