To promote Japanese culture in Meghalaya, the North East Japan Caravan was launched today, which was attended by the Japanese Ambassador to India Hiroshi Suzuki along with cabinet ministers Ampareen Lyngdoh and AL Hek.
The three-day event at U Soso Tham Auditorium is jointly organised by the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, and Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Suzuki addressed the gathering and spoke about growing Japan-India relations, particularly people-to-people exchanges.
Judo and karate demonstrations and a workshop by the Meghalaya Judo Association and All Meghalaya Karate-Do Association was held. An exotic tea ceremony was also showcased with the two cabinet ministers participating.
“I urge everyone to come and witness Japanese culture, which will be here for three days. It’s my first time in Shillong but I see the similarity of cherry blossom trees. Our Japanese people love cherry blossoms, so I look forward to the festival which is being held in the state,” Suzuki said.