Sri Lankan New Year in Tokyo 2013
The Sri Lankan Associations in Japan New Year Committee, many volunteer organisations and the Embassy of Japan got together to organise a colourful Sri Lankan New Year programme in Tokyo, Japan.
The event was held in Tokyo’s Chofu city on April 14th, with a large gathering of over 5,000 Sri Lankan and Japanese community members from all parts of Japan. This is the 24th consecutive year that the Sri Lankan New Year was celebrated in Tokyo.
The Chief Guest at the opening ceremony was Mayor of Chofu City Yoshiki Nagatamo. In his opening remarks, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Japan, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda stressed the importance of national events of this nature to promote Sri Lanka’s national unity and traditions in foreign nations in addition to strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, through such cultural exchanges.
The event was also highlighted as an ideal opportunity for Sri Lankans to gather and participate as a community in upholding cultural traditions.
The celebrations comprised Sri Lankan traditional games, Sri Lankan and Japanese cultural and musical performances and authentic Sri Lankan food. The Avurudu Celebrations also comprised of the ‘Avurudu Kumari’ competition where Japanese and Sri Lankan candidates participated in the event.
The event was organised in joint collaboration with the Sri Lankan Associations, Volunteer Organisations, The New Year
Committee and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan.