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Friday, 17th June 2011
In Events In Japan, Japan Entertainment News,

French arts festival being held in Yokohama

Yokohama is hosting an artistic celebration of all things French, in celebration of the historical link between Japan and the European state.

The Month of France festival, which started on June 15th, has been organised by L'Institut Franco-Japonais.

Mark Jarnes, writing in the Japan Times, noted that the link between the two countries goes back hundreds of years.

"The relationship between Japan and France began in the early 17th century, when a Japanese ambassador and an accompanying samurai stopped off in Southern France on their way to Rome," he said.

"They caused a stir with the locals. The infatuation must have been reciprocated because, 400 years later, Yokohama has dedicated a month to all things French."

Running until July 15th, the Month of France will include arts such as dance, music and painting. The festival overlaps with another celebration for Francophiles in the Japanese city: the Yokohama French Animation Film Festival. 

Written by Mark Smith

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