What would be the first thing that comes to mind when Japan is mentioned in a conversation? Could it be the well-known Japanese flag? Or perhaps their traditional dress, the Kimono? How about the Tsuzumi?  If the latter didn’t come to mind then don’t worry, it’s actually a kind of a hand drum. There are many things that we may not know about Japan hence, we at Sutera recommend a short trip to the atrium of Times Square Shopping Complex. This is where the Japanese Language and Culture week 2018 will run during the three days period from 2nd to 4th of February 2018.

On the 2nd February 2018, the Japanese Embassy with Japan Foundation and Time Square Shopping Complex held the opening ceremony for the event. Arriving at the event as the Guests of Honour are, Yang Berhormat (Retired) Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, His Excellency, Mr. Motohiko Kato, the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam and Ms. Amal Majidah Hj Suhaili, the general manager of Times Square.

“The event not only focuses on Japanese culture, but also promotes its language and the opportunities for studying in Japan. There will be exhibition booths that will share information such as the Japanese Government Scholarships by Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) for those interested in studying abroad in our country,” said His Excellency, Mr. Motohiko Kato, in his opening speech.

During the launching, there was a special guest appearance by the Ryoma Quartet, a band with an interesting take of fusion art between the classical instruments and new music. The band featured traditional Japanese instruments such as the three-stringed Tsugaru-jamisen, the Shinobue flute and of course, the Tsuzumi; all the while playing a tune of modern styled music for the gathered audiences.

Visitors will also find other interesting activities happening during the three day’s event. There will be various youth groups of Brunei demonstrating Japanese martial arts, Kendama performances by Yoyo Sprinters, as well as a Japanese cooking presentation by none other than the Chef from the Japanese embassy. There are still plenty more to list down, so be sure to check it out during the weekend!

An important thing to note; there will be a lucky draw for those that do attend the event. Visitors will need to stop by some of the exhibitors’ booths like from the Japanese embassy, BAJA, Reiko Sdn Bhd and others to participate. There will be exciting prizes to be won and the winners will be announced during the closing ceremony at 7.15pm of the final day.

To get more information about the event, you can contact Times Square’s marketing department at 2338208 or 2338006 or visit their Website, Facebook and Instagram.