Tokyo:Tibetans in Japan celebrated the Tibetan New Year, Losar, with Japanese supporters and friends in Tokyo. The Tibetan Community in Japan and Tashi Delek Restaurant organised various events for the first two days of Losar. Tashi Delek restaurant held talk events and presented Tibetan gourmet food on the first day.
Representative Dr. Arya Tsewang Gyalpo of the Liaison Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Prof. Ishihama Yumiko of Waseda University talked about the Tibetan Losar and how it was celebrated in Tibet. Prof Ishihama made a PowerPoint presentation with old photographs. The restaurant made a special gourmet dish including dresil, a sweet rice dish, and Tibetan chang, barley beer.
Prof. Hoshino Izumi and Illustrator Kuranishi held a talk on Tibetan folk tales and talked about the book “Shikabane no monogatari”, the Japanese translation of the Tibetan, “ Tales of the Golden Corpse”.
On the second day, a large number of Tibetans and Japanese gathered at Joenji Temple in Shinjuku and celebrated Losar. Representative Arya Tsewang Gyalpo in his address wished the gathering a happy Tibetan Losar and thanked the Japanese friends for their interest in Tibetan culture and participating in Tibetan tradition by wearing chupa, traditional Tibetan dress. He introduced the book “Tibetan Losar” at the function and advised the Tibetans to read and explain the Losar festival to children.
Tenzin Kunsang, a former member of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Dharamsala, and Tenzin Genyen entertained the gathering with Tibetan songs and dances. Gorshay, a circle dance, was performed where everybody participated, including children.
Japanese participants expressed joy and exhilaration and commended the richness of Tibetan culture and songs. “It was a great feeling to be able to celebrate Losar with the Tibetan friends after a long gap due to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said one of the old Japanese supporters.
-Report filed by the Office of Tibet, Japan