Good morning Mrs. Ineke de Hoog, Mrs. Widjajanti Dharmowijono, Mr. Krisprantono and Mr. Satrio Seno Prakoso

My name is Afif Isyarobbi, the chairman of Rumah Kartini. Id like to say that we are delighted to host a special event and a special moment, and want to extend a special welcome our honored guest Mrs. Ineke de Hoog Deputy Head & First Secretary of Public diplomacy and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We also want to specially welcome Mrs. Widjajanti Dharmowijono, the chairperson of Yayasan Budaya Widya Mitra Semarang. Let me also express my warm thanks to all of Rumah Kartini members, who join us today.

Thank you all for coming. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to visit Rumah Kartini, one of Japaras most respected community for rescuing Japaras history and culture. It is my pleasure to host today.

Ladies and gentlemen, Japara faces for a long time a series of challenges, posed by the spreading of apathy to its history and ancestors. Many of you know that the lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.

Rumah Kartini believes deeply that the history of Japara is leading us to find facts which cement the importance of it in human lives. People like Raden Ajeng Kartini, Raden Mas Aryo Adipati Kusumo Utoyo and Kyai Tunggul Wulung have contributed important thoughts and teachings in their respective fields. All their great works will be wasted if the people of Japara do not understand their ideals and appreciate the work done by them. Rumah Kartini believes that though we may not be able to completely imbibe their ideas in our lives, when we try to study them, we prevent these ideas from being lost. Learning our past helps us understand who we are and that knowledge we can pass to the next generation.

It is pleasure for us to be here as witnesses of a trilateral cooperation between Rumah Kartini, Widya Mitra and the Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands. This strategic partnership of trilateral cooperation is leading the way to achieve Rumah Kartinis goal in preserving history and educating people and we hope that it also benefits Widya Mitra and the Embassy in so many ways.

Rumah Kartini would like to thank the Netherlands Embassy for trusting us with the Shared Heritage Fund. The very first part in the project of the Reproduction of Kartinis and Japaras Legacies is the reproduction of Macan Kurung or Confined Tiger, a famous woodcarving from Japara and its legendary design has been made by successive generations in Belakanggunung, Mulyoharjo, Japara, which has a close historical connection with Raden Ajeng Kartini. Macan Kurung symbolizes Kartini, a tigress in confinement. Thanks to the Shared Heritage Fund programme, Rumah Kartini has been given the opportunity and means to reproduce this and other unique and worthy carving art of Japara.