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Changsha arts say 'konichiwa' in Kyoto

Updated: 2017-02-21

 
Changsha arts were staged at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Culture City of East Asia project in Kyoto from Feb 17 to 19.

 

Initiated in 2013, the Culture City of East Asia project is a tri-national event to promote cultural exchange between Japan, China and South Korea. Each nation selects one city to explain its cultural development through various programs to encourage trilateral exchanges.

 

Changsha was selected as to become China's Culture City of East Asia 2017 last July, while Kyoto is Japan's representative, and Daegu is South Korea's.

 

At the opening ceremony, Chen Zhong, vice mayor of Changsha promised to expand the city's long-standing connections with Japan and South Korea through cultural exchanges.

 

Chen Zhong, vice mayor of Changsha makes a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Culture City of East Asia project held in Kyoto on Feb 17. [Photo/Hunan Daily]

 

Artists from the three cities performed their local songs and dances at the ceremony. Changsha artists performed flower drum operas and sang the Japanese song Sakura to the accompaniment of traditional Chinese instruments -- a show of friendship between the two countries.

 

Further events and exhibits are planned to be held at each selected Culture City of East Asia throughout 2017.

 

Changsha dancers perform in Kyoto on Feb 17. [Photo by Lu Mingbang/Changsha Evening News]

 

Source: Changsha Evening News & Hunan Daily