The Embassy of Sri Lanka together with the Sri Lankan Associations and Sri Lankan Community living in Japan organised the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festival on Sunday 13th April in Tokyo. A large gathering of over 5000 Sri Lankan and Japanese community members from all parts of Japan participated and celebrated this auspicious occasion. The Chief Guest at the opening ceremony was Hon. Yoshiki Nagatamo, Mayor of Chofu City.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador H.E. Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda stressed the importance of cultural events of this nature to promote Sri Lanka’s unity and traditions in foreign nation in addition to strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka through such cultural exchanges. The Ambassador highlighted the close and friendly relations that Japan and Sri Lanka have shared over the years recollecting the support extended to Japan by Sri Lanka at the San Francisco peace conference in 1951 and expressed gratitude to the people of Japan for their overwhelming generosity and goodwill extended to Sri Lanka with ODA assistance and during Tsunami 2004.
Hon. Yoshiki Nagatamo, Mayor of Chofu City also addressed the gathering with wishes for the special occasion, stressing the similarities of two cultures and friendly ties between two countries and also thanked for the support extended to Japan during Tsunami in 2011.
A number of traditional games were organized which included ‘kanamutti bindeema’, ‘Raban Geseema’, ‘Aliyata ehe thabeema’, ‘Andayata kiri keveema’ and the Avurudu Kumari competition where Japanese and Sri Lankan contestants participated in the event. The Aurudu Celebrations also comprised of Sri Lankan cultural performances including Fashion show of Sri Lankan Ladies Traditional Costume and authentic Sri Lankan food. All the attendees were entertained by Channa – Upuli Dance Troup.
The event was also highlighted as an ideal opportunity for Sri Lankans to gather and participate as a community in upholding cultural relations.
The Celebrations were organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan in joint collaboration with the Sri Lankan Associations, Volunteer Organizations and The New Year Committee.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
15th April 2014
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:26
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, H.E. Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, received a four member National Youth Council delegation from Sri Lanka on 5th April at the Embassy.
The delegation is currently visiting Japan during their 40 day tour of 18 countries in order to promote the World Conference on Youth (WYC 2014) which is scheduled to be held from 6th – 10th May 2014 at the BMICH in Colombo. In connection with the upcoming WYC 2014 the Embassy organized a Promotional Seminar on World Conference on Youth 2014 on 7th April 2014 at the Chancery in Tokyo.
H.E. Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda addresses the gathering at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo.
Welcoming the delegation and invitees from Japanese side, Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda elaborated on the positive points of Sri Lanka’s immense tourist and business potential after eradicating terrorism, under the leadership of H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa the President of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has now become a centre for International Conferences and in the recent past several International conferences were held in Sri Lanka including Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
H.E. Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda participates in the handing over of the National flag of Japan to the two Japanese delegates nominated to attend WYC 2014
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Representatives from the Cabinet office of Japan, International Youth Exchange Organisation (IYEO) University students of Meiji Gakuin University, Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Association and Japanese media personal participated in the event.
A presentation was conducted on the WCY 2014 to be held in Colombo by members of the National Youth Council delegation of Sri Lanka and a discussion was held with the participants in order to acknowledge them on WCY 2014.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
8th April 2014
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo was invited to participate in the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2014 which held its opening ceremony under the patronage of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo at the Tokyo Dome on 14th February 2014, with over 20 participating countries. Among the supporting ministries were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry and the World Orchid Conference Trust.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo (centre) and Her Imperial Highness Princess Tsuguko of Takamodo visit the Sri Lanka display at the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2014 on 14th February 2014 being greeted by H.E.Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador.
The Orchid Festival 2014 which was held under the patronage of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo was hosted by the Japan Grand Prix (JGP) Working Committee comprising the Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, the NHK and the JGP Organising Committee.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka participated at the event displaying a table decorated with Sri Lankan handicrafts and products, adorned by a beautiful selection of orchids to the select audience that graced the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Dome. The main objective of the Festival is to build friendship between countries as orchids are grown all over the world except in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamodo and Her Imperial Highness Princess Tsuguko of Takamodo at the opening ceremony of the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2014 on 14th February 2014.
The Orchid Festival will be held from 14th to 23rd February and will be open for public viewing. Approximately 3000 species and around 100,000 orchids were on display and showcased at the Festival. The Embassies that displayed orchids at the Festival were Belgium, Korea, Uruguay, Zambia and Palestine.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
17th February 2014
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 04:18
Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, met with Minister of Internal Affairs & Communications of Japan, Hon. Yoshitaka Shindo, last Friday, to discuss issues of mutual interest and relevance to both the countries as well as of the scheduled visit of Hon. Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Mass Media & Information of Sri Lanka to Japan.
The Bilateral discussion between Minister Yoshitaka Shindo & Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda
Minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited Sri Lanka in August of last year and met with his counterpart Minister Dr. Rambukwella and other Ministers and senior officials of the Ministry of Mass Media & Information of Sri Lanka. During this visit, Minister Shindo extended an invitation to Minister Dr. Rambukwella to visit Japan as a Guest of the Government.
Minister Yoshitaka Shindo expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda for the assistance extended during the Great East Japan Earthquake, three years ago, and for his participation at the Memorial Ceremony to mark the third Anniversary. Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda too underlined the invaluable assistance and cooperation extended by the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka, during the last five decades, both at times of natural disasters and for continuing economic and social development and expansion of the country.
Minister Yoshitaka Shindo expounded the advancement and progression of the sphere of communication in Japan, during the last decade. On a similar note, Admiral Karannagoda placed on record that the first ever electronic media institution known as “Rupavahini” was a gift by the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka, well over three decades ago. Both the dignitaries discussed the rapid evolvement and evolution of the communication technology, thus enabling viewers to have easy and prompt access to information.
Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda, also, highlighted the economic cooperation extended by the Government of Japan to Sri Lanka, particularly in the province of tourism promotion. Tourism from Japan to Sri Lanka, during the last three years, has increased by two folds, thus making Sri Lanka a highly favoured tourist destination among the nationals of Japan. The two dignitaries also touched upon the diverse courses of action which would lead to further strengthening and widening of already strong bilateral relations between the two countries. Mr. Masahiro Yoshizaki, Vice Minister and Mr. Keisuke Takachi, Director of Global ICT Strategy Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications were present with the Minister and Mr. Saj Mendis, Deputy Chief of Mission, was associated with Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda
Embassy of Sri Lanka
18th March, 2014
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:59
Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan, called on Hon. Seiji Kihara, Parliamentary Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on 19th February 2014.
Hon. Vice Minister Kihara and the Ambassador discussed myriad issues of mutual relevance and importance to both the countries including that of a number of high-level visits between the two countries during the last couple of years.
The two dignitaries underscored the significance of the visits of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka to Japan, the former and current visits of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Japan to Sri Lanka, and the visit of HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado to Sri Lanka as well as of other Cabinet Ministerial visits taken place between the two countries. Both the Vice Minister and the Ambassador acknowledged that these visits and ensuing discussions with the relevant counterparts have further strengthened and deepened the relations between the two countries, particularly during the last couple of years.
In the economic sphere, the Ambassador added that over USD 550 million worth of investments, both foreign direct investments and foreign institutional investments, have been committed by the corporates and industries of Japan during past few years, reflecting the potential of the economy of Sri Lanka. He further added that the tourism from Japan to Sri Lanka has doubled during the last three years. The Vice Minister placed on record his appreciation to the Embassy for the assistance extended during the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The two dignitaries discussed, in detail, some of the key infrastructure projects including that of the maritime cooperation between the two countries and the intrinsic utility of it to both the countries. Mr. Makoto Matsuda, Director and Mr. Takeshi Ozaki, Assistant Director of Southwest Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present with the Vice Minister and Mr. A.S.U.Mendis, Deputy Chief of Mission was associated with Ambassador Admiral Karannagoda.
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