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Photo Exhibition: "GOKAB: Bhutanese Hiphop"

Hosted by a member of the Tokyo Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 28 Oct 15:30 - 17:30

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15:30 Meet at the entrance of Protected content and start enjoying seeing photos.

<<Please stay at the venue, if you understand Japanese and want to listen to the talk session in Japanese.>>
IMPORTANT: Please let me know before Sept 24, if you want to attend the talk session. I'll sign up for you as one group. After Sept 25, please sign up yourself from FUJI FILM website.

16:30 Talk session (by photographer Mr. Kensaku Seki and photo-journalist Ms. Natsuki Yasuda) in Japanese

17:30 Talk session ends

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Bhutan is a small country surrounded by Himalayan Mountains with the population of approx. 700,000 people (the same population size of Nerima ward in Tokyo) in a small land area (the same size as Kyushu island).

Bhutan has been drawing lots of attention in Japan these days as the country with national policy of GNH, Gross National Happiness, not GDP, Gross Domestic Product. But, the question is, “what’s the meaning of happiness?”

70 percent of Bhutanese are farmers who live high up in the mountains, almost self-sufficient working in the farmlands, and 70 percent of Bhutan is mountains. But, modernization, especially the use of smart phones and the access to the Internet, is rapidly spreading among Bhutanese youngsters in the big cities.

It’s the country of strong belief in Tibetan Buddhism, and many elderly people are very conservative and seriously practicing Buddhism every day, while young people learn a lot day by day about Western lifestyle from the Internet.

The title is “Gokab” which means “chance” in Bhutanese language. This photo exhibition is about young Bhutanese hip hoppers, who are seeking for their own happiness and dreams, although they encounter difficulty of getting understood by elder Bhutanese.