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Japanese floral art, traditional sweets showcased

Event held via collaboration between Japanese Embassy, Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Lahore and Lahore Sogetsu Study Group

Participants and embassy officials examine various displays during the floral exhibition. — Reporter/File
Participants and embassy officials examine various displays during the floral exhibition. — Reporter/File

LAHORE: The Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association (PJCA) Lahore and Lahore Sogetsu Study Group, showcased Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) and ikebana flower arrangement, two of Japan’s most cherished cultural traditions spanning over centuries of history.

Wagashi exhibition titled “Wagashi- Art of the five senses” presented the coloured dainty pieces of confectionery called the art of the five senses as they are works of art designed to appeal all the senses with their appearance, flavour, aroma, feel and the sounds of their names. While reflecting the various aspects of nature and the changing seasons, Wagashi sweets are exquisitely shaped and crafted earning them the name of edible art which are traditionally served as an accompaniment to the Japanese tea ceremony.

Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan, ITO Takeshi, inaugurated the two exhibitions which represented the essence of Japanese traditions and culture.

Yamazaki Tetsuya, the chef of the Embassy of Japan, on the occasion, demonstrated the art of preparing delicious wagashi sweets, using traditional ingredients and techniques.

The ikebana exhibition by the students and teachers of Lahore Sogetsu Study Group, exhibited their spring arrangements titled “Mughal Architecture through the eyes of Sogetsu Ikebana”.

Japanese embassy staff at the exhibition. — Reporter
Japanese embassy staff at the exhibition. — Reporter

The floral designs by the teachers and students displayed took their inspiration from the numerous Floral Frescoes of the monuments of the Walled City, namely Lahore Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Badshahi Masjid, Wazir Khan Masjid, Shahi Hammam to name a few.

Neveen Syed, Director Sogetsu Study Group, said the exhibition is the first of its kind in City. Japanese envoy Ito appreciated the exhibitions.

Art talk inspires artists

Alhamra Academy of Performing Arts hosted a captivating artist talk featuring the esteemed painter Ali Azmat. The session unfolded as a profound exploration of drawing and painting skills, where Azmat shared invaluable insights with aspiring young artists. 

He emphasised the significance of drawing as the fundamental language of expressing emotions, underscoring that repetitive sketching is critical to refining artistic work. Azmat also expressed pride in contributing to Alhamra Academy, where students benefit from the guidance of qualified instructors. 

Following the talk, a vibrant question-and-answer session provided a platform for the youth to seek guidance and insights. Executive Director Alhamra, Tariq Mehmood Chaudhry, highlighted the importance of such artist talks in nurturing the skills and creativity of young talents. He affirmed Alhamra’s commitment to continuing this series to enrich the artistic journey of the youth further.


Originally published in The News

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