Japanese Makie art expo opens in Bahrain

Manama, (BNA)An exhibition showcasing Japanese centuries-old Makie art opened today at Bahrain National Museum. The Ministry of Culture is holding the expo in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Manama and the Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain Shigeki Sumi

Manama, (BNA)An exhibition showcasing Japanese centuries-old Makie art opened today at Bahrain National Museum. The Ministry of Culture is holding the expo in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Manama and the Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain Shigeki Sumi and other diplomatic figures, ambassadors, cultural and art personalities.

The exhibition which traces this traditional art form through centuries is being held as part of the 9th Spring of Culture Festival under the theme: “Makie: Japanese Golden Inscriptions”. Japanese Makie, which has a history of nearly 1300 years, involves sprinkling gold or silver powder on lacquer. The art form, considered one of the finest in the world, spread from Imperial courts and nobility to commoners as it flourished in the 16th century, and still permeates daily life in Japan.

Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa hailed the event which turned Bahrain into a crossroad of arts as Manama is being feted as the Capital of Asian Tourism. She underscored the importance of art forms in building bridges between peoples, civilisations all over the world.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Bahrain National Museum director Rashad Faraj welcomed the attendees, hailing the Makie art expo which coincides with Manama Capital of Asian Tourism -2014.

Japanese Ambassador Shigeki Sumi also addressed the ceremony, thanking the minister of culture for hosting the Makie art exhibition, scheduled to run until April 6. “We are delighted as Japan is contributing through art in the Manama Capital of Asian Tourism-2014”, he said.

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