Aaric Eabbe October 24, 2018

There’s no denying the fact that Russia and Japan have vast cultural differences. You might think that this makes it more difficult for the two countries to get along, and, in most instances, you’d be correct. After all, differences in culture can cause disparity and misunderstanding. However, it’s incredible how much the effort of a single foundation – and in essence a single man – was able to help the two countries forge a powerful bond through the appreciation of each other’s culture.

The International Chodiev Foundation was founded by Dr Patokh Shodiev, an inspired man who wanted nothing more than to help Russia’s relations with Japan. It is with his efforts that the foundation got started in the first place, and now the foundation is sponsoring events so popular that the whole world takes notice. There are three primary projects that the Chodiev Foundation sponsors that have made a big difference so far.

The Kubota Collection

The first and perhaps the widest reaching, the Kubota Collection is a series of kimonos dyed in the unique style of Itchiku Tsujigahana. Tsujigahana is an old and mysterious dying process that was put back into the limelight by the late Itchiku Kubota. However, even with his best efforts the original dying process is still very much a mystery, but the Kubota Collection is without a doubt a series of absolute masterworks. People all over the world still visit the exhibition wherever it’s available, and the foundation sponsors it and keeps the Kubota Collection popular and relevant to this day.

The Exchange Festival in Japan

Russia is well-known for having a wonderful theatre scene. Their emotionally charged performances have received nothing but glowing praise, and it is the basis by which the Exchange Festival in Japan operates. Once again sponsored by the Chodiev Foundation, the Exchange Festival seeks to spread Russian culture across Japan – and it has succeeded thus far. As a matter of fact, the festival goes through forty of the forty-two regions of Japan and lasts an unbelievable eight months overall. It has helped open Japan to Russian culture and has helped foster respect for their craft.

J-fest in Moscow

While a Russian festival in Japan might still seem plausible, a Japanese festival in Russia seems a bit more far-fetched. However, the foundation is known for challenging the status quo, and what better way to do that than to help Russia appreciate the core of Japanese culture and technology through a very popular festival? Surprisingly enough it’s a massive success in Russia, with many enjoying the lectures, workshops and seminars that litter J-fest. There are quality concerts as well to help spread Japanese musical talent during the festival!

To conclude, through the sponsorship of these three events, Japan and Russia were able to see past many differences and were able to learn to appreciate each other’s varied cultures. Mutual respect is the building block of world harmony, and Dr Patokh Chodiev can rest easy knowing that he was able to make such a difference.

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