Turkey’s first festival to promote Japanese culture began in the country’s capital Ankara on Saturday (10.02.2018). More than 300 people took part in the opening ceremony of the “Japan Festival”, NHK World reported.
The number of people who have taken an exam to gauge their proficiency in Japanese has increased by more than 50 percent this fiscal year, compared to last year, the news service reported.
Numan Kurtulmus, Turkish minister for culture and tourism pointed out that the number of Japanese tourists in Turkey is now increasing after a decline due to concerns over the security situation. He too expressed his hope for further cultural exchanges between the countries, NHK said.
Entertainment at the festival included music played on a Japanese “koto” harp and a traditional Turkish flute called a “ney,” as well as a dance performance.
Source: NHK World
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