ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Japan and Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association (PJCA) in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organized the first-ever “Haiku Poetry Art Illustrations Exhibition” at the National Art Gallery on Thursday.
The objective of the exhibition was to promote creativity and cultural affinity about the traditional Japanese poetic form of Haiku among the youth of Pakistan, Warda Mitsuhiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, together with Justice (r) Ali Nawaz Chowhan, President, PJCA Islamabad, inaugurated the Haiku Art Illustrations Exhibition in the presence of haiku poets, artists, teachers, students and other distinguished guests.
The exhibition that features 110 artworks themed on the Haikus painted by the students from educational institutions in the twin cities including some art organizations have been put on display depicting their creative talent as well as their understanding of haiku. The exhibition was curated by Mr Jamal Shah, an eminent artist and executive member of Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Islamabad.
Haiku is a precise, compact and condensed form of traditional Japanese poetry written in 5-7-5 syllabic form usually in three lines that dates back to the 17th century and still remains popular in modern Japan, and is now practiced in many countries of the world including Pakistan.
Ambassador Warda appreciated the students and other artists participating in the exhibition for their eye-catching thematic art works reflecting their keen interest and understanding of haiku poetry and Japanese culture.