H.E. Mr. Hideo Sato, Ambassador of Japan to Israel for the Furoshiki Design Contest:"Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth which has been in use for centuries to carry clothes, gifts and other goods. It was originally just a piece of cloth but eventually developed into a multi-purpose handy cloth with beautiful colors and designs.
The Japan-Israel Furoshiki Design Contest was held last December to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries. Both Japanese and Israeli young designers participated in the contest and two winners were chosen, one from each group.
I would like to congratulate the Israeli winner, Miss Dikla Chen-Saar, as she won the best award in the contest. Her design conveys the message of both Japan and Israel for peace through flying doves and flowers with an excellent touch of Japanese atmosphere. The Japanese winner, in turn, shows menorahs designed in wonderfully arranged patterns.
You are cordially invited to enjoy those beautiful works of art, together with equally excellent works of other prize winners. We would be more than happy if you would also feel our friendship and gratitude through those furoshiki cloths. Our deep appreciation goes to the Design Museum of Holon for hosting the exhibition and for its close cooperation."
Grand Prize Certificate: Dikla Chen-SaarBezalel Academy of Arts and Design , Jerusalem, IsraelTitle: Wings Flap "The Wing-Flap of a dove represents Harmony & Peace, Balance and Beauty. Two cultures of two nations complimenting each other, working together for a better future."
Certificate of Excellence:Shouta Kojima School: Interior Design, Nagoya Mode Gakuen, Japan Title: Tatami Mat and Candlesticks"Tatami mats are the symbolic element of Japanese rooms, while candlesticks symbolize Israel. This design brings together these two elements to create the image of a Japanese room interspersed with candlesticks. My hope is that this sort of cultural combination will help to deepen the ties of friendship between the two countries."
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