Japanese Sri Lankan Food Culture: Exhibition, Cultural and Educational Program

Fish and Nutrition Japan Program Japura

The value added fish processing program, “Fish and Nutrition” was successfully held on 2nd July at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University, in collaboration with the Ehime Prefecture Food Research Institute, the program hosted a number of engaging events , both cultural and educational, centered on fish based food and  related health aspects.

The primary event of the program was an exhibition dealing with the Sri Lankan food culture and famous Japanese food products related to the fishing industry. It was opened by Japanese delegates and the featured speakers were the Chief Guest Vice Chancellor Professor Sampath Amaratunge, the Dean of the Faculty, Mr. C.L.K. Nawarathna and the Director of the Ehime Food Research Institute Dr. Hiroaka. According to a statement of the Vice Chancellor, this event not only provided the invaluable opportunity for exploring the unique aspects of Sri Lankan and Japanese food cultures, but also created a platform for strengthening the alliance between the two parties, and thus to gain mutual benefits.

Apart from the exhibition, the event included a seminar based on fish and nutrition and aimed at enhancing the entrepreneurship skills among the University students. This seminar was conducted by Professor of Economics of the University of Colombo, Mr. H.D. Karunarthana, together with the Japanese Graduates’ Alumni Association of Sri Lanka. Moreover, a workshop was held with regard to value added fish processing methods directed by Japanese delegates of the Ehime Prefectural International Association.

Nutritional aspects of Sri Lankan food processing methods and the current status of Japanese food processing industry were also discussed in the event.

Held for the first time at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, this open event was an immense accomplishment and laid the foundation for illuminating events of the same genre in the future.

Compiled by: Dimuthu  Dharmapala.

Photographs by: Wimukthi Gayan – Japura Media

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