On the evening of May 16, various kinds of traditional Cambodian dance were performed at the open-air Citizens' Plaza of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings in Shinjuku Ward.

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Japan-Cambodia diplomatic relations, the performance took place as part of a two-day cultural exchange event, Open-Air Noh and Cambodian Dance, which was organized by the non-profit International Foundation for Arts and Culture, supported by the Royal Embassy of Cambodia and other institutions.

Amid the rainy weather, Haruhisa Handa, chairman of the IFAC and honorary consul of Cambodia in Fukuoka, said, "Yesterday, the 'takigi' noh (noh performed on an open-air stage) was favored by good weather, and today we could say that it is a blessed rain." Having worked for Cambodia in various fields over the last 17 years, Handa also emphasized the importance of cultural exchange.