24.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Koïchiro Matsuura hosts Japanese traditional dining and music for Irina Bokova

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with former Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and UNESCO Artist for Peace, the composer Missa Johnouchi, on 24 November 2010, during her first official visit to Japan

Former UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura gathered the vice-Ministers of education and foreign affairs, diplomats, university professors, scientists, heritage specialists, artists and others for a traditional Japanese dinner at a Tokyo guest house to welcome his successor Irina Bokova to Japan on the first evening of her official visit on 24 November 2010.

During the dinner, the Director-General expressed appreciation for the important role that Japan plays in UNESCO. The evening was graced by the performance of UNESCO Artist for Peace, Missa Johnouchi, whose fluid compositions for piano, flute, biwa (a Japanese type of lute) and djembe expressed all the richness that comes from cultural diversity and creativity.

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