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Reach Out To Asia Qatari NGO Strengthens Japan Ties At Tokyo Cultural Festival

Tokyo Exhibition cements ROTA and Qatar-Japan 2012 Committee cooperation

DOHA, Qatar--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Qatar's leading not-for-profit educational organisation, celebrated 40 years of friendship between Qatar and Japan by participating in the first ever Ferjaan Festival, which took place at Rappongi Hills Arena from Thursday 27th September to Monday 1st October.

Ferjaan is the culmination of twelve months of cultural, sporting and business-related activities held under the Qatar-Japan 2012 banner and offers a fascinating opportunity to experience the cultural heritage of Qatar. Organised to share Qatari culture with the people of Japan, visitors attending Ferjaan experienced traditional Qatari arts and crafts through a series of activities including henna painting, falconry, embroidery, pearl diving, calligraphy and Qatari cuisine.

With the performing arts a major part of Qatar’s culture heritage, Ferjaan featured musical performances, film screenings, presentations and prayer sessions to promote Qatari culture.

“The year 2012 marks 40 years of friendship between the State of Qatar and Japan. It is a significant milestone; a friendship that both countries are eager to maintain, a successful relationship ROTA is proud to make stronger,” explains ROTA Executive Director Essa Al Mannai.

In the past 12 months, ROTA has built a close relationship with the country's Japan-Qatar 2012 Committee in the development of educational and cultural relations.

In partnership with the International Exchange Division at Asia-Pacific Culture Center for UNESCO (ACCU) in Japan, ROTA has hosted two groups of Japanese students in Qatar during 2012.

As part of the 40th Anniversary Qatar–Japan celebrations, a group of 40 Japanese students took part in the ROTA Wheels ‘n‘ Heels Community Fun Day in March, making a presentation which outlined how Japan is recovering after the March 2011 tsunami.

The following month, a group of 10 Japanese students took part in EMPOWER 2012, ROTA’s Annual Youth Forum, where they shared their experiences about how their schools in Japan recovered in the aftermath of the tsunami.

At the Ferjaan event itself, ROTA was honored by high profile visitors at its booth, including H.E. Abdulla bin Hamad Al Attiya Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and Princess Hisako Takamadu, and were introduced to ROTA’s projects and initiatives.

*Source: ME NewsWire

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Source: Reach Out To Asia