Muscat: Visitors to the Japanese ambassador's residence benefitted from a firsthand introduction to Japanese arts and food on Wednesday when George Hisaeda and his wife Midori hosted a ladies' cultural day.
The event provided the ladies with a chance to learn origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, and Japanese calligraphy, which includes several different styles using bamboo brushes and ink. The ambassador's chef, Hideki Miura, also demonstrated how to make sushi rolls, and the ladies tasted Japanese green tea.
"It is our sincere hope that you will feel like having a piece of Japan here today and experience traditional Japanese hospitality," said Hisaeda, welcoming
Guests also had a chance to play with some traditional Japanese children's toys, see highly realistic models of food that are used to attract customers to restaurants, and admire the collection of Hina dolls. The beautifully decorated dolls, which are dressed in kimonos, are used for the celebration Hinamatsuri, or Girls' Day, on March 3 each year.
Hisaeda also took the opportunity to mention some of the progress Japanese women are making. He said under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's leadership, there are now women ambassadors, for example.
"Mr Abe is trying to elevate women to their rightful place as equal members of Japanese society," Hisaeda said.
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