Report of Activities & Programmes

A. Use of Facilities

An average around 250 persons interested in learning and knowing about diverse facets of Japan visit the Japan Information and Study Centre every week.  While the Centre is visited even by public at large, AMA and IJFA Members, Students, and Management Professionals in particular, have shown great interest in using the Centre and its resources.

Participants of Japanese Language Learning Programmes conducted under the auspices of the Centre extensively use the facilities for accessing Internet and Speaking and Listening Sessions.

B. Online Presence:

The Centre has hosted its own Website at www.JapanCentreAtAMA.com and regularly updates information about its facilities and activities.

The Centre has received over 450 Likes on its FaceBook Page and has an outreach to over 2000 viewers every week. FaceBook Page URL is: https://www.facebook.com/JapanCentreAMA

The Centre has hosted 25 Activity Videos of its various Events on You Tube.
You Tube URL is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfOIMKQCqe_fh5g2dB788yA

C. Japanese Language Programs:

With the support of Native Japanese Language Teachers sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Indian Instructors the Centre has been actively conducting basic and advanced level Japanese Language Learning Programs of various durations. Japan Centre at AMA presently offers N5, N4 and N3 level language programs.

Japanese Language Learning initiated by AMA since 2009 and actively pursued by the Japan Centre from 2015 onwards has until December, 2016, organized in all 37 Japanese Language Programs training 459 participants. Japan Centre at AMA has come to be acknowledged as ‘the place to be for learning Japanese’ in Gujarat.

Year

No. of Programs

No. of Participants

2009-10

3

54

2010-11

2

12

2011-12

1

8

2012-13

2

28

2014-15

10

135

2015-16

9

116

2016-17

10

113

Total

37

459

D. Learning Programs and Workshops:

To introduce the wonderful world of Japan and bring people closer to several facets of Japanese culture and traditions, the Centre has from time to time been conducting Workshops on a variety of Japanese Fine Arts and Performing Arts such as, Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy), Sumie (Aesthetic Brush Painting), Origami (Paper-Craft), Furoshiki (Traditional Cloth Wrapping), Ikebana (Flower Arrangement), Bonsai (Miniature Tree Growing), Karate (Martial Arts), Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony), Enka (Traditional Music) and ANIME (Animation Films Orientation). These learning sessions and workshops have met with overwhelming response and appreciation.

The Centre has also organized special Programmes on Value Oriented Education for School Children and Kaizen and 5-S Philosophy for Youth and Management Professionals.

E. Education Fairs, Seminars and Quiz Events

The First Japan Education Fair at Ahmedabad organized under the auspices of the Centre in October-November, 2015 attracted the active participation of Six Leading Japanese Universities. It created huge interest and awareness amongst aspiring students wishing to pursue higher education in Japan.

Seminar on Doing Business with Japan, Learning Japanese Business Customs and Culture and Nippon Quiz stand out amongst some of the uniquely different programmes organized by the Centre.

F. JAPAN FESTIVALS AT AMA

Japan Festivals at AMA regularly organized in active collaboration with IJFA, since 2009 have attained a brand status over these years.

The 1st Japan Festival organized by AMA and IJFA coinciding with ‘Vibrant Gujarat Business Summit’, when Japan became its first time Country Partner, was organized in January, 2009, featuring an Exhibition of Japanese Kites & Tops, Photo Classics on Fall Colors in Japan and the Screening of Six International Award Winning Japanese Films.

This inspired the 2nd Japan Festival in February, 2010, showcasing Seven Award Winning Feature Films and presenting Four Japanese Art Demonstrations, including Ikebana – Artistic Flower Arrangement, Origami – Creative Paper Craft, Sumie – Aesthetic Brush Painting and Vibrant Martial Arts – Karate.

The 3rd Japan Festival followed in December, 2013, highlighting an exquisite Exhibition on Japanese Dolls & Crafts and Art Demonstrations on Miniature Tree Growing Bonsai, Ikebana, Origami and Chanoyu – Japanese Tea Ceremony, along with Seven Award Winning Japanese Film Classics and Sixteen Informative Documentaries on ‘Introduction to Japan.’

The 4th Japan Festival, spanning over a fortnight in January, 2015, coincided with the Inauguration of ‘The Japan Information and Study Centre at AMA’, a unique and first of its kind Centre in the country. The Festival hosted a series of popular academic, business and cultural events, including a Photo Exhibition on Sakura & Fall Colours – ‘Colourful Japan,’ ‘Parallel Nippon’ – a Japanese Architecture Exhibition, Screening of Three Award Winning Japanese Films, Demonstrations & Workshops on Ikebana, Origami, Shodo, Karate, Enka Music, Orientation on Japanese Kites & Anime Films and a Novel One Week Lecture Series on Japanese Business Philosophies and Learnings for Value Oriented School Education – ‘Inspirations from Japan.’

The 5th Japan Festival in February, 2016 came to be celebrated with the presentation of Japanese Dance & Music Performances by renowned Japanese Artists and rendering of Japanese Songs by the Japanese Language Students at AMA. The Festival also witnessed Demonstrations and Workshops on Traditional Japanese Arts of Kimono Wearing, Shodo, Origami, Ikebana, Karate, and Chanoyu alongwith the screening of Five Award Winning Japanese Films.
All the Five Festivals over the past seven years, unfolding Japan in its vibrant colour and splendour and providing a meaningful and fascinating insight into Japanese Art, Culture, Values and Life Style, met with overwhelming response and appreciation from thousands of viewers and participants and wide acclaim and recognition from both print & electronic media.

The Japan Festival in January, 2017, being jointly organized for the sixth time in a row by AMA and IJFA, has been officially endorsed as the First Official Event of the ‘Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’ as announced by the Governments of India and Japan. Japan Centre graciously acknowledges the active support and co-operation of the Embassy of Japan, the Consulate General of Japan at Mumbai, the Japan Foundation and the Japan National Tourism Organization.

G. DISTINGUISHED VISITORS AT AMA, IJFA AND JAPAN CENTRE
(From January 2009 Onwards)

  • H.E. Pandit Naval Kishore Sharma, Governor of Gujarat, January 10, 2009
  • Hon’ble Hirotsugu Hagiuda, Consul General of Japan, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, January 10, 2009
  • Mr. Shinichi Iizuka, Managing Director, Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd., January 10, 2009
  • Ms. Tomo Kawane, January 13, 2009
  • His Excellency, Ambassador of Japan to India, New Delhi Mr. Hideaki Domichi and Delegation of 22 Members, January 13, 2009
  • Shinichi Iida, Consul of Japan, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, February 20-21, 2010
  • Hon’ble Minister for Energy and Tourism, Government of Gujarat Shri Saurabh Patel, February 11, 2013
  • Hon’ble Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, Mr. Kiyoshi Asako, February 11, 2013
  • Smt. Padma Jaykrishna, Eminent Social Worker, February 11, 2013
  • Shamisen Master, Baisho Matsumoto, February 17, 2013
  • Folk Singer, Yoshimi Fujimoto, February 17, 2013
  • Japanese Dance Master, Akira Nishizaki, February 17, 2013
  • Drum Performer, Kyoko Hibiki, February 17, 2013
  • Kenichiro Toyofuku, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) May 15, 2013
  • Kazushige Hiraishi, Cultural Attaché, Consulate General of Japan, Mumbai, May 15, 2013
  • Tatsuhiro Kubo, Japanese Attorney supporting Indo-Japan Cross-Border Business, May 15, 2013
  • Hon’ble Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, Mr. Kiyoshi Asako, December 21-22, 2013
  • Kazushige Hiraishi, Cultural Attaché, Consulate General of Japan, Mumbai, December 21-22, 2013
  • Hon’ble Smt. Meenakshi Patel, Mayor of Ahmedabad, December 21-22, 2013
  • Smt. Jyoti and Shri Nikunj Parekh, Founder and Expert, Bonsai Study Group, Mumbai, December 21-22, 2013
  • Smt. Taruna Agarwal, President, Ikebana International, Mumbai Chapter, December 21-22, 2013
  • Smt. Mona Shodhan, Origami Expert, December 21-22, 2013
  • Internationally Acclaimed Japanese Pianist Mr. Toshiki Usui, August 1, 2014
  • Artistes of Tradition Japanese Sword (Katana) from Studio Shikumi, Tokyo August 1, 2014
  • Hon’ble Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Minister of Education, Govt. of Gujarat, January 10, 2015
  • Hon’ble Mr. Yoshiaki Ito, Consul General of Japan, Mumbai; January 10, 2015
  • Mr. Masakazu Sakakida, CMD, Mitsubishi Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.,
    January 10, 2015
  • Mr. Daisuke Kadono, CMD, Metal One Corporation India Pvt. Ltd,
    January 10, 2015
  • Hon’ble Mr. Yoshiaki Ito, Consul General of Japan, Mumbai, January 10, 2015
  • Kenji Ishikawa, Takenaka Corporation, January 12, 2015
  • Hiren Patel, CEO, HPA and Juichi Iida, Vastu Shipla, January 12, 2015
  • H.E. Shri O. P. Kohli, Governor of Gujarat, January 16, 2015
  • Mr. Kazushige Hiraiishi, Consul for Cultural Affairs, Japan Consulate, Mumbai January 16, 2015
  • Padmaben Jaykrishna Harivallabhdas, Eminent Social Worker, January 16, 2015
  • Mr. Yusuke Kobayashi, Secretary General, Japanese Association of Ahmedabad January 16, 2015
  • Smt.Taruna Agarwal, President,Ikebana International, Mumbai Jan 17, 2015
  • Sensei Nikhil Trivedi and Team from Arjun School of Martial Arts Jan 17, 2015
  • Priyal Sathe Vocalist in Japanese MusicJan 18, 2015
  • Prof. Dhiman Sengupta, NID, Anime Experts, Jan 18, 2015
  • Mr. Shoji Tsubokuta, MD, Hitachi Home & Life India January 19, 2015
  • Hemant Bange, CEO, JK Files & Tools, Jan 20, 2015
  • Mr. Ishizaki Hiromori, CPA, SCS Global January 11, 2015
  • Vijay Michihito Batra, Motivational Speaker January 11, 2015
  • Malcolm Mehta, ED, Accel Frontline,
  • Gagan Arora, Director, Metal One India, Jan 22, 2015
  • Akira Matsuda, Chairman, Endo Lighting,
  • Paru Jaykrishna, Chairperson, Asahi Songwon Colors,
  • Sanjay Chakraborty, Triton Communications, Jan 23, 2015
  • Dr. Rabinder Malik, President, Discover India Club, Japan, February 21, 2015
  • Mr. Ryoji Matsumoto, Consul, Consulate General of Japan Mumbai February 28, 2015
  • Mr. Daisuke Goto, JICA and Ms. Tomoko Ashihara, April 6-7, 2015
  • Mr. Hiroshi Yoshino, Director, The University of Tokyo, May 11, 2015
  • Mr. Kazuki Oe, representative of  Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Ltd, May 25, 2015
  • Mr. Daisuke Kodama, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, Oct 31, 2015
  • Mr. Junichi Kakuta, Consul, Consulate General of Japan, Mumbai, Oct 31, 2015
  • Mr. Atsushi Ohtsuka, MD, Hitachi Home & Life Solutions India Ltd, Oct 31, 2015
  • Ms. Reiko Furuya, Director,JETRO, Oct 31, 2015
  • Prof. Sudhir Mishra, IIT-Kanpur, President, University of Tokyo Alumni Association in India, Oct 31, 2015
  • Universities of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Hokkaido, Ritsumeikan, Waseda, Oct 31, 2015
  • Shri Abhay N. Firodia, Force Motors, Renowned Auto Magnate and Champion of Indian Culture & Values, Nov. 2, 2015
  • Celebrated Japanese Pianist Mr. Toshiki Usui, Nov. 6, 2015
  • Mr. Yasuo Taki, GM, Delhi and Ms. Ryoko Kanda, Mumbai, All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd, Nov. 6, 2015
  • Ken. Kanokogi, Director, The Japan-India Association, Japan, Jan 29, 2016
  • H.E. Shri O. P. Kohli, Governor of Gujarat Feb 12, 2016
  • Hon’ble Mr. Yoshiaki Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai Feb 12, 2016
  • Hon’ble Mr. Gautam Shah, Mayor of Ahmedabad Feb 12, 2016
  • Ms. Shiho Hasegawa, Dance Director & Choreographer, Performer of
  • Nihonbuyo, Tradition Japanese Dance, Feb 13, 2016
  • Ms. Kanako Shiratori, Japanese Singer and Model, Performer of Shishimai , Japanese Lion Dance, Ikebana Teacher. Feb 13, 2016
  • Ms. Yuki Takeshita, Noted Japanese Singer, Performer of Jazz, Chanson & Japanese Songs, Japanese Language Teacher. Feb 13, 2016
  • Mr. Kyoji Yamashiro, Pianist & Music Composer, 45 Years Experience in Jazz Piano Performances. Feb 13, 2016
  • Ms. Mika Nishimura, celebrated Violin Player, Teacher of Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, Mumbai, Performer of Several International Concerts. Feb 13, 2016
  • Ms. Tatyana Dichenko, Talented Russian Pianist. Winner of several International Competitions. Feb 13, 2016
  • Ms. Chisato Koseki, Volunteer Program Coordinator, JICA India Office, Feb 15, 2016
  • Dr. Takashi Shinoda, Professor of Economics, Faculty of International Relations, Daito Bunka University, Saitama, Feb 26, 2016
  • Mr. Yasuo Izumi, Vice-Chairman & Co-executive Partner, Japan Development Institute Ltd. Tokyo, Feb 26, 2016
  • Mr. Yoshinari Imai, Managing Director, CKD India Private Limited, June 2, 2016
  • Hyogo-Gujarat Friendship Delegation from Japan, comprising MP, MLAs and Senior Officials from Hyogo August 25, 2016.
  • Hon. Dr. Nobuhiko Isaka, Member of Parliament, Member of the House of Councilors of Japan, Chairman of the Political Affairs Research Council, Japan Innovation Party;
  • Hon. Dr. Hironori Koike, Hon. Dr. Shingo Takahashi, Hon. Dr. Koichi Mukoyama,
    Member of Hyogo Prefectural Assembly;
  • Mr. Yoshiyuki Kiyose, Director for High School Education, Hyogo Educational Board;
  • Dr. Makoto Ishii, Director General of The Indian Commerce and Industry Association Japan, Senior Research Fellow in Human Science, Secretary General of Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Secretary of ICIJ
  • Ms. Shiori Ota, Muni Intl. School, Delhi; Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Ms. Miki Shimizu , Bluebells Intl. School, Delhi Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Ms. Asumi Tazawa, Vishva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Ms. Kozue Mitsuhata, Garden of Peace, Vellore, Tamil Nadu Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Mr. Gaurav Kulkarni , Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics Pvt. Ltd Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Ms. Ai Muto, Doon University, Dehradun Sep 3-4, 2016
  • Mr. Jatin Patel, Toyota Tsusho India Pvt.Ltd. Sep 3-4, 2016
  • H.E. Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan, Sep 7, 2016.
  • H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, New Delhi, January 11, 2017.
  • Hon’ble Yoshiaki Ito, Consul General of Japan at Mumbai, January 11, 2017.
  • Mr. Yasujiro Miyake, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan at New Delhi, January 11, 2017.
  • Ms. Yasuko Nishimura, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan at New Delhi, January 11, 2017.
  • Ms. Shoko Ito, Celebrated Japanese Playwright, Director and Actor, ITO-GUMI Japanese Theater, Founder, January 23-31, 2017.
  • Mr. Junichi Kakuta, Consul, Culture and Information Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, , January 25-27, 2017.
  • Ms. Anjana Shinoda, Qualified in Teaching Bakery, Japanese Home Style Cooking, Japanese Language Teacher, January 25-27, 2017.
  • Hon’ble Mr. Yoshiaki Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai, January 27, 2017.
  • Hon’ble Mr. Rohitbhai Patel, Minister of State for Industries, Government of Gujarat, January 27, 2017.