Yangon hosts J Series Festival for the first time

Audience enjoy the Japanese TV episodes at Yangon Convention Centre yesterday. Photos: Hla Moe
Audience enjoy the Japanese TV episodes at Yangon Convention Centre yesterday. Photos: Hla Moe

A Japanese organization sponsored the J Series Festival or the Japanese TV episodes for first time in Myanmar at Yangon Convention Centre (YCC) yesterday evening. The main organizer, the executive committee of the International Drama Festival in Tokyo, has held the J Series Festival for five times in Thailand, two times in Indonesia and one time each in Vietnam and Taiwan. At the ceremony Myanmar News Agency interviewed the officials and artistes.

Mr. Shigemura Hajime (Organizer) of the executive committee of the International Drama Festival
We have been organizing the festival in Asian countries for six years, and it is the first time in Myanmar. The main goal is to further enhance Japan-Myanmar friendship through the introduction of Myanmar people to popular events in Japan and vice versa. It is my honour to hold this festival here.

Ms. Hada Michiko, the protagonist of a Japanese TV series
It’s a pleasure for me that Myanmar people are enjoying Japanese dramas. Thanks you all, and hope that better Japanese TV episodes will follow in the future. I believe that Myanmar people will embrace them. As Myanmar and Japan have many similarities, we would be able to shape a better future together.

Ms. Milet (Vocalist)
I am so thankful that I could sing my first song in Myanmar. I wish Japan and Myanmar do well in further promoting their friendly ties through the art. It’s a privilege to be here.

Ms. Hirahara Ayaka (Vocalist)
I am very happy as I could sing the theme song “If” of the TV series “A house under the dreams” together with Morisaki Win. The song highlights the success achieved through collective efforts.

Mr. Morisaki Win (Vocalist and actor)
I am happy that Japanese dramas can be screened in Myanmar, and I hope continued support of the people. I thank all who lend a helping hand for holding the festival.
The Japan-Myanmar Film Festival 2020 will be held at Thuwunna Bhumi Event Park in Yangon on 9 February. Popular vocalist of Myanmar will entertain the public together with Hirahara Ayaka and Morisaki Win. Booths and food stall of Japan and Myanmar will be opened at the festival. Interviewer: Yi Yi Myint, Photos: Hla Moe.

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