Library Open (10 am – 4pm ) & Small workshops
Saturday 18 March, 10:30-16:00 (Origami, Igo, Shogi):
Trainers: Mr. Mahmoud Salah Mr. Ahmed Omar
Saturday 25 March,10:00am – 12:00pm (Origami only)
Trainer: Ms. Sarah Sayed
JF Library’s theme for March: Japan, Land of Earthquakes
In recent years, it was said that the President of Egypt praised Japanese people as “a Walking Quran” for their diligence and discipline. His words made the Japanese people exceedingly happy. Flattery and compliments apart, usually when the Japanese people have been commented on in the Middle East, fortunately and generally they are referred to as “polite” and “diligent”.
However, while we can say that there is a fine line between stereotyping and lumping a whole nation together under one or two adjectives, we also see that certain inclinations found in the words and deeds of the majority of a certain people is a reflection of their culture, geography and history. In this way, we can conclude that the national character of Japan has been provided to a large degree by its natural and physical environment.
Japan is a country with various often-occurring natural disasters. These regular disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, summer typhoons with storm and landslides, which cannot be countered with the puny abilities of human beings give the Japanese lessons in acceptance and force them to be in a constant state of readiness.
In the past, since most of the Japanese people made their livings by farming, teamwork was essential for them in farming which depended on mutual cooperation. So, Japanese people placed great emphasis on “politeness” to facilitate human relations, and considered it the greatest virtue to obey higher authorities and devote themselves to their work in silence.
This March 2017 marks the sixth year since the Tohoku Great Disaster and nearly one year from the Kumamoto Great Earthquakes which occurred in April 2016. We, the Japan Foundation Cairo Office Library have set the theme for this month as “Japan, the Land of Earthquakes” to present Japan from a geographical aspect.