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~50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relationship between Zambia and Japan~



On 2nd September, the Embassy of Japan in Zambia hosted the Japanese Drum Concert at INTER CONTINENTAL HOTEL, Lusaka, where about 560 people enthusiastically watched their dynamic performance. The musicians who travelled from Japan were Kenichi Koizumi, TAIKO (Japanese drums) drummer; Naomi Koizumi, Shinobue (Japanese flute) player; and Keiko Koizumi, dancer and drummer.


H.E. Mr.Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, delivered the opening address, mentioning that it is of importance that the friendly relationship between the two countries is enhanced even more in the next 50 years on the basis of our cordial relations over the last 50 years.


Audience at the concert Speech from H. E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma


On 3rd September, the Embassy of Japan held a workshop style concert by inviting about 40 students from Evelyn Hone College to the Ambassador’s residence, where the musicians gave a demonstration and explained each instrument to the college students. Students were enthusiastic about listening to the music and asking the musicians questions. They also demonstrated students how to dance “Tokyo Ondo” for introducing Japanese festivals and the students enjoyed interacting with the musicians by dancing together.


H. E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma's greeting Music demonstration
Students dancing "Tokyo Ondo" Student experiencing TAIKO


Not many occasions are available for experiencing Japanese Culture in Zambia. However, the concert and workshop are expected to enhance mutual understanding by expanding the relationship between Japan and Zambia through Japanese music culture.



To read the speech by Ambassador Koinuma at this concert, please click here.