Japan to hold 'ARIGATO in LONDON' event
“ARIGATO in LONDON,” an event to show Japan’s gratitude for the worldwide help, assistance and courage given after the Great East Japan Earthquake and also to show how Japan is recovering from the disaster, will be held for 15 days from July 28 to Aug 11 at London County Hall.
Veteran fashion designer Junko Koshino, 72, and Olympic hurdler Dai Tamesue attended a press conference in Tokyo recently to discuss the project. Koshino and Tamesue are two of the executive committee members.
The event is to include the screening of a film that has been made to express “arigato” (meaning “thank you” in Japanese) in 83 languages toward the 163 countries and regions that offered to help after the disaster. There will also be a photo exhibition showing the progress of reconstruction efforts held in cooperation with the Recovery Assistance Media Team and photographer Shinichi Sato.
Furthermore, on the terrace stage of County Hall, there will be, from time to time, traditional Japanese cultural performances such as Japanese dance, shamisen (three-stringed lute) and taiko (drum). Handicrafts from across Japan will be put on sale and a sake bar will be opened in an effort to communicate Japanese culture to the rest of the world.
Koshino and Tamesue are to take the stage alongside other committee members such as former soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata at the opening ceremony on July 28.
“With the Olympics taking place in London soon, I’d like to draw a parallel between the vigor of athletic competition and the struggle to rebuild following the Tohoku earthquake,” Koshino told reporters.