Embassy of Japan in FSM holds annual ‘Japan Film Festival 2012’
The Japanese Film Festival organized by the Embassy of Japan and sponsored by the Japan Foundation opened at the Pohnpei Center Cinema from October 23rd to 27th, 2012. It showcased five Japanese films with English subtitles. The opening movie “Railways”, is a drama directed by Yoshinari Nishikori and starred by Kiichi Nakai. This movie tells the story of a 49 year-old office worker who quit his job in Tokyo to return to his hometown of Izumo, Shimane to work as a rail car driver.
This year, an anime film was also featured. The films were provided by the Japan Foundation, an organization that also offers a two week Japanese language course, in which an FSM student has been able to participate in every year.
On the opening day, Ambassador Suzuki welcomed all the guests and gave his opening remarks in front of an eager and excited audience. Ambassador Suzuki remarked that he hopes these films will encourage students to learn about Japanese culture. In closing, Ambassador Suzuki thanked the audience and hoped that they would all go home satisfied to have experienced a little bit of Japan through the films. Over 1,000 people attended this five-day event this year.
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