THE INDONESIAN Embassy in Tokyo promoted Indonesian coffee to Japanese citizens through the Indonesian Cultural House (RBI) program themed “Indonesian Coffee” held at the Indonesian Hall in Tokyo.

The RBI program in collaboration with the Japan Indonesia Association (JAPINDA) was held offline for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, according to a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday (02/07). RBI is a medium for promoting Indonesian culture and soft diplomacy of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo to the Japanese people.

According to Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Japan John Tjahjanto Boestami in his remarks at the opening of the event emphasized the importance of cultural understanding between the people of the two countries as the foundation of national life.

“Both Indonesia (RI) and Japan as archipelagic countries have a rich and diverse culture that is a special attraction in the eyes of the world,” said John, who is also the Chargé d’Affaires (KUAI) of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo.

“A nation will become great if cultural values have taken root in people’s lives. Therefore, the RBI program is very strategic for Indonesia and Japan,” he said.

According to the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, more than 100 Japanese citizens who attended the RBI event seemed enthusiastic about enjoying the various Indonesian coffee treats provided by the committee for the guests. Among the coffees served were Aroma Bandung, Gunung Puntang, Papua, Gayo and Mandailing coffee. The guests and visitors were also given the opportunity to taste Indonesian chocolate products and soto Betawi. [antaranews/photo special]