July 23, 2009
YANGON, July 23 (Xinhua) -- A Japanese fashion show, featuring Japan-Mekong culture exchange program, will be held in former capital of Yangon next month, sources with the Japanese embassy said on Thursday.
The fashion show, highlighting Japanese life style and culture, is jointly organized by the designer Junko Koshino, Japan foundation and the Japanese embassy.
The show is scheduled to hold on Aug. 23 at the Strand Hotel, the sources said.
Another Japan-Mekong cultural exchange year program of Ekabana flower decoration show, Karatedo, Judo and Ikido demonstration shows will also be held in the second largest city of Mandalay on Aug. 28, it added.
Meanwhile, Myanmar non-professional directors have been invited to take part in a Mekong three-minute short film contest, which was prescribed the participants must be under 25 years and designated to be shot by home video cameras.
The other five Mekong member countries of China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are also invited to join the event.
The 20 winners' video feature films will be shown as part of the program of the Children Day Festival in Kagoshima, Japan scheduled for Dec. 5 this year.
Moreover, Myanmar professional photographers have also been invited to take part in Mekong photo contest, organized by the Mekong Tourism Coordination Office (MTCO).
Under the title of "Explore Mekong", the contest aimed at exploring the beauty and culture of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), boosting the region's tourism sector as well as enhancing the world's impression over the cultural heritage of the GMS member countries.
The GMS-Economic Cooperation has worked out a plan for development of tourism as part of its economic cooperation in the sub region, designating the year 2009-2010 as GMS tourism year.
Under the Japan-Mekong exchange year program, music concert, film festival, get-together party, and Japanese speech contest have also been introduced every month since January this year.
Editor: Pan Yanan