International Yoga Day being celebrated at the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday (Images courtesy: Embassy of Japan, New Delhi)
Deepening friendly ties between the two countries, the International Yoga Day was celebrated with full enthusiasm and fervour at the Japanese ambassador's residence on the embassy premises in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The event, part of the celebratory functions being organised to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan, was also attended by guests from the Indian government's Ministry of Ayush.
Yoga has become increasingly popular in Japan owing to its several benefits in terms of improving physical and mental health, getting fit and enrichment of quality of life. It is also being incorporated and suggested by various fields concerning health promotion, mental health awareness, betterment of lifestyle and sports.
"PM Modi's meeting with a representative of a yoga organization in Japan during his visit in May provided a boost to the popularity of yoga in the country, which is already popular amongst more than seven million people of Japan," said Kunihiko Kawazu, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to India.
The Japanese diplomat said that the timely event was organised to promote cultural exchange between India and Japan and it set a great momentum for the 70th anniversary celebrations.
The yoga session was led by instructor Rooma Singh with the participants consisting of the embassy staff and guests. Even though most of the participants were beginners, they had a great time doing yoga and trying various postures (asanas) for about 50 minutes.
Kavita Garg, Joint Secretary of Yoga and Naturopathy Division, Ministry of Ayush, said that Japan is also a part of the 'Guardian Ring' yoga plan and the Japanese people show active interest in yoga.
The embassy of Japan stated that it is committed to continuing its efforts of raising consciousness about cultural exchanges between the two countries and promoting yoga, India’s traditional and excellent health practice.
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