Cultural Exchange Between Japan and Ukraine
The Japan-Ukraine cultural exchange association provides humanitarian aid. According to the association, Ukraine is currently experiencing a boom in Japanese language and culture. Particularly, there is a strong yearning for Japanese Kimonos. However, Kimono prices are high, and students and workers in Ukraine cannot afford to buy them. To address this problem, the association launched the "Kimono Bank". Kimonos are given as gifts to students and workers in Japan and Ukraine, and Ukrainian students and workers who receive them make donations. All the money is sent to hospitals, organizations, etc. as a donation for people suffering from the Chernobyl accident.
Cultural Exchanges from 2017 to 2019
In 2018, “Ukraine Week in Tokyo" and in 2019, "Month of Ukrainian Culture in Japan" were held, which included classical music concerts, exhibitions of traditional costumes, fashion shows, hands-on Petrykivka painting classes, and an exhibition of works by modern Ukrainian artists.
The Beginning of the History of Bilateral Relations
After World War II, Odesa and Yokohama became sister cities in 1965, and Kyiv and Kyoto became sister cities in 1971.
Establishment of Official Diplomatic Relations
After the opening ceremony, cooperation, and exchanges between two countries were further deepened, starting with President Kuchma's official visit to Japan on March 22, 1995.