CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Cultural exchange beyond borders is an indispensable activity to deepen understanding among the peoples, promote mutual respect for each other and to further enrich cultures. It also serves to smoothen relations in the fields of politics as well as economic activity. Many people in Sri Lanka are keenly interested in Japan for its diversified and rich culture and they are enthusiastic in learning Japanese language and culture. On the other hand, in Sri Lanka, there are many historic and valuable sites, relics and nature reserves including seven world heritage sites. Sri Lanka is also blessed with various religions including Buddhism, beautiful traditions, life styles, arts and entertainment, etc. Various cultural as well as people-to-people exchanges between Japan and Sri Lanka have taken place in past years, a few of which have been featured in the "Episodes of our bilateral relations ". Furthermore, some of the good examples of bilateral cultural exchanges which are currently contributing to the widening and deepening of our cultural relations are also featured on this page. In 2012, Japan and Sri Lanka celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations and marked this important milestone with several cultural events during the year.

 

 

Associations/ Organizations

Cultural exchanges between Japan and Sri Lanka have been primarily possible through people-to-people exchanges. Several associations and organizations in Sri Lanka have played an important role over these years in promoting the friendly relations between our two countries.

 
1. Lanka Japan Friendship Society (LJFS )
Established in 1956
Activities Felicitates His Majesty the Emperor on his Birthday by hosting a banquet of fellowship between Japanese and Sri Lankan people
Member's Night Dance
Charity Fund Raising Events
Social Services
Address Sasakawa Cultural Centre
No.4, 22nd Lane, Colombo 3.
Telephone No. 011-2437925, 072 7227789 (General Secretary)
E-mail ljfs2012@gmail.com  
President Mr. Sumana D. Liyanage (Tel: 0777066317)
Website http://www.lankajapanfs.com/index.php
 
2. JICA Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (JICA-AA)
Established in 1972
Activities Felicitates His Majesty the Emperor on his Birthday by hosting a banquet of fellowship between Japanese and Sri Lankan people
Organizes seminars, workshops and cultural programs with the Japanese Community resident in Sri Lanka
Organize Blood Donatoin Campaigns, Eye and Health Camps in rural areas etc.
Other Social Services
Address Sasakawa Cultural Centre
No.4, 2nd Lane, Colombo 3
Contact Number
Telephone No. 011-2586779 (General Secretary)
President Mr. Chitral Jayawardane
 
3. Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural Association (JASTECA)
Established in 1984 (AOTS Alumni in Sri Lanka)
Activities Human resource development in Sri Lanka and transference of Japanese technical and managerial skills through lectures, seminars and training programmes conducted both in Japan and Sri Lanka.
Address Sasakawa Cultural Centre
No.4, 22nd Lane, Colombo 3
Telephone No. 011-2449057 / 011-2337007 / 0777343487 (General Secretary)
E-mail jaspres@itmin.net
President Mr. Athulla R. F. Edirisinghe (Tel;0777-530558)
Website http://www.jasteca.org
 
4. Japanese Graduates's Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (JAGAAS)
Established in 1994
Activities Promoting Japanese Education and cultural exchanges
Organize Exhibitions, Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
Provide a forum and to promote a spirit of fellowship  among members
Assist members to gain knowledge by maintaining contacts with relevant institutions in Japan and SriLanka.
Address 55/1/C, Mahalwarawa, Pannipitiya
Telephone No. 071-8387014 (General Secretary)
E-Mail jagaasinfo@gmail.com /  udyan5017@yahoo.com
 
President Prof. H.D. Karunaratne (Te: 0777895390)
Website http://www.jagaas.com
 
5. Shi-En Ikebana & Floral Art Society of Sri Lanka
Established in 1991
Activities Annual Ikebana & Floral Exhibition
Fund Raising for Thellesemia Patients
Address 14, Police Park Terrace, Colombo 5.
Telephone No. 0777-234939 (General Secretary)
E Mail m.druki@gmail.com
President Mrs. Junita De Alwis (Tel: 0712-789147)
 
6. Ikebana International Sri Lanka Chapter 262
Established in 2008
Activities Hold meetings for the study, demonstration, promotion and appreciation of the art of Ikebana or other related arts.
Publish magazine to promote Ikebana
Conduct workshops on Ikebana,
Invite experts from other countries to conduct workshops and demonstrations of Ikebana
Address 31/5A, Sulaiman Terrace, Colombo 5
Telephone No 0759590066 (General Secretary)
E-Mail vinita.shenoy13@gmail.com
President Ms. Hiranya Jayalath (Tel: 0777-721872)
Website Facebook
 
7. Bonsai Club of Sri Lanka
Established in 1980
Activities Promote the Art of Growing Tropical Bonsai in Sri Lanka by conducting workshops and biennial exhibitions.
Address 129, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
Telephone No. 011-2696789 (General Secretary)
E-Mail hermie@titusstores.com
President Mrs. Dayadari Devendra (Tel: 0777-465881)
 
8. Sri Lanka Bonsai Association
Established in 1989
Activities Monthly meetings for members with demonstrations and
presentations on Bonsai
Periodic workshops for members and general public on selected topics on Bonsai.
Annual Public Exhibition of member's plants
Address 21/7, D. Samarakoon Garden, off Ananda Balika Mawatha, Pagoda Road , Kotte
Telephone No 0773-124913 (General Secretary)
E Mail naveens@combank.net
President Mr. M.A. Pemasiri (Tel: 0777-733673)
Website http://bonsaisrilanka.org/
 
9. Origami Folder's Association of Sri Lanka
Established in 1997
Activities Conducting professional Origami Courses
Friendly Folding sessions for members
Attending guest Presentations
Participation in Japanese Cultural Promotional activities of other Organizations.
Conducting Origami Demonstrations for the general public
Address 49/1 B, Kawadana Road Dehiwala
Telephone No 011-2724605 (General Secretary)
E Mail origamifoldersl@gmail.com
President Mr. Reza Dilshard Kareem (Tel: 0779548831)
Website Facebook
 
10.Japanese Language Teacher's Association of Sri Lanka (JALTAS)
Established in 2001
Activities Promote the study of Japanese Language
Conduct programmes to enhance Japanese language Teacher's skills
Promote Japanese culture
Organize pre-exam workshops on Japanese language for GCE O/L and A/L students
Address 39/5 A,Pathiragoda Road, Pamunuwa, Maharagama
Telephone No 0716118601 (General Secretary)
E-Mail sljpltas@gmail.com
President Ms.Januka Mohotti (Tel: 0718124249)
 
11. Japanese Language Education Association of Sri Lanka (JLEASL)
Established in 1991
Activities Conducting Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Japan Foundation)
Conducting Examination for Japanese University Admission (JASSO)
Conducting Japanese Language study courses
Address Sasakawa Cultural Centre
No.4, 22nd Lane, Colombo 3
Telephone No 2331894
President Mr. Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya
 
12. Kyudo Sri Lanka (Japanese Archery Club)
Established in 1997
Activities Kyudojo, Kendo, Iaido, Ki Aikido, and Judo Dojo
Address Budo Culture Research and Training Institute
No.322/59A, Saraswathi Estate, Utuwankanda Road, Thalawatugoda
Telephone No 0112796416, 0714802070
President Mr. Keerthi wickramarathne
Website Facebook
 
13. Sri Lanka Aikido Association Sri Lanka Aikikai
Established in 2001
Activities Aikido training, seminar and Demonstration
Address No.40, Ekanuthu Uyana, Gonamadiththa Road, Piliyandala
Telephone No 0773291201(General Secretary)
E-Mail gaminiwic62@gmail.com/intprit@cdl.lk
President Mr.Ajith D Goonatilleke
website www.srilankaaikidoaikikai.com

JAPANESE LANGUAGE STUDY

Universities & Schools Teaching Japanese Language in Sri Lanka
The Japan Foundation
Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Organization conducting Japanese Language Examinations in Sri Lanka

Embassy Library

The Embassy maintains a reference library within its' premises which is open to the general public on working days from 8.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.The library has a modest collection of books on Japan covering a wide range of fields including information as regards Universities and Colleges in Japan, Japanese life style and culture etc. A few pamphlets of some Universities and Technical Colleges are also available.

 
Japanese Newspapers, magazines, Japanese encyclopedia and other books are available for reading and reference. The library does not loan any books. A few photocopied hand-outs on various subjects on Japan and a booklet with colour pictures entitled "Niponica" are provided free of charge at the Library to students and others interested in obtaining such material. The Library also has a collection of video presentations on Japan which can be loaned by schools and other registered organizations. Visitors may also view NHK Japanese TV channel live on TV at the Library.

Membership is not required to use the library. Admission will be granted on production of your National Identity Card at the entrance to the Embassy.