The Japan Training Squadron Band and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Band performing at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre in Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific.
The Training Squadron and the Embassy of Japan held Joint Musical Concert in collaboration with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces on 26th August 2019 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre in Laucala Campus
, University of the South Pacific.
The idea for this Joint Musical Concert was to showcase the friendship between the two nations, Fiji and Japan.
USP has been part of it ever since the Kizuna and JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) initiative in partnership with the Government of Japan.
Japan-Pacific Alumni Association (JPAA) comprises of those who have been participants of the Kizuna and JENESYS programmes. The JPAA members volunteered in ushering the VIPs that attended the Concert, they also assisted the Embassy staff with handing out the programme and making sure the event went smoothly.
In all the Embassy of Japan’s cultural events, USP (JPAA members) students is encouraged to assist and promote the Japanese culture in the pacific because of the initiative and partnership with the Government of Japan.
The event started with the Japanese drum performance by Shozui Daiko of the Japan Training Squadron, followed by renderings by the Japan Training Squadron and the Fiji Military Forces. There were also two joint performances.
Training Squadron Band is comprised of 19 band members nominated from six Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Bands, namely Tokyo Band, Yokosuka Band, Kure Band, Sasebo Band, Maizuru Band and Ominato Band. Tokyo Band performs under the direct control of the Minister of Defense, whereas the others are attached to each District Force of JMSDF.
Since May 2019, they have embarked on JS KASHIMA together with newly commissioned naval officers for their voyage to promote international relations through the power of music and their performance has been greatly applauded by people in each destination. As a part of their musical performance, Japanese Drum, “Wadaiko (和太鼓)” was also performed.
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