Ceremony of the Utakai-Hajime for 2018 at the Imperial Palace

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January 12, 2018: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat, of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo, had the great honor and pleasure of attending the Imperial Family’s New Year’s Poetry Reading, the Ceremony of the Utakai-Hajime, at the Imperial Palace.

Dr. Bashir Mohabbat was greatly honored to be one of the few Ambassadors this year to receive an invitation and grated attendance to enjoy the annual poetry recital of the great traditional cultural event wherein eloquent poetry is recited at the request of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, as well as the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan.