The Kizuna Festival presented by Jawaharlal Nehru University is aimed at students of the Japanese language. The event has been running every year since 2007, except 2011 when it was cancelled at short notice due to the earthquake in Japan. This year, various plans are being made, including taiko drumming and bon-odori dancing, Japanese film screenings, origami workshops and ikebana (flower arrangement) workshops. A seminar on the disaster in Japan is scheduled for the day prior to the start of the festival and will feature a number of learned individuals from Japan. It will also be an opportunity to consider earthquake countermeasures in India, such as predicting the amount of damage that may occur in case an earthquake hits, in addition to learning about the state of affairs of the 2011 disaster. The lecturer – Dr. J.F. Morris is from Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, JAPAN. John Morris completed his studies in Japanese language and culture at the Australian National University in 1973. From 1973 to 1984, he studied Japanese history at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, where he completed a Master’s and a Doctor’s degree, specialising in the early modern history of the Tohoku Region. He has taught Japanese cultural studies at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University since 1989. He has published several books and many articles in Japanese on the early modern history of the Tohoku Region, the history of aborigines under British settlement in Australia, and on the social integration of foreigners in contemporary Japanese society.