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::::: Activity Report: November 22th, 2012 :::::

posted Mar 6, 2013, 3:37 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 3:56 AM ]

We joined a cultural discussion between Africa and Japan hosted by Nihon Chukinto Africa Fujinkai.
Over 100 participants from Japan and African nation (Sudan Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon, Guinea…) got together at the Angolan Embassy.
We were divided into 6 groups (by region), and discussed about the topic “the process and custom of marriage” for 2 hours.
Most of the Japanese participants had imagined that African men and women would take the old traditional-bound steps in their marriage.

In reality, most of African couples still observe the religious ritual and rules in each country/village, but their custom and minds are changing to Western ways.
They keep a balance of both styles by adjusting their culture.
We were strongly impressed that their wedding ceremony is very open to everyone like family, relatives, friends and village people, which means Africans value their relationship with others through the celebration of the ”Marriage”, and their deep bonds build a prosperous and stable society for all the people living together.
It was a great opportunity to get to know each culture and their attitudes towards marriage through the cultural discussion. We noticed that the face-to-face discussion was the “true” cross-cultural exchange compared to getting information from books or internet.
(posted by Akie Ueda)