Japanese culture is alive and well
from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. One
individual who can attest to the Tel Aviv, Israel part is Mozes
Victor Konig. Last week, he had the opportunity to enjoy Japan
Day courtesy of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Eat.
Hosted by Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Japan,
for the last 11 years this event is intended to offer families a taste of
Japanese culture within a Japanese-based atmosphere.
“I found it to be a really hands-on
experience of Japanese culture,” Mozes
Victor Konig, Tel Aviv, Israel
based photographer said. “Getting a
taste of the tradition, hearing the language and meeting Japanese people living
in Tel Aviv is about as real as it gets,” he said.
“This actually gave me a taste for
learning more about Japanese culture.
Next time I’m in Los Angeles – hopefully at Thanksgiving time – I would
like to visit the exhibition taking place at Japan House, ‘Bakeru: Transforming
Spirits.’ It is very hands-on for kids which is appealing to me as there is an
interactive display whereby you put masks on which – with the aid of digital
technology – turns them into Japanese folklore figures. Tales include: Shishi
Odori (beast dance), Nahamage (deity frightening kids who misbehave) and more.”
Japanese-Israeli relations have been
improving in the last five to ten years.
In 2015, the Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, visited Israel; the first time in
a decade a Japanese PM had ever made the trip.
The idea behind the trip was to improve relations between the two
countries and this has been happening ever since.
Photographer Mozes Victor Konig
is no stranger to nighttime light shows.
A Tel Aviv, Israeli native, it is perhaps surprising therefore that the
only nighttime light show he had experienced
until now was the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, that lightens up Universal
Studios on select nights over the summer.
Statistics show however that it is usually tourists who make the most of
local city attractions, rather than the locals themselves.
This year, Konig decided to make the most of summer offerings close to home and took a trip to Jerusalem to enjoy the holy city’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show. And, as its title suggests, it was – in Konig’s own words, “spectacular.”
“Don’t get me wrong, the Universal Studios’ Hogwarts Castle
was really great. It’s just that for me –
being in the capital of our country – seeing what is right at my doorstep
seemed somehow that bit more spectacular. Plus, it offers an incredible history lesson.
You get to see the old city walls just light up and get used as a dramatic
stage for the beautification of Jerusalem’s 4,000 year old history! It’s not just a cool, fun gimmick; this is
real. You see archaeological remains, listen
to stories of Biblical King David, the Crusaders, Muhammad and more. As well as being “spectacular” it truly is a
lesson in history without sitting at your classroom desk.”
So if you are making your way this summer from Hollywood to
the Holyland, make sure you get your tickets for the Night Spectacular. While really
enjoying your evening, you will also return home with knowledge of the history
of Jerusalem…without even having realized you were being educated!