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Japanese Hanami Festival Celebrated in N...

09.04.2019 On April 9, in the RA National Assembly Park, next to the blossoming sakuras, one of the most beautiful and most important festivals of the Land of the Rising Sun, Hanami, where the RA NA Vice President Lena Nazaryan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the RA Jun Yamada, the Head of the RA NA Armenia-Japan Friendship Group Edgar Arakelyan the members of the Group and cultural figures. According to the Expert on Japan, v.ann LTD Company Founder-Director, one of the organizers of the event Anna Vardanyan, in 2015, when in the NA...
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Hinamatsuri at IROHA Center (Video)

Hinamatsuri at IROHA Center (Video)

On March 15, 2019, from 16:00 to 19:00 o’clock at IROHA Armenian-Japanese Educational and Cultural Exchange Center there took place Hinamatsuri. In the beginning of the event, two students of the center with the help of a slide show made beforehand explained the attendees what is the Holiday of Hinamatsuri. Then all the attendees went to the room, where with the Japanese explanation of Minamie sensei and the Armenian translation of Marina Barseghyan they made dolls, with which they decorated the hinadana of this year. After that, they sang together the song of...
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The Opening Ceremony of the 13th Japanes...

On March 1, 2019, at 18:00 o’clock in Moscow cinema there took place the opening ceremony of the 13th Japanese Film Festival. After that there was shown the film “The Curtain Rises”, which the audience watched with great satisfaction. Author: H. Muradyan translated from Armenian into English...
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Tea Ceremony and Setsubun in IROHA Cente...

On February 22, 2019 at 16:00 o’clock in IROHA center, two students of the center in a slide show with the explanation written in Japanese presented to the audience in Armenian the holiday of Setsubun. After that, the attendees were divided into two groups and in two separate rooms they made ehomaki with their own hands, of course with the instructions of the teacher. Then looking in the direction of that year and keeping silence the two groups ate together the ehomaki. After that, there took place the ceremony of mamemaki. After a short break, another interesting...
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March 1 – March 7 13th Japanese Film Fe...

February 19, 2019 The Embassy of Japan in Armenia, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, “HIKARI” Armenian-Japanese Scientific, Educational and Cultural Center, Municipality of Ejmiatsin and Vanadzor technological Center will organize the 13th Japanese Film Festival from March 1 to March 7. This year, Japanese films will be screened in the cities of Yerevan, Gyumri and Ejmiatsin, Vanadzor and Stepanavan and all the films will be shown in Japanese with English or Russian subtitles. The entry is free to all the screenings. Brochure of the Festival We...
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The Fourth Anniversary of “IROHA” Center and the Celebration of New Year 2019 (Video)

The Fourth Anniversary of “IROHA” Center...

On December 23, 2018, from 13:00 to 15:00 p.m. in the Nairi hall of Ani Plaza Hotel there took place the celebration of New Year 2019 by the “IROHA” Armenian-Japanese Educational and Exchange Center NGO and the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the given NGO. At first, the guests were welcomed by the president of the center Rouzanna Khojikyan and the vice-president Minamie Syuitsi. Then there was a slide show of the activities of the center, which was orally presented in Japanese and Armenian by the tutors of the center Zarine Hovakimyan  and Shushan...
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The 85th Anniversary of the Emperor of J...

On December 4, 2018 from 18:30-20:30 p.m. at “Armenia Marriot Hotel” there was celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Emperor of Japan Akihito. translated from Armenian into English by M.Vardanyan Author` H....
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Opening the travelling exhibition “The Dolls of Japan” (Video)

Opening the travelling exhibition “The D...

On 2018 September 20 by, the sponsored of Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Armenia, Ministry of Culture of RA and Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum, at 14:00 the opening ceremony of the “Japanese Dolls” traveling exhibition took place at Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum . Author: H....
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Armenian – Japanese Music Evening (Video)

Armenian – Japanese Music Evening ...

On the 13th of September, 2018, at 19:00 under the auspices of the Komitas Museum Institute and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia took place, a one-and-a-half hour long, Armenian-Japanese music evening. Programme Hajime Okumura – “Onda no Funata” Akira Ifukube – “Tanabata”         3.Akio Yashiro “Piano Sonata” Laureate of Republican and international competitions and Armenia’s Prezidential award recepiant pianist Anahit Dilbaryan had performed. Ghazaros Saryan- “Aria and Toccata” Had performed by the laureate of...
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Commemoration Ceremony Dedicated to the Memory of Victims of the Atomic Bombing   of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Cities

Commemoration Ceremony Dedicated to the ...

On August 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., near the plaque of Peace Covenant placed in Children’s Park of Yerevan, took place a commemoration ceremony dedicated to the victims of nuclear bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities. Such a ceremony near the plaque of Peace Covenant has been held every 5 years by the Armenian-Japanese Hikari Scientific-Cultural Center NGO. And the initial program was launched in 2005 on August 6, there launched the center’s first big action titled “Peace Lanterns”, which during years developed into a big peace and cultural program. The opening of...
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The Presentation of Ancient Japanese Art Mizuhiki in IROHA Center (Video)

The Presentation of Ancient Japanese Art...

On July 3, 2018 from 16:30 to 18:00 Isi Mie sensei and Yokoyama Midori sensei presented to the students of IROHA Center a practical lesson of the Japanese traditional art mizuhiki. The art of mizuhiki was brought to Japan from China during Edo era. It is the art of decorating the envelopes of the official invitations. Nowadays it is mainly used for decorating the envelopes especially when giving money as a present on wedding ceremonies. During joyful ceremonies they decorate the envelopes in red, yellow, white or other bright colors and during sad ceremonies they...
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The Visit of the Newly Appointed Ambassador of Japan in Armenia to IROHA Center (Video)

The Visit of the Newly Appointed Ambassa...

On June 26, 2018 from 16:00 to 17:00 p.m., the newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to Armenia Yamada visited IROHA center. During the visit, the president of the center Ruzan Khojikyan first of all showed the ambassador the small territory of the center. Then the students of the center presented the works done up to now, the beautiful pictures stuck on the posters made beforehand and told about them in Japanese. Then the attendees asked the newly appointed ambassador questions that they worried about. At the end of the meeting two...
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Farewell Party Dedicated to the Ambassador Eiji Taguchi at “Hikari” Center (Video)

Farewell Party Dedicated to the Ambassad...

On May 14, 2018 from 17:00 to 19:00 at Hikari center took place a farewell party dedicated to the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan in the Republic of Armenia Eiji Taguchi. Author: H. Muradyan translated from Armenian into English...
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Kimono – Lecture and Master Class (Video)

Kimono – Lecture and Master Class (Video...

On May 11, 2018, from 16:00 to 19:00 o’clock at the Center of the Japanese Language and Culture of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University there took place a master class of kimono, which was conducted by a graduate student Alexandra Kisina. The program included a lecture on the history of kimono, as well as practical trainings (master class), during which those who wanted put on kimonos and tied the traditional belt obi with the help of the assistants chosen beforehand and of course Alexandra Kisina. Author: H. Muradyan translated from Armenian into English...
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Japanese Hanami Festival Celebrated in Parliament Park

Japanese Hanami Festival Celebrated in P...

On March 29, in the RA National Assembly Park Hanami festival was celebrated, and an opening ceremony of the signboard on Japanese sakuras was held. The latter announces that the trees were planted in the Parliament Park for the token of the Armenian and Japanese peoples’ friendship. The RA NA Deputy Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, the members of the RA NA Armenia-Japan Friendship Group, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Armenia Eiji Taguchi took part in the event. The launch of the book The Armenian-Japanese Historical and Cultural...
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“IROHA” Center Once Again Celebrated Hanami

“IROHA” Center Once Again Celebrated Han...

On March 18, 2018 “IROHA” center once again celebrated Hanami. First of all let’s understand what is Hanami (in Japanese 花見). Hanami is a part of the Japanese culture. When sakura blossoms (the flower of cherry tree), the Japanese have an outdoor party under the sakura and admire the pink blossoms of sakura. As unfortunately sakura does not grow in Armenia, this year “IROHA” center celebrated Hanami in a park full of apricot trees, which didn’t yield sakura in its beauty. Fortunately, the weather was sunny and it didn’t change our plans. As soon as we...
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Demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Video)

Demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremo...

On March 15, 2018 from 11:00 to 14:00 o’clock at State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia took place the demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony, which was organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Armenia and “Hikari” Armenian-Japanese Scientific, Educational and Cultural Center NGO. The sponsor of the ceremony was the Armenian branch of Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT). Author: H. Muradyan translated from Armenian into English...
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The Celebration of Setsubun Holiday in IROHA Center (Video)

The Celebration of Setsubun Holiday in I...

At the beginning of the event, the teachers of the centerZarine and Shushanik told about the holiday, after which all the members of the center on that day sang the song dedicated to that day.  Then they split into two rooms, because the group was big and they wouldn’t fit in one room. And with the explanations of the two sensei of the center Minamie Syuitsi and Ruzan Khojikyan each of them made ehomaki for themselves. After that, the students of the two rooms went to the living room together with the ehomaki, which they have made themselves. And according to...
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Mojitsuki – Party of Making Japanese Moji (Rice Dessert) in IROHA center (video)

Mojitsuki – Party of Making Japanese Moj...

On January 28, 2018 from 13:00 to 15:00 in IROHA center took place the party of making Japanese Mojitsuki, which has already become a tradition. In the beginning of the party, the president of IROHA center Ruzan Khojikyan explained what is Mojitsuki. Then the students of the center, who are more that 60 at the moment, half of which have found time today to participate in the party, started to contribute to the process of making moji. After that Ruzan sensei mixed moji in starch and made small balls, corresponding to the number of participants and put them into...