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Isfahan, Kyoto named sister cities

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Iranian historical city of Isfahan and Japan’s Kyoto have been named sister cities on the sidelines of the meeting held at the Japanese cultural week in Isfahan.

While Iran and Japan have many common beliefs in culture such as hospitality, patience, respecting family and friendly manner, the decision was made to boost the two nations’ cultural ties, expressed Japan’s ambassador to Tehran Kinichi Komano.

Iran and Japan have rich cultures, and the cultural and artistic exchanges can pave the path for the development of mutual understanding between the two nations, he added.

The Japanese cultural festival opened in Isfahan during a ceremony held at the Museum of the Contemporary Arts on January 19, 2012.

Talking during the opening ceremony, Komano thanked the Iranian people for sympathizing with the quake-stricken people of Fukushima after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

The Japanese traditional tea ceremony and calligraphy are part of the programs introduced during the week-long festival.

The Japanese embassy has also mounted photo exhibitions and displayed the children’s paintings on Japan’s disaster-stricken areas of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Japanese flower arrangement performances, Ikebana, have been presented along with different workshops.

Organized by the Japanese embassy in Iran and the country’s Gun-en Artists group, the event will also be held at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran from January 25 to 29.


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