... , commemorating Thai-Japanese relations dating back 600 years

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of the newly-built multimedia facility displaying the “Exhibition on Yamada Nagamasa Okya Senaphimuk and Thao Thong Kip Ma” at the Japanese village, an ancient Japanese settlement in the Ayutthaya period at the Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre, Ayutthaya.

Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT and President of the Thai- Japanese Association said, “The new permanent exhibition, which adopts a multimedia approach, is a project initiated by the Thai-Japanese Association to commemorate the auspicious occasion of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday anniversary that falls on 2 April, 2015.”

The new attraction is set to help local and international visitors to delve into the past and to recall the Japanese who performed a crucial role in the royal court in the Ayutthaya period. The important roles of two model Japanese during the Ayutthaya period, Mr. Yamada Nagamasa and Ms. Marie Guyomar de Pinha, are featured prominently in this new hall, which is divided into two sections: the exhibition hall and the multimedia hall.

Thao Thong Kip Ma was the titled bestowed to Ms. Marie Guyomar de Pinha, the Japanese-Portuguese lady who came from a Catholic family in the Portuguese village, located opposite the Japanese village. Ms. Guyomar de Pinha was married to Okya Vichayen or Constantine Phaulkon, Foreign Affairs Minister under the reign of King Narai the Great, also of the Ayutthaya period. During her later years, she served as a master chef in the royal court and was responsible for Western dessert menus. She was widely credited with having devised the recipe of egg yolk-based sweets; such as, Thong Yib, Foi Thong, and Thong Yot, influenced by Portuguese cuisine. “Thao” is a female title of rank, equivalent to ‘Dame’.

Mr. Kalin said, “The Exhibition on Yamada Nagamasa Okya Senaphimuk and Thao Thong Kip Ma, and the multimedia presentation will present and reiterate the fact that Thailand and Japan have long been maintaining a cordial relationship that goes back as far as 600 years ago.”

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