HIH Prince Akishino Visits the Saudi Pavilion During Tokyo International Book Fair 2011

His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino and Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino paid a visit to the Saudi pavilion during the Tokyo International Book Fair 2011.

Their imperial highnesses were warmly received by Mr. Abdullah Ashammari, Saudi Embassy Charge d'Affaires and Dr. Essam Bukhary, Cultural Attaché who explained in Japanese thoroughly about the contents of the exhibition. While enjoying Arabic coffee and dates, they received explanations on the excellent workmanship displayed in the showcase and the variety of books exhibited.

At the end of his visit, HIH Prince Akishino expressed his admiration for the pavilion unique design and its embodiment for the cultural richness in the kingdom.

It is noteworthy that the kingdom got the privilege to participate in last year’s edition of Tokyo International Book Fair as a guest of honor. The participation was crowned with great success. This year’s Saudi pavilion was built in a strategic space of 40 square meters with a unique design which attracted a wide range of visitors including media.

Some of the items exhibited in the Saudi pavilion and made its uniqueness were the traditional handicrafts such as jewelries, traditional instruments and samples of sand and petrol. Besides the exhibition of paper books, electronic books were made available to the visitors. They were able to browse through and download some publications issued by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education.

In the kids’ space, visitors were attracted by the picture books translated into Japanese and movies picturing children TV programs in Saudi Arabia.

Visitors also lined up in front of the Arabic calligraphy corner showing great interest to this fine traditional Arabic art and they were offered elegant cards in which they got their names written in Arabic calligraphy.

Saudi hospitality was also present at the event. Dates and Arabic coffee from which emanates the aroma of cardamom were offered generously to all visitors.


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