We prestnt this year 24th Namaste India Festival which is the biggest affair of Indian Fest. in Japan . Big crowd gathered last year as blessed with wonderful weather to make it the successful event.
In 1991 India opened its market after Cold war age of the world. Though Japanese chamber of commerce recommended to develop bisiness. with India, since India was Socialist country earlier ,Japanese business community who already was there had a delayed its start.
To understand India more and increase the liking ,we felt, was the important step for making economic development , therefore,we made our maximum efforts for cultural exchange. In 1993 Namaste India .started in the office of Asia Club and the Japan Chamber of Commerce with the partnership of Committee of Japan India Economic relation. However, this could only continue till 2004. Due to long recession of Japanese economy. it was not possible to carry on this cultural event. NPO to promote Indo-Japan Cultural relaations took up the matter to continue this memorable event by shifting the office to its own place. The site was also changed to Yoyogi park from Tukiji Honganji Temple.
Embassy of India kindly acknowledged four years ago Namaste India held in Japan was the biggest one in the whole world. Economic relation between India and Japan is rapidly developing . India decided to take Shinkansen( New Tokaido railway) now. Under the circumstance, cultural relation should be better and stronger. So, we are now trying to offer more attractive event.
We will make the event to let the people experience whole India from various area. Knowledge, Food, Culture, Economy, Indian dance, Music, Lecture, Saree wearing, Yoga, Ayur Veda, Mehendi, Goods sale, Bookfair of India , Tea Corner spice, Indian Restaurants, Tourism, Travel Information, are offered.
Seminar House in the Culture booth was doubled since last year. Various presentation about India will take place such as Lecture and workshop of Yoga, workshop of Indian classical dance, Hindi language class, Cultural introduction of Ainu tribles. Biratori Society of Hokkaido which Preserves the culture of Ainu ,the ancient inhabitants of Japan had been participating in Namaste Event from 2007. Since India has more than 500 tribes ,we understood it is important to introduce our Ainu people for deeper mutual understanding. Japanese Parliament recognized Ainu as our original inhabitants.
Other than Elephant park, Folkart’s park, Adults and kid’s park which are already very popular Ninja Hattori, which is now being favorite animation film in India and Origami of India, will be introduced as new items for entertainment for all kinds of guests who wants to know more about India. On stage, dancers specially sent by Govt. of India ICCR will perform along with Bollywood dance, seven classical dance of India, such as Bharat Natyam ,Classical Musical Instruments performance of North India such as Sitar, dance, Veena, of South Indian Music, dance, folkdance which involve almost 300 participants for gorgeous performance. Bodhisena Booth, Ainu Booth are directly held by Namaste India Office. Namaste India committees will arrange information house which show the latest Indian Film and Veg House. NGO and NPO group concerning India are planning to have their own Booth. This year, folks from Onagawa town will perform on the stage. Onagawa town received the kind help from 47 Rescue team of India at the time of Northeast Japan Earthquake disaster and the relation is continuing till today. You can see the details here.
ndia Japan association, Govt. of India Tourist office, Air India, Bank of India, State Bank of India will have each booth this year too. The return Air ticket to India will be provided by air india and many other attractive items will be offered in our Loto Counter.
We request you to come and visit this Festival of India bringing your family, relatives and friends.