Thursday, April 17, 2008

Japan Sings Turkish National Anthem to Celebrate Pangea Day

From GroundReport:

Leading film-makers are seeking to change the way we think about other countries. This is one of a powerful series of films to be shown on Pangea Day, May 10, "the day the world comes together through film".

See all four anthems. Then visit and register your screening for May 10. It's time to imagine a different world.

Here the Japanese troupe performs the Turkish national anthem.

The director chose the Turkish anthem because of the historical friendship between the two countries. In 1864, the frigate Ertuğrul was constructed in İstanbul. The government sent the Ertugrul with Commander Pasha and his crew to Japan. The voyage turned out to be fatal; except for 69 survivors, the Pacific Ocean claimed the lives of Pasha and his men. Deeply saddened by the tragic event, the Japanese Government helped the few survivors return to Istanbul, bringing with them the condolences of the Japanese Government. The historic event of the Ertugrul tragedy was memorialized in Oshima as a mark of friendship of the Japanese people for Turkey.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's true. Terrible events can bring people together. It reminded me current Anzac Turkish friendship after the battle of Gallipoli.