On August 21-22 Ambassador Mykola Kulinich visited Kyoto in order to take part in celebrations on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and the 40th Anniversary of establishing sister-cities relations between Kyiv and Kyoto.
On August 21 Ambassador opened the photo exhibition “Ukraine–Japan: the Crossroads of the Worlds” by Ukrainian photographer Halyna Shevtsova and the Japanese master of calligraphy Keiko Fukumitsu. The exhibits expressed vivid cultural parallels in the lifestyles of both people as well as spiritual similarity of Ukrainians and Japanese. During his opening speech the Ambassador noted that the longtime friendship which exists between Kyiv and Kyoto cities enriches Ukraine-Japan bilateral relations in general and brings its two people even closer. Kyoto mayor Daisaku Kadokawa was present at the opening ceremony along with other City Hall representatives, members of Kyoto cultural, educational and public organizations.
On the same day Ambassador addressed those present at the gala-concert “Young Ballet Artists of Ukraine and Japan” with the participation of the students from the Kyiv Choreographic School, Terada Ballet Art School and ballet artists from the Kyiv National Opera. After the statement that Japan is one of the most important partners for Ukraine and country which offers help one of the first, Mykola Kulinich stated it is Ukraine’s turn to do everything possible to help Japan to recover from the hard times caused by the tragic events of March 11. Acknowledging the importance of cultural cooperation between two countries, Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Director of Terada Ballet Art School – Michiko Takao – for her tremendous efforts to strengthen friendship between Kyiv and Kyoto, Ukraine and Japan. It is thanks to the activity of Michiko Takao that Kyiv ballet school gains more and more admirers in Japan with every year.
On August 22 Ambassador visited the Kyoto City Hall where he met the mayor Daisaku Kadokawa. During the meeting the future mayor Kadokawa’s visit to Kyiv in order to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of establishing Kyiv-Kyoto sister-cities relations was discussed along with the issues of trade, economic, education and scientific cooperation between the two cities. Among other matters, parties discussed possible cooperation between Kyoto University and Ukrainian universities.»