As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan, the Japanese Embassy has been hosting various programs.
To celebrate this joyous occasion and to promote Japan and its traditional as well as contemporary cultures in Nepal, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation jointly organized a jazz concert – SATOH Masahiko & NoModismo, in Kathmandu.
The program featured pianist Masahiko Satoh, violinist Keisuke Ohta, percussionist Yoichi Okabe and jazz vocalist Akiko Uesugi from Japan together with Ravin Lal Shrestha and Suresh Raj Bajracharya from Nepal.
Held at Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Club, the concert lured large numbers of music lovers from Nepal. The musicians at the concert depicted various compositions of music, reflecting the tastes of Nepal and Japan.
“Music can transcend boundaries and is sometimes referred to as a universal language, capable of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all peoples of the world. It can also be a very effective way of promoting cultural exchange. Like Nepal, Japan is very rich in art, culture and cultural heritage and both countries have taken care to preserve and maintain these areas. This commonality contributes to the depth and interest of collaboration between the two cultures,” said a press release issued by the Embassy of Japan.
The Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation hoped that it will further promote cultural ties between Nepal and Japan, and contribute to an ever-growing friendly and cooperative relationship.