Japanese museum

Japanese museum is a separate entity housed in a separate hall which contains mainly mementos depicting exclusively Japanese art and culture. As one enters what catches the eye is an exquisitely finished bronze bust of President Jayewardene with the inscription..." Great Benefactor of the Japanese People " the context of which goes back to the Peace Treaty signed in 1951 in San Francisco where President Jayewardene delivered his famous speech quoting the immortal words of Lord Buddha-' hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’ which moved 51 nations to view Japan in a different perspective without hatred, vengeance and contempt after World War ll. Japanese people have shown their gratitude in so many ways. The Japanese Garden donated by Rev. Ryugen Tzmaka stand as a living example. Among various items displayed in the museum the following are some;

  • Intricately worked incense Bowl presented by Emperor Hirohito.
  • Photograph of President and Lady Jayewardene with the old town of Hiroshima in the background.
  • A picture of the Peace Pagoda.
  • Photographs of Emperor and Empress Hirohito and Prince and Princess
  • A tiered array of Japanese dolls. replicas of an ancient emperor and queen and subordinates
  • An extract from the President's speech at the Peace Treaty in San Francisco in 1951 on a carved wooden plaque 8' x 10' fixed to a wall

Main Facilities

Auditorium

    Auditorium is a fully equipped reception hall hired out for wedding receptions and similar functions. It is also hired out at very subsidized rates for book
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Japanese museum

    Japanese museum is a separate entity housed in a separate hall which contains mainly mementos depicting exclusively Japanese art and culture.
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The Museum

    One of the most illustrious collections of personal memorabilia, the museum contains about 600 items gifted to President Jayewardene.
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Presidential Archives

    President Jayewardene was a man who believed in preserving everything he possessed for posterity. He had jealously preserved the diaries and most of the exercise books he used as a schoolboy
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The Library

    The library contains over 16000 books and publications mainly in English and Sinhala and a few in other languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.
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The Ryugen Garden

    A replica of the gorgeous courtyards of the Japanese elite is a gift from Rev. Ryugen Tanaka as a token of gratitude to President Jayewardene
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Classes

    The J. R. Jayewardene Centre provides support services for classes conducted in various fields such as
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