There exists a festival in Moscow that focuses entirely on Japanese technology and culture. There are concerts from the best talents in Japan, and there are plenty of different lectures available for the locals who want to understand what Japanese technology is all about. It’s surprising how this festival grew in popularity to the point where even people around the world would visit Moscow to be able to join in the festivities. It’s something that would have been unthinkable decades ago but is made possible now due to the efforts of the International Chodiev Foundation.
The power of passion
Organisations such as the Chodiev Foundation have made it their responsibility to help foster relations and build bridges through the means of cultural appreciation. The reason why the festival in Moscow is so popular is that it shows a side of Japan that the Russians rarely see. It’s a bold but smart move to ensure that the two countries have a mutual understanding and are on the same page. It is thanks to these organisations that harmony is achievable.
The man behind the foundation
Dr Patokh Fattah Chodiev is the man behind the foundation, and it all began with his earnest desire to help spread Japanese culture to Russia. Having degrees in both International Law and Japanese, Dr Chodiev is known for more than the foundation, such as the founding of the Eurasian Bank as well as Eurasia Insurance. He already had several notches on his belt and he used this experience to eventually start sponsoring the incredible festivals and exhibitions that we see today. In the beginning, his primary goal was to improve Japanese relations, which is why his foundation began to sponsor the Exchange Festival in Japan and J-fest in Moscow.
Moving beyond the borders of Russia and Japan
However, it isn’t enough for Russia and Japan to be able to benefit from each other through cultural appreciation. His foundation also began to sponsor the now legendary Kubota Collection, kimonos that have been dyed in an incredibly unique process known now as the Itchiku Tsujigahana. This was named after the late Itchiku Kubota who crafted these masterworks – as well as Tsujigahana, the ancient dying process which was the focus of so much of his life. Compared to the festivals that are held in their respective countries, the Kubota Collection is not restricted, being given free rein to tour around the world. Powerful works such as the kimono that Itchiku Kubota lovingly crafted have a universal quality to it, and the praise it gets all over the world is a testament to that fact.
To conclude, while the world is still far from experiencing harmony akin to utopia, it is thanks to individuals like Dr Patokh Chodiev that the world is taking steps in the right direction. While cultures are the source of misunderstanding, they are also the source of inspiration and are the key to achieving mutual respect. We can only hope that the foundation and similar organisations continue to experience success in the near future.