LONDON, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
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The Government of Japan is hosting various events and festivals all over the world during December 2011 through March 2012 as part of 'JAPAN NEXT' campaign. This campaign is designed to express Japan's gratitude to the world for its support for the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th 2011 and showcase Japan's recovery through the introduction of Japan's proud culture and technology which are referred to as 'Cool Japan.'
For the UK, two events are being held as part of 'JAPAN NEXT' campaign from the 14 to 18 March 2012 in London, showing Japan's gratitude and introducing the appeal of Japanese food. Events will have a theme of ARIGATO, the Japanese word for thank you.
From 14 to 18 March there will be "Tasting JAPAN WEEK" to offer a Tasting Japan experience at Westfield Stratford with Japanese food and Japanese alcohol. The Champion of the Year in IBA World Cocktail Championship Mr Takafumi YAMADA will be on hand to create delicious concoctions, including 'Great Sunrise' for which he won the World Cocktail of the Year with hope for Japan's recovery and a specially created cocktail 'ARIGATO' for 'thanking' the world for its support following last March. Arranged Japanese food will be also offered for tasting to show just how easily Japanese food can be cooked at home.
As part of the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations on Sunday 18 March Japanese performers including Maiko, Geisha and Japanese traditional instrument performers, as well as Japanese nationals living in the UK from Wakayanagi school of Japanese dancing dressed in traditional Kimonos will take part in the parade through central London. They will create an ARIGATO parade and there will be an ARIGATO stall at the festival in Trafalgar Square displaying panels and playing the video to thank the world for its support on Japan, which suffered the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the world for its support on the Great East Japan Earthquake. Now, one year after the earthquake, we will showcase Japan's recovery showing our 'ARIGATO' to people in London and offering them the opportunity to experience 'Cool Japan,' starting with Japanese food," said Director General Kenji Kondo, representing Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Secretariat.
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