About the Sanin India Association

Sanin region consist of two prefectures, Shimane and Tottori, and located along the Japan Sea side of western Japan. In the center of Sanin region, five cities, Matsue, Izumo, Yasugi, Yonago, and Sakai-minato are working closely to create ”Nakaumi- Shinjiko -Daisen” area as an one city with about 660 thousands populations.

This area is blessed with a diversity of natural environment treasures and historical remains. About 80% of the land is occupied with mountains and forests. We also have a beautiful costal lines and clear water. World heritage Iwami Silver Mine, Izumo Great Shrine, and Matsue castle etc. are popular remains for sightseeing. On the other hand, there are many direct flights to Tokyo, Osaka, and international flight to Seoul, Korea from two airport Yonago airport and Izumo airport. Sea routes to Shanghai, Pusan Korea, and Vladivostok Russia from Sakai-minato port and Hamada port. Highways network connect to large city Osaka, Kobe, and Hiroshima etc.

With this circumstances, the Sanin India Association was established in June 2013 with the pleasure of Her Excellency Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa`s presence. Before that, we seat up the Nakamura Hajime Memorial Hall in Matsue city in October 2012 to celebrate Dr. Nakamura`s great work of Indian philosophy. With this case as a start, business communities in “Nakaumi- Shinjiko -Daisen” area seek the possibility of business exchange and cultural exchange with India.

We have more than 180 members now. They are from IT companies, constructors and builders, environmental business, process food manufacturers, machines and parts manufacturers, renewable energy business, individuals and so on. The Association is supported by the governor of Shimane and Tottori, Diet members, Prefectural assembly members, Mayors from five cities, President of the university, and Chairman from each chamber of commerce and industries etc. 

We start our activities to open our website and send newsletters “Namaste Sanin”. We held the first business seminar related to India in July, and send the first business delegation to India in November 2013. We are keen to promote friendly but practical business exchange and cultural exchange between Sanin region and India. We hope to contribute to mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and India and develop and improve the economy and community of Sanin region.

Madhuri’s Column “Have a Nice Day!”

San-in India Association starts a series of articles on our web-site entitled “Have a Nice Day”, written by Mrs. Madhuri Kasibhatla, who is Hindi language teacher certified by Indian Government, living in Matsue City, with support from Nakamura Hajime Memorial Hall from this June.

Mrs. Madhuri has moved to Matsue two years before with his husband. She is a Indian Government certified Hindi language teacher and her ability is valued by Mr. Armstrong Changsan, Consul General of India, Osaka-Kobe.

Mrs. Madhuri wish India and Japanese will deepen their mutual understanding and interaction. She will introduce Hindi language, proverbs, custom, tradition and wisdom of India in her column. Her column will be carried on our web-site.

No.1 “Namaste”
‘Namaste’ is commonly used word for salutation and valediction in Indian subcontinent. It is derived from Sanskrit and literally means “bowing to you”. Analyzing the word more carefully, it means "I bow to the God within you", or "The divine essence within me salutes the divine essence in you" - a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness. This greeting is usually spoken along with palms pressing each other in front of the chest and sometimes with a brief bow. ‘Namaskar’ and ‘Pranam’ also used and convey same meaning.(Kasibhala Madhuri)

Nakamura Hajime Memorial Hall

The Nakamura Hajime Memorial Hall is an institution honoring the lifetime achievements of Dr. Nakamura Hajime, an illustrious citizen of Matsue who was a worldwide authority on Indian Philosophy, Buddhism, and comparative thought. With the extensive support of the City of Matsue, the memorial hall was opened in October of 2012, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dr. Nakamura’s birth. Ambassador of India to Japan Smt. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa visited the memorial museum and was moved, and remarked that the hall is an embodiment of Indo-Japan exchange.

Dr. Nakamura deepened and advanced the study of Indian thought by clarifying Indian culture in historical and ideological ways. In the field of the study of Buddhism, he contributed a biography of Gotama Buddha based on his investigation of early Buddhist texts. Furthermore, he developed the field of comparative thought focuses on comparing the philosophy of the cultural sphere of India with other cultural spheres.

In 1966, Dr. Nakamura was awarded the Honorary Degree of Vidya-Vacaspati by the second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, in recognition of his achievements. In 1973, he was also awarded an honorary degree from the University of Delhi.

The memorial hall has a library of 30,000 of Dr. Nakamura’s books and academic documents, and displays a number of his personal belongings. The Nakamura Hajime Memorial Hall Eastern Thought and Culture Institute, in connection with the Nakamura Hajime Eastern Institute in Tokyo, hosts cultural lectures and promotes cultural and economic exchange between India and the Nakaumi region.

【Memorial Hall Information】
Location:Matsue City Hall Yatsuka Branch, Yatsuka-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken/Admission:10:00~18:00 (Closed on Mondays) Free Admission/Telephone: 0852-76-9593

Daikoku is an Indian God!?

Ookuninushi (a.k.a Daikoku-sama, Dai-Kokuten), who is enshrined at Japan’s Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, is said to have a connection with Shiva, the chief God of India’s Hindu religion. Shiva is said to be the deity of destruction and creation, and takes on an all-black form called Mahakala when he comes to terrorize the world, and when the myth came to Japan it is said that he became equivocated with Ookuninushi, based on a sort of world play between Daikoku (大黒) and Ookuni (大国).

Shiva is also the god of kitchens, and has been the deity to bestow grains unto people so that they do not suffer through famine. Shiva is also well known as the god of fortune, virtue, and wealth due to his status as a symbol of infinite wealth and his gavel, large pouch, and straw bag.