JAMSHORO: A 2-day Japanese calendar exhibition 2019 was inaugurated at the University of Sindh, Jamhsoro on Monday by Mext Alumni Association of Pakistan (MAAP) Sindh chapter and SU’s Institute of Art & Design (IAD) in collaboration with Japanese consulate in Karachi.
The event was organized at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto gallery of the Institute of Art & Design, University of Sindh wherein Japanese consul general (CJ) in Karachi Toshikazu Isomura and SU Thatta campus focal person Prof. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi (filing-in for VC Sindh University Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat who is in Islamabad in connection with an official engagement) jointly inaugurated the exhibition.
The calendars featured various themes related to traditional and contemporary Japanese art, sports, automobiles, nature, architecture and more. In addition to depicting Japan’s socio-cultural development over centuries, these calendars also showcased multiple facets of the Japanese print technology.
Most of the calendars on display were produced by Japanese companies, and many were printed on recycled paper.
This year, around 150 calendars have been put on display with the cooperation of Japan Calendars Association, various Japanese companies and Consulate of Japan in Karachi.
Speaking at the occasion, the Japanese CG Toshikazu Isomura said the purpose of holding the event was to introduce various aspects of Japan to the youth of Sindh studying at the university.
He said the calendars put on display gave a vibrant depiction of the Japanese heritage and cultural identity through reflection of images from traditional and contemporary arts, sports, automobiles, nature, legacy and architecture.
He said the consulate will extend its all-out support to the University of Sindh if it established a department like Pakistan-Japan language & culture at its campus.
“Let me share that Pakistan and Japan have friendly relations since long. I visited Pakistan in 1984 for the first time and then continued working and coming here”, said the CG. He added that the emperor of Japan Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019 as it was announced by the government in December 2017. After his abandonment, his son will be crowned as new emperor of the country, he said.
He thanked the university management and the Mext Alumni Association of Pakistan Sindh chapter and Institute of Art & Design for their cooperation in holding the exhibition.
Addressing the event, the focal person of SU Thatta campus Prof. Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain Solangi said that the variety of calendars represented the beauty and the true image of Japan.
He said that the event was a way to encourage people-to-people contact and gain information about the development of various sectors in Japan.
“Such cultural programmes will prove helpful for artists and the public at Sindh University, the purpose of the exhibition is to introduce various aspects of Japan to our young students”, he said.
President MAAP Prof. Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch said, “Today’s exhibition not only gives a picture of the socio-cultural development of Japan, but also exhibits the aesthetic features by Japanese calendar artists”.
Dean Faculty of Arts Dr. Abdul Ghani Shaikh said that the diplomatic bonds between Pakistan and Japan were distinctive and would be strengthened in future if such exhibitions continued.
“The Japanese Calendar exhibition has been organized to appreciate the natural beauty of Japan and to highlight Japanese culture here at the University of Sindh; such events strengthen people-to-people relations and best means to bring people of different countries closer”, he said.
Prof. Saeed Mangi said that by looking at the calendars, the visitors could imagine being virtually in Japan.
“The calendars are piece of art, and being an artist; I can understand the significance of photographs, designing, printing and publishing of these almanacs, he maintained.
He went on saying that the students of Institute of Art & Design will learn a lot of things after observing these priceless photographs and the way of designing.
On the occasion, MAAP Sindh chapter president Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch, general secretary Dr. Khan Muhammad Brohi, treasurer Dr. Anila Naz Soomro, dean faculty of arts Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghani Shaikh, incharge director Institute of Art & Design Prof. Saeed Mangi, Prof. Naimatullah Khilji, syndicate members Dr. Arfana Mallah, Dr. Jamshed Chandio, Dr. Rafique Ahmed Lashari, Amar Sindhu, Prof. Maria and many others were in attendance at the ceremony.
The exhibition will remain open for the public view till today (April 23).