SLAcJ Conference

Conference Theme: “Sustainable Tourism Issues in Sri Lanka”

Date: May 28, Sunday, 2017
Time: 15:00~17:00
Place: Sri Lanka Embassy, Tokyo
Organizer: Sri Lanka Academics Association of Japan (SLAcJ)

Confirmed Presentations:
1 Dr.Mami Futagami (Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University)
2 Dr. Yasuo Miyakawa (Prof. Emeritus Kogakkan University, Kyushuu University),
3 Dr.Ananda Kumara (Dean, and Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University)(SLAcJ President)
4 Dr. Hettige Don Karunarathne, (Visiting Professor, Hosei University)
5 Student Group from the Tokyo Institute ofTechnology (Course on Global Human Resources Development)
6 Commentator: Dr.N.S.Cooray, (Professor & Associate Dean, International University)

For more info, Please contact

Dr.Ananda Kumara アーナンダ クマーラ
President, SLAcJ
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Foreign Studies(Since April, 2016) 外国語学部・学部長 (2016年4月1日より)
Meijo University 名城大学
メール mail:

名城大学ナゴヤドーム前キャンパス Meijo University Nagoya Dome Mae Campus
外国語学部 Faculty of Foreign Studies

Sri Lankan Food Corner 2017

May festival will be held on 20th and 21st May 2017 at University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus. It is an academic and cultural festival, which is the biggest annual event held in UTokyo, organized by the students of The University of Tokyo.

This year also Sri Lankan Students’ Association is organizing the Sri Lankan food stall in May festival which will give everybody an opportunity to taste authentic and delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.

We warmly welcome you all to visit May festival and Sri Lankan food stall. Taste delicious Sri Lankan foods and take a glance at Sri Lankan culture ..!!

For more details. Please visit,

Sri Lankan Food Corner – May festival 2017, The University of Tokyo

May festival of The University of Tokyo is an academic and cultural festival, which is the biggest annual event held in UTokyo, organised by the students of The University of Tokyo. In this year, May festival is going to be held on 20th and 21st May at University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus.

Sri Lankan Food Corner is a food stall, host by UTokyo Sri Lankan Students’ Association, that gives everybody an opportunity to taste authentic and delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.

A few things about Sri Lankan cuisine can be said with certainty: We, Sri Lankans, thoroughly love spices, we love food that explodes with flavour, and many enjoy deep fried, and very tasty, snacks.

In this festive season at Hongo Campus, you can taste delicious Sri Lankan coconut Roti and authentic Sri Lankan style devilled chicken with world famous Ceylon tea at Sri Lankan Food Corner. ‘Sri Lankan devilled chicken’ is one of the most distinctly tasty snacks made with a unique combination of fried chicken, tomatoes, onions and many other spices. Coconut Roti is one of the most famous cuisines for the main dish, prepared with wheat flour and coconut. Enjoy this amazing snack along with world famous, fine Ceylon tea, which is the widely known as the Sri Lankan icon.

You all are welcome to visit our stall and taste delicious Sri Lankan foods and take a glance at Sri Lankan culture..!!

Poson Pinkama at Hachioji temple (04th June 2017)

As usual, we are planning to organize the Poson Pinkama at Hachioji temple. It will be held on 04th of June 2017, through out the day. We need your sincere help in organizing the event. Please fill the form and be kind to help us with bringing food, take part in observing Sil, Singing Bhakthi gee or contributing to Pirikara. Your help is highly appreciated.

Application procedure for MEXT

There are 2 ways to get the MEXT scholarship, university recommendation, and embassy recommendation.  

1-University Recommendation

In this case, you have to apply to the relevant department in the university you like. The procedure is a little bit different in each website.

Here are some links in The University of Tokyo (as an example, try to find similar info from other universities too)

General link for MEXT scholarship

(not much details are available here as it is common website to the whole uni, have to check in each graduate school for more details)

Degree Programs Offered in English for Graduate Students

This has the all the courses you can do in The Tokyo

example course

This is engineering

again it depend on the department, above link have a link to the list of departments

Example department

civil engineering department  ( a most detailed website we have seen)

it gives the link to guidance (orange icon)


go to selection process and schedule if you need details about dates


so every year it is the same schedule

Likewise, check  other universities too and find their website and relative departments by yourself, make an excel sheet (Tip to find the good universities, search “top 10 universities in Japan” in google)

2-Embassy recommendation

1). In the embassy recommendation process, application period ends in May in the previous year to the intended scholarship year.  (e.g. If you are applying for 2018, application period is May 2017). Applications should be forwarded to the ministry of higher education since the initial selection is done by them.

2). After reviewing your application, selected candidates are requested to do a written exam.

  • English and Japanese Language (Japanese exam is optional for selection) 

3). If you get through the written exam, next step is the interview.

  • Most important thing to pass the interview is the research plan. They check past achievements too. Also, they need to see how your research plan will benefit both Japan and Sri Lanka)

4). You need to pass above 2 steps to pass the ‘Preliminary Screening’ of the MEXT scholarship program. Once you pass the interview, a certificate is given saying that you have passed the preliminary screening and the set of application documents are given to be filled and given to the embassy of Japan.

5). Once you get the preliminary screening certificate, you need to write to the prospective supervisors get their acceptance to supervise your future studies by the ‘Acceptance Letter’.

6). Return the Acceptance letter to the embassy.

7). Once you complete all the above steps, all your application documents are sent to the MEXT in Japan for the secondary screening.

8). Secondary screening results will be announced by the February of the coming year and if you pass the secondary screening, you can fly to japan in the first week of April or October depending on your course plan.


  • Students may contact university professors before the interview too (some professors are okay with that)  and you may find some other opportunities ass well
  • Usually, students will not be directly enrolled in university MSc or Phd programs. They may have to join as research students and sit for entrance exams.

Hope above details will be important and if you need further information please have a look at following links.
Other scholarships:

The universities have other scholarships too like ADB scholarship. Hope you can find those details in a similar way


Preparation for visiting Japan

1) A adaptor is need to match Sri Lankan style plugs to Japanese plug bases

2) Many things can be found as 100 yen shop

popular shop    

more info

3) What to bring from Sri Lanka

Even most of the things can be found in Japan, you may bring the essential items needed for your daily life according to you baggage allowance

in other areas also there may be these kinds of shops but We don’t know details

  • Cloths
    • Suit for official events  
    • National Dress (Sarong /saree )
    • White clothes if you like to go to temple
    • Winter clothes (Jacket – can be brought from house of fashion Colombo)
      • cold season start From December to end of march
    • Other clothes for daily life
    • Trousers, shirts,T-shirts,Blouses  

popular Cheap Japanese shops

You don’t need to think of style, in Japan, you can wear any style you prefer

  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste , Towel, 1 soap
  • Shoes + Sandals  
  • Some souvenirs  to to give your professor,Tutor ..  ( Tea, Keytags)
  • Knife
  • 1-2 books , 1-2 pen (Can buy from Japan easily )

popular online shop

4) Basics words in Japanese

  • Thank you – Arigatou gozaimasu
  • Yes –  hai
  • No – iie   
  • Don’t understand -wakarimasen
  • 10 basics words

5) Second-hand goods

          There are few other websites and many fb groups

6) Things you have to do in the first few days

  • Register your address at city office & take insurance card
  • make bank account
  • get discounted railway pass (for students)

7) Mobile phones

There are two main packages  and a  new package  

  1. only calls -around 1000-1500 yen  per month (normal cheap phone )
  2. smartphone (iPhone,Galaxy ,Xperia)


    1. if you take two year contract they will give phone  for free (*please check more details)
    2. for this package normally it is compulsory to have internet package
    3. price for calls ~1000 + for internet ~6500 = 7500
    4. please check whether you can cancel internet or not
    5. main thing you need to know is how much totally for one month 🙂 (Ikka (one) getsu (month)  ikura (how much) deska (?)        (Sembude (totally)
    6. It is worth to have a smartphone with internet if you don’t think too much about prize
  1. This is kind of new trend.

data + phone number for a cheap price <2000

But they do not provide a phone you have to buy a phone by yourself please check yourself

8) Accommodation

Most universities provide accommodation to newcomers. In Case you need to find out about apartments you can refer to following popular agents   (apartment for a single person is around 50,000 yen /month in Tokyo. The process of making a housing contract is difficult and need help from someone who knows Japanese


9) please contacts Sri Lankan student association if you like to participate their events or if you need any help or advice


Please note, we do not guarantee all the above information is 100 perfect, so please check yourself too. This is just a guidance.

And we would appreciate your suggestions and comments to improve this further

5th Annual Conference on Sri Lanka Japan collaborative research: SLJCR- 2017

Every year, Sri Lanka-Japan Study Centre (SLJSC) organizes the Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan Collaborative Research (SLJCR), which allows scientists to exchange the latest advances in their fields of study and provides an environment that fosters and share new collaborations and research ideas.

The 2017 Conference will be held on September 23rd and 24th.
Please wait for the updates.

More info: Sri Lanka – Japan Study Center (click here)

13th Sri Lanka Festival in Japan 2017

2017 June 24/25 @ Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage, Shibuya

Probably the best excitement of the year in Japan for all who love Sri Lankan style of food, music, dancing, shopping & even ayurveda and yoga. Mark your calendar, call your friends & prepare for the excitement.

With this premium passport in hand you will get VIP treatments at the festival. You will get large discounts from the shops at the event, and even after the event, you will be entitled to special discounts from designated restaurants, spas, hotels etc. both in Japan and Sri Lanka, for one year period.

You can purchase this premium passport calling Mr.Saman Priyankara(090 3508 6204) before the event for 1,000 Yen, or from the SLBCJ booth at the festival for 1,500 Yen.

Soothe with ayurvedic massages and treatments. Number of popular ayurveda spas will have setup their stalls at the venue.

24th JUNE

Opening Ceremony

Arrival of Invitees and Registration


Playing National Anthems of Japan & Sri Lanka

Performance by Sri Lanka Police Troupe & Lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp

Welcome speech by H.E. Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka (Translated in Japanese)

Cultural Performance by Sri Lanka Police Troupe

Speeches by Guest/s of Honours

Refreshments, Tour of Stalls

25th JUNE

2nd Day Program

Dancing Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka-Japan Educational and Cultural Centre, Kotte.

Introduction of sponsors and products

Dance Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka Police

Sri Lankan Curry Demonstration

Performance by Sri Lankan Cultural Troupe in Japan

Demonstration of Tea

Dance Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka Police

Demonstration of Ayurveda

Dance Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka-Japan Educational and Cultural Centre, Kotte

Introduction of Sponsors and Products

Performance by Sri Lankan Cultural Troupe in Japan

Introduction of Sponsors and products (SLBCJ Products introduction)

Dance Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka Police

Performance by Sri Lankan Cultural Troupe in Japan

Talk Show by Wicky San

Grand Raffle Draw – Part 1

Dance Performance by Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka Police

Grand Raffle Draw – Final

Performance by Musical Band of Sri Lanka Police

Performance by Dance troupe of Sri Lanka Police with musical band


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