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Mrs. Enoki having a look at the exhibits with Dr. Buddhiraja

times on this day people would drive away evil spirits using irises. It also used to be a day for wishing for the growth of boys, but now all children are celebrated, although families with boys in them carry out special rituals, displaying model armour and warriors’ helmets and putting up carp streamers. Carp are fish that swim powerfully against strong currents, and the streamers symbolize the wish that boys will achieve success and become strong and confident.

    The event started with a poetry session with the participation of a large number of dignitaries and writers. A Japanese poet recited the Komori Uta – Lorigeet, and its Hindi translation was presented by Dr. Raj Buddhiraja. Some of the other Japanese poems recited on the occasion were O Hina Sama, Koi Nobri, Sakura, O Shyogatsu, Tanabala, Nen Nen Sai-Dai, Ado Komori Uta, Haru ga Kita, Mori Sa Komori Sa, Akai Yama, Oi Yama Yuki, Zo San, etc., which were well liked by the audience. The main attraction was some poems of popular Indian medieval poets like Surdass and Tulsidass, in Brij-bhasha, Awadhibhasha, as well as their Japanese translations.

   Dr. Buddhiraja pointed out that while it is a pity that Indians are forgetting their rich literary past, ICJC has had the honour of sending a booklet of these popular Indian poems to Japan, in the shape of a booklet, as a gift from Indian children to Japanese children, just like the gift of a baby elephant to the children of Japan, by India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, many decades back. The event was therefore of great significance as a Sanskrit poem was translated into both Hindi and Japanese.

    In the afternoon session, the opening ceremony of the exhibition was performed by Mrs. Enoki, wife of the Japanese Ambassador Mr. Yasukuni Enoki. The exhibition featured exhibits such as Ohinasama, Tango-no-Sekku, Momo-no- Sekku, Kimonos, Koinobori, wooden toys and lacquer-ware, etc. Mr. Kikuchi, Principal of the Japanese School in Delhi, made some opening remarks on the occasion. The Delhi Wadaiko Club also presented a Japanese drums performance on the occasion.

    On the 7th and 8th of May 2007, an Origami demonstration was conducted, in which students and teachers of Hillwood School and Mother Teresa School participated. Mr. Matsumura, Director of Japan Information Centre, Embassy of Japan, presented gifts to the children and ICJC members present on the occasion.

    It is hoped events such as this would help familiarize the Indian audience with one of the integral and popular aspects of Japanese culture.


Government of Japan extends US$ 37,189 Grant Assistance to Lady Willingdon Hospital for its Grassroots Project

   The Embassy of Japan in India, under its scheme ‘Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects’, decided to extend a grant assistance totaling US$ 37,189 (approximately equivalent to Rs.17 lacs) to Lady Willingdon Hospital, Himachal Pradesh, to support a medical care project undertaken by it to install a new ultrasound diagnostic machine, which would help the rural poor patients in the Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti valleys in the state.

   The Signing Ceremony to formalize the arrangements took place on February 5, 2007, at the Embassy of Japan, between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan, and the representatives of the Lady Willingdon Hospital.

Government of Japan extends US$70,638 Grant Assistance to Jawaharlal Nehru University for its Cultural Grassroots Project

   The Embassy of Japan in India, under its scheme “Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects”, decided to extend