Ulyanovsk region continues to strengthen Japan–Russia relations

In July 2017 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the order to carry out the Year of Russia in Japan and the Year of Japan in Russia in 2018. The aim is to the ensure further development and strengthening of relations between the countries.


The head of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky suggested carrying out a particularly eventful Year of cultural exchanges. This idea was supported by Hirokazu Matsuno, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

By order of the Governor Sergey Morozov, it is planned to hold a number of thematic events in the region. A major festival "Days of Japan in Ulyanovsk" will take place in the regional center in May and June. Its programme will include educational, sport and cultural events aimed at different people - from school children and beginning athletes to auto enthusiasts and people who love theater and cinema.

Joint performance of the Japanese drums group "Gyoten" and the local group "Plyaska Sedmogo Neba" will be held in Ulyanovsk on April 4 in the Governor's Palace of Culture (Dvortsovaya St., 2) and at 18:30 on April 5 in Dimitrovgrad in Voskhod Recreation Center (Lenin Ave., 17). By order of the head of the region, tickets for the concert that will take place in the city of nuclear scientists will be free. Thanks to the cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, in Ulyanovsk tickets will be available at the special uniform price. Simbilet booking office will receive about one thousand tickets.

"We can see the great work that is carried out to establish relations between our countries. In particular, the project of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation called "Russian seasons" was launched in 2017 in Japan. The Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Governor was one of its participants. The Ulyanovsk region considers the Land of the Rising Sun as one of the strategic partners in development of economy. Cultural programmes, which are created and carried out by the Foundation “Ulyanovsk – the Capital of Culture” with assistance of a large number of partners, are our contribution to strengthening Japan–Russia relations", – commented Tatyana Ivshina, the director of the Foundation.

Performance of the Japanese drums group "Gyoten" and the local group "Plyaska Sedmogo Neba" is the joint project organized by the Embassy of Japan in Russia, the Foundation “Ulyanovsk – the Capital of Culture”, the Japan House Cultural Center, the Ulyanovsk regional office of the Japan – Russia Society, the Ministry of Art and Cultural Policy of the Ulyanovsk region, and the Center of National Culture of the region. Kravchenko Group Restaurants acts as a partner.

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Japanese drums & performance group Gyoten combines force of taiko drums, brilliant humor and the breathtaking theatrical performance. Taiko drums are the most ancient Japanese musical instrument which can make the loudest sounds in the world. Performances of the group is a mix of traditional musical art and modern Japanese performance.