Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Tuesday inaugurated the ‘Virtual Cherry Blossom Mao Festival, 2021’ in the presence of Ambassador of Japan to India Satoshi Suzuki, Minister for Tourism O. Lukhoi, Chairman Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited Md Asabuddin, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations Dinesh K Patnaik.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, N. Biren Singh said that 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. The Chief Minister mentioned that more cultural exchange between Manipur and Japan is needed so as to promote cultural tourism.
The Chief Minister stated that 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. He expressed his gratitude to the Embassy of Japan, the Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur, ICCR, Regional Office, Shillong, Organising Committee Flower Festival, Mao for celebrating the Cherry Blossom Mao Festival Manipur, 2021.
During his speech, Minister for Tourism O. Lukhoi Singh said that the festival is an opportunity for us to showcase the potential of Mao as a unique tourist destination of Manipur and also to showcase our rich cultural and natural heritage. He mentioned that the festival also provides an opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage, folk dances, music and natural beauty of Mao.