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Justice Shyamal Kumar Sen released “Eternal Bond” written by Mr. Noro Motoyoshi, Consul General of Japan, Kolkata

    The celebration came to an end with the clarion call of the Consul General of Japan, Kolkata, Mr. Noro Motoyoshi, to the youth of Japan and India to be the torchbearers of this rich tradition of friendship and mutual trust and surge ahead as cultural ambassadors of the future.

    The ambience befitting such an auspicious occasion was heightened by traditional tea ceremony hosted by Madame Noro Toyo. Madame Noro’s warm hospitality added grace to this event, which touched one and all. Mrs. Kazuko Nigam, a highly respected Japanese language teacher, who has made Kolkata her home for the last three decades and also an expert in Ikebana in her own right, illustrated this unique art of floral display of Japan. The traditional Japanese cuisine was also a key component which added a flavour of friendship and joy to the evening.

    In a nutshell, it was an evening celebrating the iconic heritage of friendship and goodwill between Japan and India, with the promise of a great future.


   One of the important events of the Japan-India Friendship Year was a PHOTO EXHIBITION ON JAPAN-INDIA RELATIONS held in New Delhi from 22nd to 27th February 2008, at AIFACS Gallery, Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110001. The photos selected for the Exhibition offered glimpses of rare moments of our bilateral relations – political, economic, cultural, etc.

   On this occasion, Mr. Shigeyuki Shimamori, then Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan, took the school children around the exhibition and explained in detail the relations between our two countries.

   Impressed by the curiosity shown by the students, the Embassy of Japan organized a Painting Competition on Japan-India Relations with the theme “My Vision of Japan-India Relations in Future”. The Embassy received an overwhelming response and it became extremely difficult for the judges to decide the winners. Finally, the following participants were declared winners:

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Mr. S. Shimamori, then Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan with the winners of the painting competition

   Junior Category (Class VI to VIII)
  Ms. Kaveri Rawal (Tagore International School) 1st Prize
  Ms. Manasi Jethani (Bluebells School International) 2nd Prize
  Ms. Neichinghoi Kipgen (Tagore International School) 3rd Prize
  Senior Category (Class IX & XI)
  Ms. Sneha Singh (Delhi Public School - Dwarka) 1st Prize
  Ms. Shirin Kaur (Delhi Public School - Dwarka) 2nd Prize
  Mr. Siddharth Chand (Delhi Public School - Dwarka) 3rd Prize