[14th October 2016]

THE MISSION PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL FESTA JAPAN 2016

Kenya Embassy Booth at the Global Festa Japan 2016

Global Festa Japan 2016 was held on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, October 2016 in Odaiba Center Promenade. The event, formerly called 'International Cooperation Festival' 'is usually co-organized by Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) and also with support from Japanese Private Sector. Since its commencement in 1990, the event has come to be considered as the largest annual event on international cooperation in Japan.

Despite the chilly weather, the weekend was a beehive of activities as show growers braced the rainy and windy weekend to come to the exhibition to sample various cultures of the world including Dances, food, cultural artifacts and games for children. The event was a great occasion for Kenya Mission as it was being hosted immediately after the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe's state visit to Kenya accompanied by over Seventy Japanese Private Sector Executives after the successful hosting of TICAD VI Summit in Nairobi on 27-28th August 2016 that attracted over 18,000 participants out of which 4,000 were Japanese. TICAD process is considered as the epitome of Japanese cooperation with Africa and it was the first time that TICAD Summit was held outside Japan since its inception in 1993.

The Mission was amongst Embassies, government agencies, NGOs, international organizations that mounted booths to showcase their cultural and economic activities. During arena events on Saturday October 1, Kenyan students were among African students under ABE initiative program interviewed by the event moderator, Amb. Junzo Fujita on the impact of TICAD process on African Development following the just concluded successful hosting of TICADVI Summit. Kenyan Diaspora Musician, Esther Thirimu 'aka' Swinky was also interviewed and aired live by the local media houses on Kenya culture, her life experience in Japan and on tourism attractions in Kenya. She thereafter amplified the crowd with live music performance as the crowd joined her in singing Kenyan hit songs such as 'Jambo Kenya, Malaika and Music compositions by late South Africa Music Legend Mariam Makeba among others. African Music is becoming very popular in Japan.

Kenyan Japan-based Musician, Esther Thirimu aka Swinky being interviewed by Amb. Junzo Fujita, Ambassador for TICAD at Show Arena

A young show goer admiring a giraffe carving at Kenya Embassy booth

Swinky's Performance – Jambo Kenya

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