Italian culture and art captivate Japan. A group of history teachers coming from several Japanese high schools gathered at the Italian Embassy to see and admire the works of art hosted in the Embassy and in the Residence’s garden. Lorenzo Morini, Chargé d’Affaires of the Italian Embassy, welcomed the distinguished guests, who expressed their sincere enthusiasm. The teachers acknowledged the significance of the place and the role the Embassy plays as a bridge between Italian and Japanese cultures. The two countries have a 150 year-long history of relations. The first Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Italy and Japan was signed on 25 August, 1886. A century and a half of political and diplomatic relations, trade and cultural exchanges – this is proof of an ancient bond that Italy and Japan have been celebrating since last year by promoting a rich programme of events organized and hosted in both countries.