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The Embassy of Japan though its Political and Cultural Affairs Section recently hosted a drums and dance night in Lilongwe.

The aim of the annual event was to introduce Japanese culture and to promote cultural cooperation between Malawi and Japan.

Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Shuichiro Nishioka and Minister of Sports and Culture, Grace Chiumia graced the occasion.

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In his remarks, Nishioka said the drums and dance night is one of the important gatherings in the Japanese cultural calendar.

“The event is important because of its ability to foster and celebrate the mutual love for music, dance and drums which both the People of Japan and Malawi have in common,” said Nishioka.

On her part, Chiumia hailed the relationship that exists between Japan and Malawi.

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“We need to promote our culture and at the same time appreciating other countries’ cultures. We are glad to watch Japanese drummers and dancers perform in Malawi,” she said.

During the event, there was a collaborative performance between Japan and children from Music Crossroads Malawi.

It was a wonderful night as several people from all walks of life patronised the event.

For the past four years, Japanese drummers and dancers have been visiting the country to showcase their traditional Japanese “Taiko” drums, which are considered to be “the heartbeat of the Japanese people.”

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