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Cambodian students perform dance in Kota town

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Cambodian Students Association in Nagoya (CSAN) has performed a traditional dance called Rorbamm Kuoss Tralauk (coconut dance) at an international exchange party in Kota town, Japan.

The event was organized by Kota International Association (KIA) at the Kota Town People’s Hall on January 20, 2008. It was also celebrated as the 15th anniversary of KIA, according to the speech by the President of the Association.

Six Cambodian students (ORN Panha, SAMBO Samphors, SUN Chhunhieng, SENG Hun, NOP Kanharith and CHAN Sokyeng) from Nagoya University were asked to perform the coconut dance. The dancers had spent a few hours almost every day two weeks before the party learning and rehearsing the dance on their own using the video cd they got from home.

They were not professional dancers. The idea was to exchange the Cambodian culture with the Japanese and the guests of other nationalities who were present at the party.

Video taken by Y Samphy, uploaded by SAMBO Samphors, one of the dancers

20 Cambodian students in total from Nagoya and other areas of Aichi prefecture attended the party. Several other nationals also joined the event, including those from Brazil, China, Vietnam, Argentina and Korea, announced the Master of Ceremony at the event.

HENG Molyaneth of Nagoya University Graduate School of International Development (GSID) was also invited to dress in Kimono, Japanese traditional dress, and appear on the stage together with such other nationals as Vietnamese, Chinese and Brazilian who were also dressed up in Kimono.

Kota was chosen as a partner with Cambodia in the World Expo 2005 held in Nagoya.

The town invites Cambodian students in Nagoya and other areas in Aichi prefecture through CSAN to take part in two or three events every year. Those other events include the Kota Town Day and Summer Festival.

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