TOKYO -- Iran's Culture Week held in the conference hall of the Japan Foundation in Akasaka Twin Towers, Minato-Ku, Tokyo ended here on Thursday at a special ceremony in presence of a great number of the Japanese and Iranian officials and fans of culture, reported IRNA.

The artists and scholars attending the one-week cultural event were lauded at today's ceremony. Iran's Culture Week consisted of three sections, an art exhibition and workshop on eight various handicrafts, theatrical performances and exclusive seminars.

Iran's Ambassador to Tokyo, Ali Majedi, speaking at the ceremony, said that the attending artists, represent a country, which has been exposed to propaganda campaign. "Iran and its people are falsely branded violent, while in the history of mankind it is acknowledged as a nation of poetry, literature and Gnostics," he added.

The ambassador noted that just as President Mohammed Khatami has repeatedly declared Iran strongly supports dialogue among civilizations and deplore war and demolition. "Meanwhile, we believe that dialogue among cultures will contribute to promotion of the world peace and tranquility," he added.

A 30-member team consisting of Iranian artists and intellectuals headed by the managing director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization for Cultural and Artistic Affairs, Alireza Esmaeili, were in Tokyo on the occasion.

Iran's Cultural Week, was celebrated in Japan for the second time, the first event dates back to five years ago. It was organized jointly by Iran's embassy in Japan, the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Japan Foundation, and Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Selected samples of enamelware, inlaid wooden works, carpet and kilim were showcased in the exhibitions, along with the screening of 12 Iranian films including Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry and Rassoul Sadr Ameli's

I Am Taraneh, 15.


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