Japanese litterateur all-praise for Manipuri hospitality

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 29th Nov: Conceding that he is immensely pleased with the hospitality and warmth received during their stay in the state, Japanese non-fiction writer Prof Nomura Susumu has said such cordial conduct and attitude of the people makes him fully convinced of revisiting Manipur sooner than later.
Speaking at an interaction programme conducted Thursday in connection with Imphal Literature Festival at Chorus Repertory Theatre complex, Shamushang, Prof Nomura narrated that though he has travelled widely in different parts of the world he felt at home in Manipur in his first trip.
While stating that he felt no significant difference between Manipur and his home, Nomura also declared that the proposal made during the interaction programme for translation of selected literary works of Manipuri and Japanese writers would help in strengthening relationship between the two.
Prof Nomura, who is a faculty member of ‘international justice’ at Takusuku University and is a recipient of Asia Pacific award in literature, also hailed Manipuri women for their involvement in diverse fields and their contribution to the society.
The interaction programme on the second day of the festival featured an eight-member Japanese delegation sharing their experiences and views on literature and other aspects.
While Yuji Okuda reflected on the Manipur-Japan relationship during the Second World War, as per findings during his research work, Galaxy Poetry award winner Hori Masako deliberated on Japanese literature. Yumnam Rajen served as the interpreter of the Japanese delegates.
The programme was chaired by AIR Imphal station director Dilip Yumlembam while Manipuri film personality RK Hemabati presided over the session.
The final day of the festival on Friday will feature a writers’ symposium on ‘Manipuri Sahitya and Sangai’ during which Dr Khagenbam Shamungou and Dr Chirom Rajketan will present papers. The session will be moderated by critic Prof Nongmaithem Tombi Singh.
A poetry recitation programme will also conducted on Friday.


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