Expo 2020 Dubai: Japan to celebrate National Day with folk songs and cultural parade – News

The event will showcase the multi-faceted traditions of Japan

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By Wam

Published: Fri 10 Dec 2021, 14:31

Japan will celebrate its National Day on December 11 as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s ongoing efforts to promote the cultural diversity of its participants.

An extensive entertainment schedule will showcase Japan’s multi-faceted traditions as they continue their efforts to advance their global cultural agenda.

Organized by Expo 2020, the official ceremony will bring together a delegation from Japan and the United Arab Emirates. The official hoisting of the flag will be celebrated with speeches from representatives of Japan and the United Arab Emirates, after which Japanese cultural performances will welcome guests and visitors.

A spectacular welcome awaits visitors as they encounter Japanese culture at all main gates of Expo 2020. Shoten, a Japanese taiko drum troupe, will usher guests into the wonderful world of tradition at 2020 Plaza, while that at Sun Plaza, the students of the Japanese School of Dubai will perform Nanchu Soran on a Japanese folk song “Soran-bushi”.

Guests will enjoy “Sumi-e and Calligraphy” at Sea Plaza and watch an artist draw letters and images on a large sheet of Washi paper using ink and water, combining traditional calligraphy called Shodo with the Asian art of ink painting called Suiboku-ga.​

At Earth Plaza, a masterful demonstration of Aikido, a Japanese martial art, by members of Zanshinkan Aikido Dubai will take place, giving visitors a rare view of this self-defense technique.

Walking through the Expo site, visitors will witness Japan’s unique and distinctive culture as uniformed attendants from the Japan Pavilion join traditional performers, taiko drummers, Aikido artists and Shodo.


The parade will express the rich culture of Japan, where the next Expo will take place in 2025, and will link Dubai with Osaka, Kansai.

Japanese culture will become a focal point of the Japan Day festivities at Expo 2020 Dubai. Visitors will experience a fascinating range of traditional programs including “Ikebana“, art of Japanese flower arrangement and “Go” a traditional abstract strategy board game hosted by The Nihon Ki-in. “Go”, founded over 2500 years ago, is considered the oldest board game in the world, but remains popular to this day.

Sight and Sound of Japan by Takekawa Gakuen and Tomoe-kai will feature multiple workshops incorporating music, dance, flowers, as well as a fascinating presentation of the Japanese bride and Yukata, a summer kimono.

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