The 8th ASEAN Festival- An event held jointly by members comprising of 10 ASEAN countries and this year, Malaysia Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) was chosen as the Head Event Manager.
The event’s objective is to provide a platform for cultural exchange between Japan and other South East Asia countries in order to strengthen international relations and to foster friendship. Along with the 40th Year Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, we were targeting a larger event scale compared to last year.
This year, it was held on 20th July 2013 (Saturday) at Hollywood School of Beauty and Fashion, Roppongi Hills which was the same as last year’s.
Basically, ASEAN Festival shows every country’s presentation (Instead of having the usual slideshow presentation for country introduction, this year we changed it to a video style presentation), booth for each country (selling local delicacies and promoting their own country), cultural performances and fashion show.
In this ASEAN Festival edition, we, the Malaysian Team was fortunate enough to collaborate with Japan-Malaysia Association led by Mr.Arai Takuji and Tourism Malaysia In Japan. Mr.Arai Takuji acted as our performance conductor, teaching us the Sapeh & Bird dance and Tarian 1 Malaysia while Tourism Malaysia lent us all the clothes and props needed for the Cultural Performance and Fashion Show.
In a nutshell, ASEAN Festival was an eye-opener to visitors as they were able to experience the varieties of culture from ASEAN countries. The best part was experiencing the performances done by ASEAN students who are studying in Japan first-hand.
Photos of the event can be found in the MSAJ official facebook event page by clicking HERE!!
Zed Al Habshee
Bureau of Culture & Social
Malaysian Students Association in Japan (MSAJ)