Ono launches Japanese Film Festival

Last week NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers marquee man Shinji Ono attended the 17th Japanese Film Festival as the official Cultural Ambassador for 2013.

Last week NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers marquee man Shinji Ono attended the 17th Japanese Film Festival as the official Cultural Ambassador for 2013.

Ono will be attended the Opening Night proceedings, both the VIP Gala and film screening of The Great Passage at Event Cinemas, George Street.

Ono received some gifts for his two daughters during the opening speeches before offering his thanks and gratitude to the crowd and congratulating the film festival on its longevity.

“I am honoured to be the Cultural Ambassador of the 17th Japanese Film Festival in Australia,” said Ono.

“It‘s great to see Australians, young and old, eager to learn about Japan through film, language, culture and sport. I encourage you to continue coming to the film festival and to make sure that you share your experiences with others about all that Japan has to offer on-screen and off-screen.”

Ono was the first ever ambassador for the film festival showing again his reverence in the Japanese community outside of football.

For film and sporting fans alike this was an extremely important opportunity as a representative of cross-cultural connections between Japan and Australia.

Festival Director Mr Masafumi Konomi said, “Ono is a perfect ambassador for the festival as through sport he crosses cultural bridges, bringing fans from all walks of life and from all different countries together.

“That is exactly what our festival aims to achieve. We are very proud to have Ono-s support for this year-s festival and Japanese culture in Australia.”