The city of Thiruvananthapuram is to celebrate its links to Japan by hosting a special festival.

The strong links between the city of Thiruvananthapuram and Japan are to be celebrated with a festival.

Trade links have been seen between India and Japan for the past 60 years and to mark this event, the city will be starting the Discover Japan Festival, which will begin on May 11th.

Spanning three days, the showcase at the VJT Hall will explore Japanese culture, with highlights to include displays of origami and an insight into the traditional arts of caring for Bonsai trees and flower arranging.

A showing of Japanese films will also take place at the event, with the first screening beginning at 19:00 local time on the first evening.

Women can also take part in a class of Karate Do Kubudo on Saturday from 10:00.

To get a taste of the traditional culture of India, take a visit to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple  in Thiruvananthapuram, one of the most iconic Hindu temples in the city.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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