Culture and art promote stability and facilitate relations and communications among countries, particularly Iran and Japan, said the Iranian cultural attaché to Tokyo.
Speaking to IRNA, Hossein Divsalar added that many countries, particularly developed states such as Japan, focus, primarily, on these sectors as the main axes and infrastructure for increasing interactions with other countries and, later, concentrate on other sectors, IRNA reported.
Describing relations between Iran and Japan as historical and longstanding, he noted that the historical background of ties between the two countries dates back 13 centuries.
Divsalar said in 2019, the two countries celebrated the 90th anniversary of their diplomatic relations based on their historical ties.
He added the two countries are interested in expanding their cultural relations.
Commenting on the role of cultural diplomacy in the development of ties among states, Divsalar said cultural ties, undoubtedly, prepare the ground for the expansion of relations among different countries in political and economic fields.
“Those countries that have managed to gain a better and deeper understanding of one another through their cultural ties have experienced more lasting relations.”
“No doubt, cultural diplomacy prepares the ground for the stability and continuation of relations among countries in all fields. Over the past 13 centuries, Iran and Japan have always experienced and pursued such cultural and historical relations.”
The remarks came as Iran is to hold Iran’s Film Week, being the third edition of the event, in Japan during August 10-12.
The Iranian Cultural Center in Tokyo is the sponsor of the film week, IRNA reported.
Iran’s Film Week will be held in cooperation with the municipality of Minato City – southwest of the Japanese capital of Tokyo, UNIJAPAN – a non-profit organization holding Tokyo International Film Festival and supporting and promoting Japanese films abroad, the Producers Association of Japan, Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation and the Department of Iranian expatriates’ affairs of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).
The Iranian Embassy in Japan has translated and subtitled 10 Iranian features to help Persian-language students in Japan.
The films include: ‘Sweet Taste of Imagination’, ‘Motherhood’, ‘Villa Residents’, ‘Azar’, ‘The Painting Pool’, ‘So Close, So Far’ and a documentary about the Sacred Defense in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives during the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran (1980-88).
In late July, the Cultural Center of the Iranian Embassy in Tokyo said that it had provided eight Iranian films with Japanese subtitles to entertain the audience and to be a reference for those studying and learning the Persian language in the East Asian country.