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07/18/22

In Memoriam Dr Vladimir Kos

Tokyo, 18.7.2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that the voice of Dr Vladimir Kos, a great Slovenian who lived and worked in Tokyo for many years, has fallen silent forever. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, relatives and fellow comrades.

 

Dr Kos was an important member of the Slovenian community in Japan and made a visible contribution to the strong relations and friendship between the two countries. He came to Tokyo in 1956 as a Jesuit missionary. His life in Japan included work as a priest, after the war he took care of orphans in the suburbs of Tokyo, and later he taught for many years at the renowned Sophia University. His artistic work left a distinctive mark on Slovenia's visibility in Japan.

 

In 2004, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Janez Drnovšek, awarded him the Golden Order of Merit. Dr Kos was awarded the decoration for his literary opus, his contribution to Slovenian culture and language in the world, and his philanthropic deeds. In 2014, he was also awarded the Prešeren Fund Prize for his collections "Pesmi z japonskih otokov" (Poems from the Japanese Islands) and "Ob rahlo tresoči se tokijski harfi" (By the Slightly Trembling Tokyo Harp). In the prize citation, he was described as "the greatest poet of emigration".

 

Dr Kos enjoyed attending meetings of Slovenians organised by the Embassy and the Slovenian-Japanese Friendship Group. The celebrations of the Slovenian Cultural Day always included his poetry. At the age of 96, at the request of the Embassy, he wrote a beautiful and moving poem on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Statehood of the Republic of Slovenia, which original version is below in memory of Dr Vladimir Kos.

 

His ever-smiling face and the poetry of his soft words remain in the memory of all of us at the Embassy. His work describes both his homelands, Slovenia and Japan, the two countries to which he remained loyal to the very end. Although life did not deprive him of many bitter experiences, his approach conveyed the message that every moment, no matter how difficult, is a mere challenge, a step on the way to a better, brighter tomorrow. We lost a great person, but the heavens received a beautiful star.

 

Moj potni list (My Pasport)

ČEZ LETA TRI − ČE BOG DA − BOM STO LET ...

MOJ POTNI LIST − ODKAR ŽIVIM V TUJINI

JE VES SLOVENSKI! FOTO LE JE BLED:

KOT DA DOLŽAN SEM NEKAJ ZGODOVINI ...

SLOVENSKEGA PEČATA NI ME SRAM −

DRŽAVA SMO − PEČAT TO IZPRIČUJE!

IN TUDI, ČE BOM MORAL KDAJ DRUGAM ...

SLOVENSKI POTNI LIST Z MENOJ POTUJE!

PO BARVAH MI SLOVENIJA DIŠI:

V POMLAD CVETOV, V ZAMAKNJENOST PLANINE,

V JESEN SADOV IN GOB, V ZLATÓ IZ VIN ...

IN V ZIMO S SNEGOM, Z ANGELČKI IZ GLINE.

Vladimir Kos, april 2021

06/27/22

Opening of the exhibition about Alma M. Karlin entitled "Japan At Last!"

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo, together with the Celje Regional Museum, the German Cultural Centre OAG Haus, the Embassy of Austria in Tokyo and the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, opened an exhibition on Alma M. Karlin entitled "Japan At Last!".
The exhibition marked the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the famous writer, journalist and world traveller Alma M. Karlin to Japan and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and Japan.


In her opening address, Ambassador Dr Polak Petrič stressed the importance to present Alma M. Karlin as a cosmopolitan and a person who embodies the intertwining history of European nations - Slovenian, Austrian and German. This is an important message from Alma M. Karlin, especially now as the war is raging in Europe. Alma M. Karlin was also a remarkable woman who was ahead of her time. We also want to present her work in Japan through the lens of gender equality promotion.


The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including Dr Elisabeth Bertagnoli, Austrian Ambassador to Japan, Aisawa Ichiro, Chairman of the Japan-Slovenia Parliamentarian Friendship League, Kenko Sone, Director General for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Stefan Speidel, Member of the Board of Directors of the OAG - The German East Asiatic Society. The speakers highlighted Alma M. Karlin as a citizen of the world, her thirst for knowledge, her courage and determination.


The author of the exhibition, Barbara Trnovec, highlighted the importance of Alma M. Karlin as a bearer of values and her wish to finally place Alma alongside the world's greatest travellers. She told the audience about her remarkable achievements - Karlin travelled the world like no one before her, and after her return from her travels, her travelogues achieved astonishing international success and recognition.
The opening of the exhibition was also attended by the Director of the Celje Regional Museum, Stane Rozman, who presented the second oldest Slovenian museum and its treasures. 


The event was attended by many representatives of the diplomatic community in Japan, representatives of cultural and educational institutions and Slovenians living in Japan.

06/22/22

RECEPTION ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AND THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AND JAPAN, 22 JUNE 2022

On 22 June 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo organised a reception for the diplomatic community, Slovenian citizens and representatives of Japanese institutions on the occasion of the Slovenian National Day and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Slovenia and Japan. Around 90 people attended the event.

In her welcoming address, Ambassador Dr Polak Petrič stressed that political relations between the two countries are at an exceptionally high level, which is also reflected in the numerous visits by high-level representatives and cooperation at the highest level over the past few years. The two countries share views and interests on important global issues such as the fight against climate change, the defence of human rights, multilateralism, the implementation of activities in the Western Balkans and the Indo-Pacific region. The Ambassador also congratulated all Slovenians for their contribution to the friendship between the two countries.

This was followed by an address by Mr Hirofumi Takinami, Member of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament and member of the Japan-Slovenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, representing Fukui Prefecture, and Mr Hideki Uyama, Director General for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Both congratulated Slovenia on its National Day.

At the end of the event, the Deputy Minister for Digital Policy, Mr Koichi Akaishi, toasted Ambassador Dr Polak Petrič, thanked her for her work and for deepening relations between the two countries, and wished her good luck for the future.

The programme was enlivened by a magic performance entitled "30th Anniversary Special Magic" by Youri Terashima, and the Slovenian and Japanese national anthems were performed by the famous Japanese pianist Ms. Harumi Hanafusa.

Special Exhibition to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Alma M. Karlin's Visit to Japan

Exhibition info: 

JAPAN AT LAST! 

27. June (Mon) - 3. July (Sun), 2022 

Exhibition on the Slovenian writer and world traveller Alma M. Karlin, her life and world journey, marking the 100th anniversary of her arrival to Japan. 

Place: Tokyo German Culture Centre (Admission free) 

7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 

Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00

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