Tanabata Festival 2019 Successfully Held in Cambodia

Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) 2019 was successfully held in Phnom Penh last weekend with over 6,000 participants.

The two-day event was opened under the presidency of H.E. Som Sokun, Secretary of State for Culture and Fine Arts and H.E. Horinouchi Hidehisa, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia.

According to a press release of the Embassy of Japan issued this afternoon, throughout the festival, organised by the embassy, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC) on July 13-14, many participants, especially Cambodian students, enjoyed Japanese tradition of Tanabata, and wrote their wishes on colored paper and hung on bomboo trees.

One of the attractive events was the performance by TEMPURA KIDZ. They performed Arapiya with the arrangement of high speed dance movement, which brought surprise and excitement to Cambodian youths.

This year’s festival also included a Nodojiman Japanese song contest, a concert by Cambodian original songs, workshops and orientations, Japanese movie shows, cooking classes, papers-related sessions, trial of traditional wear Kben and Yukata, trial of Japanese sport wear and challenge with Kendo and Iaido, a session for Khmer Archery and various exhibitions.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press