The Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania organized on 3rd March 2023, a joint cultural and tourism promotion event named, “Join Us for Tea at the Embassy of Tanzania” together with “International Artists Center (IAC)” of Japan which was attended by 40 Japanese and friends of Tanzania.
“Join Us for Tea” events have been organized at the Embassy with a view to cementing bilateral exchanges between Tanzania and Japan through people-to-people interaction. This year's event follows on from the previous one, that took place in 2015 and marked the start of the first series of tea events program; which continued with the cooperation of other 26 embassies until 2019, just before COVID-19.
During this year’s event, the audience was given a presentation on the tourist attractions in Tanzania, highlighting the wealthy Tanzania historical and cultural heritage, cuisine and drinks. The event also included watching the famous “Tanzania – The Royal Tour” documentary translated in Japanese as well as tasting of Tanzania food and drinks, the wrapping of the famous “kanga fabric” and “Masai shuka” as part of celebrating the unique culture of Tanzanian people.
In his remarks, His Excellency Ambassador Baraka Luvanda appreciated the long association of IAC with Tanzania for many years and thrilled to learn that the Embassy of Tanzania was the founding embassy of the series of "Tea Events" organized by IAC. He called for continued partnership and friendship in promoting Tanzania's unique culture and tourism for many years to come. He concluded by urging participants to visit Tanzania and see for themselves what they had learned about the country at the event.
The IAC was established in 1960 as a private organization in Tokyo, Japan for praying for peace in the country; and became a non-profit organization in 2006. The founding members were musicians who were exposed to the radiation from the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. Since its foundation, IAC have organized a number of cultural exchange projects with the embassies in Japan as a vital way to promote international understanding and strengthen friendships.