Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 and the popular Bollywood actress Dia Mirza was in Delhi to promote Japan tourism in India at an event organized by the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA),Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and the Embassy of Japan.
The event was part of an ongoing series of events held to commemorate the 60th year of diplomatic relations between India and Japan in 2012.
Mirza had visited Japan in 2011 on an invitation by JNTO to release a video message in support of Destination Japan. “I am thrilled and privileged to be associated with destination Japan a land of endless discovery of natural beauty,traditions,diverse culture,cuisine and arts. At the same time,it also appeals to young generations looking for modern design,contemporary art,Japanese comics and
fashion trends. I feel a strong connection to this great land of contrasts,” Mirza said.
The event also featured performances by traditional dancers from Morioka and Sendai regions of Tohoku in Northern Japan,a region often referred to as a “treasure chest” of folk arts. The centuries-old folk music and dance tradition survived the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of 3/11. The region is now on the road to recovery and efforts are being made to continuously revive the tourism in affected areas.