First Armenian Khachkar Installed in Japan

Community members gathered at the khachkar opening ceremony. (Source: Armenpress)
Community members gathered at the khachkar opening ceremony. (Source: Armenpress)

Community members gathered at the khachkar opening ceremony. (Source: Armenpress)

TOKYO (Armenpress)—An Armenian khachkar was installed on the campus of Japan’s International Christian University on December 22, in honor of the Armenian Genocide Centennial. This initiative was put forth by the Embassy of Armenia to Japan.

The khachkar opening ceremony was attended by representatives of social and cultural structures, lecturers of the university, students, and representatives of the Armenian community. Armenia Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Japan H.E. Grant R. Pogosyan, President of the International Christian University Junko Hibiya and Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees Kakutaro Kitashiro all gave speeches during the opening ceremony.

In their speeches, they emphasized how symbolic and significant the erection of the first Armenian khachkar is in Japan, especially since Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion. It was also noted that the erection of the peace cross-stone is the testimony of continuity and strengthening of the Armenian-Japanese relations.

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