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Hosting Thé de l’Amitié Belgo-Japonaise

On 2 June, Ambassador Kodama hosted Thé de l’Amitié Belgo-Japonaise at his residence. A total of 30 people, including the Ambassador of Japan to Belgium, Ambassador Hayashi, and members of Thé de l’Amitié participated in this event.
During the event, Mr Jason Kouchak performed a 30 minute concert, which included traditional Japanese and Belgian songs, as well as a couple of classical piano pieces kindly dedicated to the event. After this, guests enjoyed some confectionaries, including traditional Japanese sweets made by the chef to Ambassador Kodama. Please find below a short biography of Mr Kouchak.

Mr. Jason Kouchak was born in Lyon, France. He was educated at Westminster School and studied classical piano at the Royal College of Music and Edinburgh University. In relation to Japan, Mr. Kouchak performed his interpretation of "Sakura" for Emperor Akihito in London in 1998. He has also been active in performing for charity events in the aftermath of the Kobe, Tohoku, and Kumamoto earthquakes.

Thé de l’Amitié Belgo-Japonaise was created on the initiative of the wife of the Ambassador of Japan to Belgium in 1971. By doing so, she was responding to the request of an experienced and enthusiast group of Japanese art collectors that had gathered since 1967 with the aim of exchanging their respective cultural experiences relating to Japan. The Association’s main purpose is to promote cultural exchanges between Belgian and Japanese citizens through the organisation of “Thé de l’Amitié Belgo-Japonaise” meetings.