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“Sri Lanka Festival” returns to Japan after four-year hiatus with glitzy event

June 11, Colombo (LNW): The ‘Sri Lanka Festival’ (Shri Lanka Mahothsawaya) after a four-year hiatus influenced by various reasons has finally come out of the woods, with a glamorous event being organised in Japan, it was reported.

According to the Sri Lanka Japan Business Association in Japan, the ‘Sri Lanka Festival’ will return to arena at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan, on June 15 and 16 from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

The ‘Sri Lanka Festival’ is known to be the biggest Sri Lankan celebration evident in Japan, with a participation of hundred thousands of Sri Lankans living in the East Asian country.

The festival following a four-year hiatus will return to its prime with many events consisting of cultural diversity of Sri Lanka, said President of the Sri Lanka Japan Business Association Jagath Ramanayake.

The ‘Sri Lanka Festival’ will feature traditional Sri Lankan dancing and music, with Sri Lankan cuisine along with the serving of king coconut juice exclusively imported from Sri Lanka itself, to fill the mouths of the participants, according to Sri Lanka Society in Japan Chief Anil Priyantha Gamaethige.

The event is being fully sanctioned by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan, with support being extended by the Vehicle Importers Association in Japan, Association of Sri Lankan Scholars, Sri Lanka Association, and Sri Lanka Students’ Association, among others, the organisational committee of the ‘Sri Lanka Festival’ said.

All cultural events, including dancing and music, will be performed by Sri Lankan children living in Japan.

Currently, about four hundred thousand Sri Lankans are living in Japan, and about twelve Theravada Buddhist Temples have been established in the country.

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