Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Virtual Cherry Blossom Mao Festival, 2021’ in the presence of Ambassador of Japan to India Satoshi Suzuki.
Tourism minister S. Lukhoi, chairman Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited Md Asabuddin, director general, Indian Council for Cultural Relations Dinesh K Patnaik.
Biren said there are many similarities between Manipur and Japan in terms of culture, tradition etc and this could be explored through such festivals. Manipur needs the Japanese expertise and advice in bringing infrastructural development in the state, he added.
More cultural exchange between Manipur and Japan is needed so as to promote cultural tourism, he said.
Organising webinars like ‘Study in Japan’ during the festival will help in human resource development and support our youths towards guiding them for higher education in Japan, Biren said. He expressed his gratitude to the Embassy of Japan, the department of tourism, ICCR, regional office, Shillong, Organising Committee Flower Festival, Mao for celebrating the festival.
Lukhoi said the festival is an opportunity to showcase the potential of Mao as a unique tourist destination of Manipur and also to showcase our rich cultural and natural heritage.
It also provides an opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage, folk dances, music and natural beauty of Mao., he added.