Islamabad, February 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): Book launching ceremony was held at the Japan Information and Culture Center of the Consulate General of Japan at Karachi. Two books were launched on Japanese literature and history in Urdu, entitled ‘Journey of Tradition of Japan’ written by Mr. Abdullah Miyazawa, Ms. Fatima Miyazawa and Mr. Iqbal Barma and ‘Green Fragnance of Red Flowers’ compiled and edited by Mr. Khurram Sohail, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan.
‘Journey of Tradition of Japan’ is a voyage from the ancient Japan to the modern Japan. Readers can acquire basic knowledge about Japan through this book. Whereas ‘Green Fragrance of Red Flowers’ is a compilation of literary works of Japanese and Pakistani authors. The book presents unique Japanese literature, poetic vision and awareness to its readers. The book also explores how Urdu got popular in Japan.
Mr. Akira Ouchi, Consul-General of Japan at Karachi, inaugurated this event. While addressing the gathering in his inaugural speech, he said that “Japan and Pakistan marked 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year and we carried out a series of celebrations and cultural events to commemorate this anniversary.
Both books help Pakistani people understand the richness of Japanese historical and cultural background. I am certain that these two books will contribute to the introduction of the Japanese culture and history well to the Pakistani people, thereby to promote the cultural exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. I sincerely hope that these two books will be read by many Pakistani people.”
Other noteable speakers at the event were Dr. Moin uddin Adeel, Prof. Mohammad Salaam Mughal and Dr. Rauf Parekh. Closing remarks were presented by Mr. Masamichi Abe, Senior Consul (DCM), Consulate General of Japan, at Karachi.
On the occasion The Consul General expressed his heartfelt gratitude and honour by presenting ‘Appreciation Certificates’ to the authors. The author of ‘Journey of Tradition of Japan’, Mr. Iqbal Burma presented a shield to the Consul General as a vote of thanks, whereas the author of ‘Green Fragnance of Red Flowers’, Mr. Khurram Sohail who is also Media Advisor in the Japanese consulate presented a ‘Memorial Shield’ to the Consul General in appreciation for the contribution of Japanese Authors for promotion of Urdu in Japan.
For more information, contact:
Consulate General of Japan
6/2 Civil Lines, Abdullah Haroon Road,
G. P. O. Box No. 3745
TEL: +92-21 3522-0800 (Ext: 134)
FAX: +92-21 3522-0820