Japanese lady traveller says, No Change in Manipur Road

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 14, 2018: Japanese traveller Yasuko Higashizuno in her third visit to Manipur said, “It is surprising to witness the unimproved road ways of Manipur, but I am amazed with the new achievement in the Imphal City with new buildings.”

Yasuko Higashizuno from Tokyo said she finds no difference in Manipur especially the road condition since she visited Manipur since four years back.

“In my first visit to Manipur, I focus mainly on the war related places. As my second visit I witnessed Sangai Festival. This third visit is mainly to meet the friends and colleagues who I met the last two visits in Manipur. Visiting Manipur makes me feels like as if I’m still at home in Japan”, said Yasuko Higashizuno.

Yasuko Higashizuno said geographically Manipur is very similar to Japan and its nature and climate is very mild and the people are very friendly.

She finds similarity in the culture and tradition of Manipur with Japan and other South East Asia countries.

Feels that Manipur is the centre between India and South East Asia countries, a connecting point between the two cultures, said Yasuko Higashizuno.

Concerned to “Battle of Imphal”, Yasuko Higashizuno said it’s very shocking to imagine that Japanese soldiers came here in Manipur and died in the foreign land and also buried here during the World War II.

After thinking why the soldiers came and die in the foreign land and buried here, in her second visits here in Manipur, she realized that the soldiers came with a mission to fight for freedom or maybe to free the Asia countries from other occupants.

So, the soldiers who had laid down their lives during the war, especially in Manipur should be respected, said Yasuko Higashizuno.

Yasuko Higashizuno shares the message to the young generation of the state to know more about Japan, the Japanese culture and relate and interact with the Japanese people whenever they have the opportunity or chance to meet so that both can share the near path history and work together as one.

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