Book Launch and Mola Exhibition « EMBASSY OF PANAMA IN JAPAN

Book Launch and Mola Exhibition

On February 7th, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes in Tokio, carried out the launch of the Mola book titled, “The Tsuyako Miyazaki Collection MOLA ART FROM GUNA YALA OF PANAMA”, written by Prof. Tsuyako Miyazaki, which took place at the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo.

Prof. Tsuyako Miyazaki is a well-known instructor of Mola in Japan, who manages an institute of Mola in Tokio, teaching the technique of this Panamanian traditional art to Japanese people. In this occasion, Prof. Miyazaki published a photobook with more than 1,800 photos of antique Mola pieces that she obtained in Panama during more than 40 years of investigation about Mola.

The event began with the welcome remarks by Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of Instituto Cervantes, who expressed his gratitude to the Embassy for carrying out the book launch and exhibition in this cultural center, which aims at spreading of Spanish and Latin American culture.

During his opening remarks, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, conveyed his sincere thankfulness to Prof. Miyazaki for her contribution to disseminate the Guna culture among Japanese people. Also he mentioned that the Molas, in current days, are used not only for clothes of Guna women, but also for different daily goods, such as kitchen gloves, eye glasses cases, aprons, handbags, cushions, hats, tablecloths, shawls, neckties, wine bottle cases, etc.

In the Mola exhibition, inaugurated after the book launch, Prof. Miyazaki donated a copy of her books to the Director of the Instituto Cervantes, as a study reference for the Institute’s library.

It is important to point out that the book launch counted on the participation of more than 100 people, who are engaged in the study of Molas of Panama. The participants appreciated a wide variety of Prof. Miyazaki’s antique Molas collection, which includes some pieces dated circa 1960’s, as well as the blouses of Guna women made in diferentes periods.

講演会で歓迎の辞を述べるセルバンテス文化センター東京のアントニオ・ヒル・デ・カラスコ館長

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes, during his welcoming remarks of the Book Launch

講演会で開会の辞を述べるリッテル・ディアス駐日パナマ大使

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks of the Book Launch

 


自著のプレゼンテーションを行う宮崎ツヤ子先生

Prof. Tsuyako Miyazaki, during the presentation of her book


講演会の来場者たち

Participants at the Book Launch



展示会開催記念カクテルで講演会で歓迎の辞を述べるセルバンテス文化センター東京のアントニオ・ヒル・デ・カラスコ館長

Mr. Antonio Gil de Carrasco, Director of the Instituto Cervantes, during his welcoming remarks at the Inauguration of Exhibition


展示会開催記念カクテルで開会の辞を述べるリッテル・ディアス駐日パナマ大使

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks at the the Inauguration of Exhibition


本の寄贈の様子

During the donation of the book to Instituto Cervantes

展示会の来場者たち

Participants at the Exhibition


グナ族の文化を表したモラ

Mola expressing the Guna culture


推定1960年代に作成されたアンティークモラ
Antique Mola made circa 1960’s


様々な時代のモラブラウス

Mola blouses made in differentes periods.