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.