HnExpress Partha Roy, Kolkata :
Consul-General of Japan in Kolkata His Excellecy Masayuki Taga said “On the occasion of Mesha Sankranti and Poila Boisakh, I am very pleased to convey my best wishes and compliments to the people of Odisha and West Bengal respectively. A new year signals renewal of hope and happiness and hence I wish the coming year be filled with opportunity, prosperity, love and good health for everybody.
Japanese people celebrate New Year on January 1 by exchanging greetings, having special meals and visiting shrines and temples to make a wish. I have observed that in West Bengal and Odisha, the celebrations are similar to a large extent. In the last two years, it was overwhelming for me to see the love for my country in this eastern part of India and I believe this will lead to further deepening of friendship and promotion of various exchanges in the days to come. “