“The opportunity afforded to us by the Government of Japan together with the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka should be commended at the very outset as it enriched our lives in ways unimaginable. It was a true journey through cultural fusion and experience in advance technological developments in lifestyles.
The program consisted of four Informative tours to the Water Reclamation Centre, Museum of Japanese architecture, Mitsubishi Museum and the disaster management center, where we learnt, the Japanese dedication to keeping the planets clean water clean!!!!, Indigo dying a method of dying similar to batik, cutting edge technology of Japan and how ready Japan is for disaster. The next day’s tour to the elementary school dressed in our traditional garbs was rather fulfilling as we got an opportunity to present Sri Lanka to the kids and they taught us their traditional games which at first sight seemed basic but in hindsight should be commended for their tactical and strategic thinking patterns.
The Visit to the temple and then Akihabara the duty free city offered all of us the opportunity to experience the Japanese Buddhist culture and then afterwards to do some frantic shopping as we were on a tight schedule imposed by our coordinator Shi Ma Da Saan.
The cultural aspect of Japan was experienced by us through all the late night escapades around the city where we enjoyed Japanese cuisine, Music at Tokyo Bay, Dancing and public transport on subways to visit Yokohama”.