Pan Asia - banking partner for JAPAN EXPO Premier 2017

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By 2017-02-15

Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC, Sri Lanka's fastest growing commercial bank was the Banking Partner for the recently concluded JAPAN EXPO Premier 2017 exhibition.
The exhibition was held on 2, 3 and 4 of February at the BMICH, backed by the Embassy of Sri Lanka (Tokyo) and the Embassy of Japan (Sri Lanka). The event highlighted the strong bond between both nations and showcased several key aspects of Japanese culture, which not only immersed visitors in the country's rich heritage, but also entertained them immensely.

Entertainment
The main theatre was the most popular attraction as it featured the best of Japanese entertainment. The highlight was 'Oshin', the main actress of the popular Japanese teledrama, that gained wide popularity among local TV viewers. Ayoko Kobayashi, or Little Oshin during her young days, was a welcomed guest on stage evoking nostalgic emotions among the audience. Other popular screenings included the smash hits Seven Samurai, Samurai Hustle and Super Kabuki II and One Piece. Adding to the entertainment were talks by the Cinema Director of Samurai Hustle and Producer of One Piece. The kids' theatre screened popular cartoons such as The Adventures of Panda and Friends, Detective Conan and internationally known production Mobile Suit GUNDAM.

Musical performances by 'TAKARABUNE' (specialists in Japanese & Taico dance), Shamisen 'Shinobu', Acoon Hibino and popular boy band 'B-Stations' were well received.
A memorable event was the live performance of Japan's national sport, Sumo. For many visitors, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and brought them close to actual Sumo wrestlers.

Exhibitions and Workshops
The Chado Cafe in the Japanese Workshop Zone served native refreshments and also amazed visitors with the traditional Japanese tea Ceremony, which is an integral part of every citizen's life. Stepping into the Kado Workshop, visitors were in for a visual treat thanks to a fascinating display of Japanese flower arrangements. The Japanese Kimono Fashion show, held at the main theatre, delighted the audience with an abundance of Japanese culture, grace and beauty.
The turnout and feedback showed that JAPAN EXPO was a success and one that gave Sri Lankans and others present a memorable insight into Japanese culture.

Pan Asia Bank DGM Marketing & Card Products, Nalaka Wijayawardana said, "We are proud to have been a part of this groundbreaking event that further strengthened ties between Sri Lanka and Japan. As a banking entity, our focus on people and sensitivity to culture and relationships are at the core of everything we do."

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