Alisher Navoi’s birthday was celebrated in TokyoSolemn event, dedicated to the 557th anniversary of the great poet and statesman Alisher Navoi’s birth was held in Tokyo by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Japan jointly with Soka University.
The event was attended by heads, professors, teachers and students of Soka University and Tokyo University of Arts, members of “Japan-Uzbekistan” Friendship Association, as well as representatives of public and political circles, mass media of Japan.
During the event, professors of Japanese universities read out excerpts from poems of outstanding classic of Uzbek literature, as well as the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument of Alisher Navoi on the main square of Soka University in Tokyo took place.
As it was noted, poet's creative heritage is an outstanding contribution of Uzbek people to the treasury of world culture and civilization. According to the participants, establishment of the monument to Alisher Navoi in Tokyo has become a symbol of cultural dialogue between our nations, historically associated with Great Silk Road.
Speaking about the great interest in Alisher Navoi’s works in Japan, participants noted that his works were translated into Japanese. At the same time, the curriculum of Soka University includes the study of Alisher Navoi’s creativity, which is an invaluable asset not only in Uzbekistan, but also all over the world.
Rector of Soka University, Professor Yoshihisa Baba noted that Alisher Navoi is an outstanding person, who left indelible mark in the history of all mankind, and his works are truly the pearl of world treasury knowledge. Japanese scientists are showing great interest in poet’s works. The monument to great poet at Soka University is a symbol of friendship and spiritual exchange between Japan and Uzbekistan.
Y.Baba also read out Alisher Navoi’s wise words in Japanese that are engraved on the pedestal of the monument, having special significance in the modern world:
“Know this, all humankind:
The greatest curse is enmity,
The greatest blessing, amity”.
Professor of Soka University, famous scientist and scholar of Navoi works Mitsuru Koyama noted that Alisher Navoi’s works cause great interest all over the world, including Japan.This is evidenced by the fact that masterpieces of the great poet were translated into many languages. Monographs and brochures, his scientific works are published in Japanese.