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45th anniversary of friendship between Kyiv and Kyoto


By the Decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko № 1/2017 of 11 January 2017, in order to intensify bilateral cooperation, strengthen ties between Ukraine and Japan, and in pursuance of the agreements reached on the results of the official visit of the President of Ukraine to Japan, 2017 was declared the Year of Japan in Ukraine. The same year marks the 25th anniversary of the commonwealth of the two states.

Based on this decree, the days of Japanese culture, art and cinema, joint exhibitions of achievements of Ukraine and Japan are organized and held in the cities of Ukraine, conditions are created for the development of mutual exchange of students between educational institutions of Ukraine and Japan.

In Kyiv, the day of April 1 was distinguished by an incredible concert of friendship between Terada ballet art school (Kyoto, Japan) and Kyiv State Choreographic School (Ukraine) at the Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater. The concert dedicated to the Year of Japan in Ukraine and the 45th anniversary of friendship between Kyiv and Kyoto was held on the initiative of People's Artist of Ukraine, artistic director of the Kiev State Choreographic School Nobuhiro Terada with the support of the Kyiv City State Administration and the United World Cultures Foundation.

The Terada ballet art school and the Kyiv State Choreographic School are friends since 1971. This cooperation gave Ukraine the People's Artist, Artistic Director of the Kyiv State Choreographic School Nobuhiro Terada, who, having arrived in Ukraine to study at the KSCS, continued to develop the Ukrainian ballet.

Japan is such a distant and mysterious country with incredible beauty of nature, delicious cuisine and centuries-old traditions, which we know very little about. Michiko and Nobuhiro Terada made a lot of efforts to acquaint the Ukrainian audience with Japanese culture. Thanks to the ballet performances presented by students of Terada ballet art school and Kyiv State Choreographic School, spectators could plunge into the Japanese traditions a little. At the invitation of the UWCF Charity Foundation, children from the Public Organization of Disabled People "Rodyna", children of ATO participants and schoolchildren from Kyiv participated in this cultural exchange.

This concert is not the last event for the Ukrainian people where they can get acquainted with Japanese culture. A number of concerts devoted to the Year of Japan in Ukraine and the 45th anniversary of the friendship between Kyiv and Kyoto will take place in May, namely:

May 27 - concert at the Golden Gate, the ballet "Pictures from the Exhibition" (beginning at 13:00);

May 28 - concert on the Sophia Square, Japanese traditional dances Yamagai, nagauta and ballet "Pictures from the Exhibition" (beginning at 17:00).

We invite all Kyiv citizens and guests of the capital to visit these events and plunge into the world of Japanese culture!