There are times when world harmony feels like something of a pipe dream. An unreachable goal due to the many differences that the countries of the world have. From cultures to their way of life, all these differences serve to be the catalyst of many misunderstandings and is partly the source of many of the world’s problems. However, it’s surprising that this very same disparity and the difference in culture is how certain countries get along. For example, Japan and Russia are about as different as can be – and yet, somehow, they can understand each other through the sharing of each other’s rich history and culture.

A hard-earned relationship

Such a combination leading to improved relations can seem implausible, but this was not achieved without a great amount of effort. If not for Patokh Chodiev’s charity through the International Chodiev Foundation, the relationship between Russia and Japan would likely be entirely different. It is mainly due to the foundation having a hand in some of the most significant events present in both countries in the form of festivals as well as exhibits. Their goal is to help spread awareness of either Japanese or Russian culture, hoping that those who participate will learn something new as well as learn to appreciate what the corresponding country has to offer.

A larger event than you might think

The Japan-Russia Exchange Festival in Japan is not something to be taken lightly, that’s for sure. Featuring some of the best Russian talents and focusing on performances and theatre, it’s a festival that travels across Japan – reaching forty of its forty-two regions. Even crazier still is the fact that this event can last upwards of eight entire months, the perfect example of how passion can spread the love of culture and help improve international relations. The festival in Moscow is similarly impressive, with the celebration being mainly about Japanese technology. There are also concerts for those looking for entertainment.

Spreading awareness through culturally significant exhibits

One of the best examples of a culturally significant exhibit being sponsored by the International Chodiev Foundation would be The Kubota Collection. It is an exhibit featuring some of the most visually stunning and masterful kimonos, crafted by the late great Itchiku Kubota. The best part is that it isn’t restricted only to Russia. The Kubota Collection is toured around the world where it is appreciated by millions upon millions of people. By spreading awareness, Japan can improve its cultural and diplomatic relations by exposing the world to the beauty of its craft.

To conclude, these culture-fuelled events have a positive effect on all countries involved – with Japan and Russia making the most out of their situation. There’s no denying the fact that they make an odd pair, but their bond is one forged through the respect of each other’s culture; a relationship that isn’t so easily broken. With a bit of hope and effort, their relationship will continue to blossom as the years go by, and they can serve as the model of harmony for the rest of the world to follow.