On June 26, 2016, the Embassy of Panama in Japan, in collaboration with the Friendship Association of Panama and Japan, organized the cultural event “Panama Day”, at the Center of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), called “JICA Global Plaza”. /p>
At first, Mr. Makoto Misawa, President of the Association and Ex Ambassador of Japan to Panama, delivered the opening remarks, expressing his gratitude to the Embassy for the support to carry out this event.
Also, Mr. Ryoji Kan, Mayor of Imabari city, a sister city of Panama city, offered a presentation about the maritime relationship between Panama and Imabari city, referring to the 40 years of friendship between the two cities next year, in which an official visit of the Mayor of Panama city to Imabari is scheduled for next march. Also, he mentioned about the cultural events held in Imabari with the purpose of disseminating the knowledge of Panama.
On behalf of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Mr. David De Leon, Chargés d’affaires a.i., delivered a presentation about the country showing various aspects, such as economy, tourism, culture and gastronomy, etc. In the section of culture, the audience enjoyed the traditional costume show, so called Pollera, Montuno Formal and Montuna, worn by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador of Panama to Japan, Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Tokyo and his wife, Mrs. Adriana Nunez.
Furthermore, Mrs. Tsuyako Miyazaki, Teacher of Mola, carried out a presentation about the history of this Panamanian traditional handcraft, made by indigenous ethnic group Guna, showing more than 50 photos of Mola blouses and Guna people, taken since the 1920s until now. Also she exhibited some clothes with Mola embroidery, which she obtained during her research in the indigenous region, known as Comarca Guna Yala, as well as some Mola pieces with the symbol of a Guna’s festival, so called Chicha.
During the lunch, the participants had an opportunity to taste Panamanian food, such as Panamanian beef stew (Ropa Vieja), Guandu beans rice (Arroz con Guandú), Beet and potato salada (Ensalada de Feria) , Pan pudding (Mamallena) , Panamanian rum and coffee. During the toast, the Wife of Ambassador expressed her sincere gratitude for the effort of the members of the Friendship Association of Panama and Japan to promote our country among Japanese people.