PR and Culture Event in 2017/2018

May 8, Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka visited two schools in Al Khor to present children’s drawings and calligraphies

Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar, Seiichi Otsuka, visited two schools in Al Khor — Al Khor Primary School for Girls and Abdulla bin Ali Al Misnad Independent School for boys, separately in order to deliver pictures and calligraphies drawn and written by pupils in Asa town, Hiroshima city, Japan.
Mr. Toshiaki Hato, Managing Director of Doha Office of Marubeni Corporation, who has been supporting the activities of the Qatar Association in Asa community and Mr. Hamad Ali from Public Relations Department of Qatargas, were present.
Asa town in Japan and Qatar have historical links. When the “12th Asian Games” was held in Hiroshima in 1994, Hiroshima carried out “one-town-one country support” project. It was decided at that time that Asa town would support the Qatari team. This relationship did not end with the Asian Games. The “Qatar Association in Asa" was established in July 1996 with the aim of maintaining friendship with the State of Qatar. The Asa community visited Qatar three times by far. Each time, the Asa community has come with pictures and calligraphies drawn and written by pupils from schools in Asa town.

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Mr. Hamad Ali (left), Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka (2nd left), Mr. Ibrahim Hamad Al-Mohannadi, Principal of Abdulla bin Ali Al Misnad Independent School for boys (2nd right)and Mr. Toshiaki Hato of marubeni Doha office (right) Pupils of Al Khor Independent School for Girls

May 7 Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka visited Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School for Boys for Book donation

Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka visited Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School for Boys for Book donation. Books were handed over to the school’s principal Mr. Hamad Al-Mannai. TBZ school is currently the only independent school in Qatar that teaches Japanese language in secondary school’s curriculum.

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The principal, Mr. Hamad Al-Mannai (left) and Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka (right) Japanese books are displayed in the school library for students

April 27, Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka donated books on the occasion of inauguration ceremony of Early Childhood Center, Qatar University

Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar, Seiichi Otsuka, donated books for children in conjunction with the inauguration ceremony of Early Childhood Center, Qatar University. The President of Qatar University Dr. Hassan Al Derham, LNG Japan and Qatari companies who donated the building were present among others

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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka presenting Children’s books to Dr Fatima Al-Maadadi, Director of Early Childhood Center
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First row from the left: Dr. Ahmad Al Emadi, Dean of College of Education, Qatar University, Darwish Al Emadi, Vice president, Dr Fatima Al-Maadadi, Director of Early Childhood Center, Dr. Abdullah Al Misnad, Former president, Dr. Hassan Al Dirham, President, Mr. Ghanim Al-Kuwari, COO of Human Capital, Qatar Gas, Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka, , Chairman

March 14, “The Japan Day” at Embassy’s new chancellery

On 14th March, the Embassy of Japan held “The Japan Day” at the Embassy’s new chancellery by having lecture, demonstration and workshop classes on “Easy Sushi making”, “Japanese calligraphy”, “Japanese for the first time”, “Let’s try Kimono” and “Origami” simultaneously. Participants enjoyed exposure to some fascinating aspects of Japanese culture.

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Participants making Maki rolls in “Easy Sushi making” class
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Japanese Calligraphy lecture, demonstration and workshop
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“Japanese for the first time” class using materials prepared by an instructor
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“Let’s try Kimono” and “Origami”

March 13, 7th College Fair at Al Wakra Independent School for Boys

The Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar participated in “Al Wakra Independent School for Boys' 7th College Fair” organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Al Wakra Independent School for Boys'. Many students and their parents visited Embassy booth and showed their interest to study in Japan by inquiring various scholarship opportunities and school curriculum at Japanese universities.

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March 10, “The 10th Japanese Speech contest” at Qatar University

On 10th March, “The 10th Japanese Speech Contest in Qatar” was held at Qatar University, organized by the Embassy of Japan, Qatar University and the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association in Qatar (JALTAQ). 22 Japanese language learners had an opportunity to present their language skills. The contest was followed by “Rakugo”, a traditional form of Japanese comedy, by Ms. Ikram from Qatar University, as well as reception serving Washoku (Japanese cuisine), where participants and audience mingled.

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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka delivering his opening remarks A contestant giving his speech
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Contestants receiving Participation Award Mr. Mohammed Elfatih won the first place at free topic category (2nd left)
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Ms. Ikram entertained audience by Rakugo Group photo with Ambassador Otsuka, participants and sponsors

March 4-5, Japanese cultural event at Qatar University

The Japanese cultural event "Day in Nihon 4" was held at the Qatar University organized by the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese Club of the Qatar University. About 800 students and staffs of the University visited the event and showed strong interest in tea ceremony, Kimono and calligraphy.

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Kimono trial Tea ceremony workshop
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Tasting of Maccha (Green Tea)and Konpeito(Japanese sweets) Students showing strong interests in calligraphy

February 8, Ambassador Otsuka certified Commendation

On February 8, Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka awarded Certificate of Commendation at his residence for three Qatari Nationals, who graduated from Japanese universities. The graduates talked about their experiences and impressions of Japan while they were students in Japan.

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January 3, Japanese Book Donation to Hamad Medical Corporation

Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka donated 18 Japanese books to Hamad Medical Corporation on January 3, 2018 at the Ambassador’s residence. The donation comes as a contribution from the embassy to support HMC’s latest unique initiative and project known as “Patient Experience Library” that aims to create a better experience for patients from different countries by offering them books to read in their mother languages.

Ambassador Otsuka delivered books to Mr. Nasser Al-Naimi, Deputy Chief Quality Officer at HMC, who expressed his gratitude to the embassy for its valuable contribution to the mobile trolley.

It is noteworthy that the Embassy holds book donations for many public institutions in Qatar including Qatar National Library, Qatar University, Qatar Olympic Committee, Universities under Qatar Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Sports, among many others.

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Guests tasted sweetened bean curded rice cake and green tea sweet bean jelly with roasted tea for New Year Japanese books donated to Hamad Medical Corporation
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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka and Mr. Nasser Al-Naimi, Deputy Chief Quality Officer at HMC


November 15, Book Donation and Japanese Culture Event at Georgetown University in Qatar

Ambassador Otsuka visited the Japanese cultural event at Georgetown University in Qatar and donated books related to Japanese politics, economy, and history to Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar. Ambassador also met with Dr. Kai-Henrik Barth and his students who visited Japan this spring for their study.

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Ambassador Otsuka (center) donated books to Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar (right) and Dr. Donna Hanson, Director of the Library (left) Books including Japanese politics, economy, and history are donated
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Aikido demonstration Attendees posing in Kimono with Japanese umbrellas
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Calligraphy demonstration Kids trying Origami

October 24, Ambassador Otsuka donated books on sport to Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC)

Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar, Seiichi Otsuka, met with the Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee, Mr. Jassim Rashid Al-Buenain, at QOC on October 24, 2017. During the meeting, Ambassador Otsuka discussed the ways to strengthen the cooperation in sport field between the two countries with Mr. Al-Buenain and donated Japanese martial arts related books such as Aikido and Karate. This marks the 8th donation of books to QOC since 2009.

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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka (right) and Dr. Mazen Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (right)

Reception for Japan and Qatar national U18 football team

On September 28th, U-18 national team for football of Japan and Qatar who took part in “U-19 Four Nations” friendly match gathered at Ambassador Otsuka’s Residence where Ambassador Otsuka host a reception for them and gave a speech of encouragement.

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Mr. Masaki Ohira, head of Japan national team U-18(left), Ambassador Otsuka(center)and Mr. Mohammed Al-Muhannadi of Qatar Football Association(right) Japanese and Qatari National team of U-18. They exchanged signed balls

15th May, 2017 Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka met with Dr. Mazen Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka visited Hamad Bin Khalifa University on May 15th, 2017 and met with Dr. Mazen Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University. During the meeting, they discussed ways to further enhance cooperation in educational field which was followed by Japanese book donation to the University.

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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka (right) and Dr. Mazen Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (right)

April 29, Kimono workshop at the “11th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition”

The Embassy of Japan participated in the “11th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition” held at Doha Exhibition & Conference Center from 28th April to 2nd May, by displaying traditional Kimono at the booth. On 29th April, Kimono workshop was conducted by showing different kinds of Kimono to the audience with the participation of “Qatar Kimono Club”, followed by Kimono Abaya show designed by Japanese designer “Jeywn by Eriko”, which attracted many female audience.

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Kimono and kimono Abaya exhibited at the booth of the Embassy of Japan
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Ambassador Otsuka explaining about Kimono at the Embassy of Japan’s booth to an official from the Qatar Tourism Authority on 28th April at the opening Kimono gained attention at the event

March 22, Japanese Cultural Event at HBKU

The Embassy of Japan organized a cultural event at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) on March 22. The event showcased a variety of Japanese traditional games and crafts such as Origami, Kendama, Koma (spinning tops) together with the display of traditional food samples and festival decorations. Many students showed great interest in Yukata tryouts, Japanese calligraphy and the demonstration of the Japanese martial art “Aikido”.

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Guests lining up to have their names written in Japanese A Demonstration of the Japanese traditional toy “Koma”
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Students enjoyed taking photos in Kimono Students enjoyed taking photos in Kimono
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Audience were fascinated by Aikido workshop Seasonal decorations and traditional food samples were on display

March 14, Students from Shafallah Center celebrated Girl’s Festival “Hinamatsuri”

On March 14, Ambassador and Mrs. Otsuka invited 40 guests including 25 students from Shafallah Center at Ambassador’s residence to celebrate the Japanese girl’s festival “Hinamatsuri”. The event started with a brief introduction of the Hina dolls, followed by a series of entertaining events, such as Origami, Kendama (Japanese wooden toys), Yukata tryouts, Calligraphy and a demonstration of the Japanese martial art of ‘Aikido’. Both teachers and students had a great time experiencing these unique aspects of the Japanese culture.

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Shafallah students posing for a group photo with Ambassador and Mrs. Otsuka Girl student wearing Yukata
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Guests lining up for calligraphy performance A demonstration of Japanese martial art “Aikido”

March 5, The Great East Japan earthquake photo exhibition “Then and After” at Qatar University

In March, 6 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Embassy of Japan and Qatar University, in collaboration with Marubeni Corporation, organized “Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Then and After” photo Exhibition at Qatar University. During the exhibition, photos showing the situation both, right after the tsunami and after the progress in the reconstruction process were displayed. In addition, the Japanese documentary film “Sanma and Qatar” was screened, which depicts the recovery process of the small town of Onagawa. The exhibition presented a good opportunity to reiterate Japan’s gratitude to Qatar for providing recovery assistance of 100 million dollars and additional supply of 4 million ton of LNG. Ambassador Otsuka, Dr. Hassan Al-Dirham, President of Qatar University, Mr. Hato, Director of Marubeni corporation-doha office and Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director of QFFD were present at the opening ceremony.

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Ambassador Otsuka delivering his opening speech Mr. Hato (left), Ambassador Otsuka (Second from left), Dr. Al Derham (Second from right), Mr. Alkuwari (right) at opening ceremony
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Touring the exhibition Ambassador and Dr. Al Derham having a friendly conversation

March 11, “The 9th Annual Japanese Speech contest” at Qatar University

On 11th March, “The 9th Annual Japanese Speech Contest” was held at Qatar University, organized by the Embassy of Japan, Qatar University and the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association in Qatar (JALTAQ). 21 Japanese language learners had an opportunity to present their language skills. The contest was followed by “Aikido” demonstration and “Rakugo”, a traditional form of Japanese comedy, as well as reception serving Washoku (Japanese cuisine), where participants and audience mingled.

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Ambassador Otsuka delivering his opening speech Mr. Ibrahim Abbas Ahmed won the first place at free topic category
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Audience listening carefully to the speeches A demonstration of Japanese martial art “Aikido” attracted the audience
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Rakugo, presented by Japanese club, Qatar University A group photo of Ambassador Otsuka, participants and sponsors

February 23, Japan Cultural Week “Japan Week”

The Embassy of Japan in Qatar, in cooperation with “Junko Sushi & Japanese Dining” Restaurant, held a cultural event “Japan week” to celebrate the growing cultural exchange between Japan and Qatar. Japan Week was proposed by Mr. Kiyohisa Nanri, Advisor to the Ambassador of Japan to Qatar for Japanese food in order to promote high-end Japanese food products and genuine Japanese culture in Qatar. Many dignitaries were present at the event, including Ambassador and Mrs. Otsuka, Mr. Ibrahim Fakhro, Director of Protocol Department from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the ruling family, business people and students. The event featured slicing demonstration of a huge raw Tuna fish ‘TOROKURO MAGURO’ in Japanese style (in cooperation with the president of J-trading Kobe Inc) and the way of making Japanese tea ‘SENCHA, HOJICHA, GENMAICHA’ by Mr. Sugimoto, which was brought from Mie prefecture. Many people enjoyed the genuine taste of Japanese agricultural products such as ‘AMAOU strawberry’ and Japanese green tea ‘YAMECHA’ from Fukuoka prefecture, ‘NOMUMOMO’ juice from Fukushima prefecture, as well as the juice made from the tasty apples of Aomori prefecture. Ishikawa prefecture’s traditional crafts (in cooperation with the president of Kutaniyaki-Dentokougeishi) were also displayed and succeeded in presenting an opportunity to introduce the beauty of Japanese craft to many people in Qatar.

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Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka delivering the opening remarks ‘AMAOU Strawberry’ from Fukuoka prefecture
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Cutting Tuna fish ‘TOROKURO MAGURO’ in Japanese style Cutting Tuna fish ‘TOROKURO MAGURO’ in Japanese style
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Enjoyed tasting three different Japanese teas Mr. Kiyohisa Nanri (left), Ms. Junko Nanri (second from the left), and Mr. Ibrahim Fakhro (second from the right), Ambassador Otsuka (Right)

February 16, 2017 Reunion Reception at Ambassador’s Residence

On February 16, Ambassador Seiichi Otsuka hosted Reunion Reception at his residence for those who have visited Japan from Qatar, under the various government-sponsored programs including the one organized by Qatar Leadership Center. During the event, the attendees talked about their memories and impressions on Japan while enjoying Japanese delicacies as Sushi, Dorayaki, Japanese sweet, and green tea.

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A Participant speaks about his memorable experience in Japan Hinaningyo (Hina-dolls) decoration at the residence
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Captain Tsubasa (Majid) translated in Arabic Participants enjoyed Dorayaki(red-bean pancake) and Sushi