The Japanese Culture Society of Trinity College participated in the All-island Japanese Drama Competition organised by the Royal College Class of ’77 and Royal College, Colombo 7, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka.
Trinity College qualified through the preliminary and the semi-finals, where the final competition took place on the 27th of December, 2022 at the Royal College Main hall.
The competitors were to perform a drama, exclusively in Japanese, manifesting the relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka. The competition was organised to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic, friendly relations between the two nations. The Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mizukoshi Hideaki, came as the Chief Guest.
The Japanese Culture Society performed their production called “Bonsai”, with a plot of how Japan has aided in the development of Sri Lanka and our dissipation of those resources and aids. The drama featured a Bonsai Tree, signifying the resources and valuables granted to our nation by Japan. The cast portrayed the exploitation of the tree based on the artistic form of allegory. The actors brought out the flair of the Japanese language, and the inclusion of an original Japanese song written for the drama intensified the vibrancy of the performance.
Trinity College emerged 1st runner-up out of the four schools that came for finals. Sumana Balika Vidyalaya of Ratnapura became champions, while Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya of Gampaha emerged as 2nd runners-up.
I came up with the theme for the drama seeing that Japan is a country that has had significant growth and wanted to share its technology with other countries, one of them being Sri Lanka. But unfortunately enough, we as a country, throughout 70 years, have failed to use this technology and resources meaningfully.
-W.M.R.Kumari (Japanese Language Teacher)
The Trinity community extends heartfelt congratulations to the Japanese Culture Society on their victory, owing to the commitment and effort of the teacher in charge, Mrs Ratna Kumari, Mr Kanishka Samarasundara, Mr Samitha Perera and the participants.
お慶び申し上げます (oyorokobi moushiageru)
Review by Samiru Herath (Web Content Team)
Event Photographed by MurcLive.com ( Photographers – Sanuga Premadasa and Hadhi Sajith)