Transcending generations

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By 2017-02-12

Oshin, the serialized Japanese television drama was originally aired on NHK from 1983 – 1984. It was dubbed in Sinhala and aired on Rupavahini as a weekly tele-drama. Over the years, it was repeat telecast several times and was equally loved by each generation of Sri Lankans. Named after the main character of the story, Oshin is the story of a little girl, who goes through hardship with immense courage and determination.

Through numerous political and social changes in Japan, Oshin continues with iron will. Ayako Kobayashi, now a grown-up actress who played the child Oshin, was welcomed with much love and felicitation at SLRC. Students studying Japanese from schools and their teachers were among the audience.

The function had several guests and dignitaries from the Japanese Embassy and the Minister of Parliament Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka. A skit played by the original artists who dubbed Oshin to Sinhala, enacted the drama.

Announcing done in Japanese by Sri Lankan school children, dressed in Kimonos coloured the event further. Ayako proceeded to the BMICH for the Japan Sri Lanka Expo 2017 exhibition and fair, where a colourful Japanese experience was in store for everyone.

(Pix by Nuwan Amarawansha)

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