Japanese musicians enthral audience at 'Japan Habba'

Japanese musicians enthral audience at 'Japan Habba'
Scintillating performances by Japanese musicians left the audience spellbound during the inaugural session of the two-day ‘Japan Habba’ at St Joseph's College on Langford Road on Saturday.

Japan Habba is an extension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to celebrate 2017 as 'The year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges'.
The auditorium echoed with thunderous applause when flutist Ryutaro Kaneko and Japanese Taiko drum master Yasukazu Kano cast a spell on the audience with their lively show.

Japanese pop singer Shiho Rainbow too enthralled the audience. The performances offered a glimpse of the Japan Habba, the main event for which, will be held on Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

In his inaugural address, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu underlined the mutual friendly relationship India and Japan have for centuries. Hiramatsu recalled how Bodhisena, the first Buddhist monk from South India, travelled to far-off regions of Japan crossing Himalayas and deserts only to spread the message of Buddha.

He also lauded the sensitivity shown by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at Onagawa in Japan which was worst hit by tsunami in 2011.

“The NDRF team helped in retrieving seven bodies from the debris by digging earth with their bare hands so as not to damage the bodies. Their sensitivity was much appreciated by the local community. Let me take the opportunity to again express our deep gratitude for all the assistance extended by the NDRF as well as by the people of India," said Hiramatsu.

The Japanese ambassador also highlighted his country's support to India during difficult financial crisis and in helping develop infrastructure in India.

Hiramatsu said that, "The most successful achievement of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) so far is the Delhi Metro. It was a game changer in the public transport system in India. The lessons of Delhi Metro are now being successfully applied to other major cities including Bengaluru.”
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