North Macedonia in the World

At the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Tokyo, and in cooperation with the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, the exhibition "Mother Teresa – Saint from Skopje, Saint of the World", running from 27 November to 8 December, is displayed in Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to presenting the life and work of Mother Teresa, the exhibition also aims to show the strong bond between Mother Teresa and Japan, supported by the fact that numerous Japanese artists have dedicated part of their work to her life and mission. The exhibition is hosted at Sophia University, where Mother Teresa also lectured on three occasions, in 1981, 1982, and 1984.

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Inspired by the great respect of the Japanese people for Mother Teresa, the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Tokyo led the initiative for organising the exhibition and received support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, which also appears as the organiser of the event, providing 24 collages with photographs that give a chronological insight into the life of Mother Teresa and her humanitarian mission.

Furthermore, the Macedonian Embassy in Tokyo has been in contact with numerous Japanese artists and provided the participation of photographer Mr. Tsunehiko Momose, who uses the traditional Japanese technique "washi" to present the photographs of Mother Teresa, and thus symbolically displays the bond between Japan and Mother Teresa. Ms. Taeko Tada, author of the book "The Miracle of Hiroshima", inspired by Mother Teresa, is also part of the exhibition. Another participant in the exhibition with photographs and books from his personal collection is Father Hiroshi Katayanagi, who after meeting Mother Teresa and inspired by her humanitarian mission decided to become a catholic priest and spread Mother Teresa's work and messages by organising open lectures, exhibitions, publications etc. The exhibition is enriched with books authored by Mr. Igarashi Kaoru, who after meeting Mother Teresa founded an NGO for caring for sick children and orphans.

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The official opening of the exhibition took place on 28 November 2017, with an address by the first resident Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Japan, Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovik, the director of the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Ms. Renata Kutera Zdravkovska, the Sophia University President, Mr. Yoshiaki Terumichi, the aforementioned artists Ms. Taeko Tada, and Father Hiroshi Katayanagi. The opening was followed by an official cocktail-party promoting Macedonian food and wine. The event was attended by high government representatives, members of parliament, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, as well as eminent Japanese public figures. The event was covered by the major Japanese newspapers Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Times, and The Mainichi Shimbun.

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