Ambassador Fatimie takes part in carpet unveiling with Chairman Matsunami at NSSU

October 18, 2013: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie took part in a ceremony at Nippon Sport Science University hosted by Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chancellor Kenshiro Matsunami and President Tanigama. Mrs. Orya Afzali Farima, Second Secretary; and Mr. Jason Pratt, Public Affairs Officer; also represented the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the event.

The event unveiled a carpet given to the school through Chairman Matsunami by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan commemorating a friendship that also saw H.E. President Hamid Karzai speak at the school in 2012. The gifting of the carpet, with a design showing the Afghan national sport of Buzkashi, was facilitated by Ms. Sedeka Eto, a resident of Japan and dear friend of the Embassy.

Ambassador Dr. Fatimie delivered a speech on the occasion, which can be read below.

Honorable President Matsunami,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to join you here today for this very special occasion. Today we honor the symbolic representation of a deep and special friendship: the friendship of Afghanistan and Honorable President Matsunami.

Hon. President Matsunami has served as a bridge between our great nations in a number of key ways. As a teacher at Kabul University, he instilled in young Afghans a love of Japan. As a parliamentarian, he facilitated even warmer relations between our nations. And now in his key role at Nippon Sport Science University, he is inspiring the youth of Japan with an understanding and affinity towards Afghanistan. The friendship between Afghanistan and Hon. President Matsunami has therefore been extended to a friendship between our nation and this esteemed university.

Honoring this enduring and valued bond, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has presented a most meaningful gift in the form of a carpet. This carpet is significant in multiple ways.

Firstly, carpets themselves are very special cultural artifacts. They are pieces of art and treasured possessions, as well as the most standard of furnishings. They line the floors of the common home and of the most powerful offices, and are used in sacred times. There is a proverb that says “my carpet is my house,” and we are honored if this carpet is considered part of a symbolic housing of the friendship between Afghanistan and yourself.

Secondly, the subject matter appropriately conveys a linking theme between Hon. President Matsunami and Afghanistan: sports. The carpet displays the traditional sport of Buzkashi. Through this we recall Hon. President Matsunami’s teaching of wrestling in Kabul and the current surroundings of Nippon Sport Science University. A sport of power, the theme of Buzkashi can also symbolize the strength of our bonds.

Therefore, in closing, allow me once again to express my gratitude to Hon. President Matsunami and Mrs. Matsunami for the friendship given and to all of you who have joined us today on this special occasion. Thank you.