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25 August 2013 Japanese Prime Minister Visit to Bahrain Museum
Japanese Prime Minister Visit to Bahrain Museum

H.E  Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture,  received at Bahrain National Museum the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as part of his “ historical” visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The  Minister of Culture expressed her desire to deepen relationships with Japan and  voiced interest in developing these with Japan especially in the cultural field, noting that both Bahrain and Japan have a common remarkable  historical progress in terms of cultural exchange between both countries. Thus, last March 2013, and in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and  The Japanese Embassy , the Ministry of Culture,  organized “The Dolls of Japan”  Exhibition as part of the festivities to celebrate Manama as the Capital of Arab Tourism, in 2013.

 Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on his part, stressed the need to open new channels for bilateral cooperation, in all fields, including culture,  expressing his delight to discover the glorious and wonderful Bahraini civilizations, culture and heritage, which are exhibited for the visitors and the National Museum.

Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister,  toured the museum halls,  starting with  the hall displaying  Dilmun Burial Mounds, which  are a number of necropolis areas on the main island of Bahrain dating back to the Dilmun, the Umm an-Nar Culture and later eras. Archaeologists have unearthed few pieces of pottery and occasionally shell or stone stamp seals, baskets sealed with asphalt, ivory objects, stone jars, and copper weapons inside these burial mounds’ graves. The Japanese Prime Minister appreciated the historical importance of the archaeological findings exhibited at the museum halls, and was impressed by the precious stones, semi-precious metals inside these ancient civilization’s graves. In fact,  Bahrain National Museum boasts  7000 years old artefacts since the first human inhabitants set foots here.

Japanese prime  Minister  was debriefed also on a state-of-the art museum and research centre, which is to be built at the Saar archaeological site. The designs, sponsored by have been created by world-renown Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The museum overlooks one of Dilmun’s ancient civilization’s burials and will exhibit archaeological findings and Centre for Archaeological and Historical Research.

 Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister also visited the Custom and Traditions Hall, at Bahrain National Museum, where he got acquainted with the richness of the ;ocal traditional Bahraini culture, customs, clothing, life styles and historical houses. At the end of his visit, the prime minister of Japan was briefed on the main Investment in Culture projects, among which Bahrain National Theatre, and had a tour inside the Contemporary Art Exhibition gallery.

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