Yoshiaki Inoue / Marubeni India Private Ltd. Goa Office
Many people know that India was a former colony of the United Kingdom, but there was also a part that was Portuguese territory during the British colonial rule. That's right – that was here in Goa, where I am living on assignment.
Goa is a very small state, with a population of 1.3 million, located 600 kilometers south of Mumbai, on the west coast of India. The main industries are tourism and mining (iron ore), and I am primarily responsible for iron ore exports from Goa to Japan.
With respect to the history of Goa, after Vasco da Gama – the first European to cross the Cape of Good Hope – arrived at Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) in 1498, Goa became a territory of Portugal in 1510, and it remained a Portuguese colony for 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. It was known as Golden Goa in its glory as a major center of trade. The Christian missionary Francis Xavier also came from Portugal aiming to stop at ports in Japan. The churches of the day maintain part of their original shape to this day, and the Christian Churches of Goa are listed as World Heritage Sites. In one of these – the Basilica of Bom Jesus – the remains of Xavier are enshrined in a glass case, and the general public can view these remains.
Although more than fifty years have passed since Goa was annexed by India, many of the buildings from the Portuguese colonial era are still in use, and the influence of Portuguese culture remains prominent. Goa is safe, and you can savor an exotic atmosphere that is unlike anywhere else in India. In addition, Goa is a leading beach resort, as savvy people know. For Indians, Goa is a land of admiration that they want to visit at least once in their lives.
Soaking in the vast history of the former Golden Goa, the Goa of Admiration – the variety of aspects that you can gaze upon – while watching the sunset over the Arabian Sea.... How would you like to come and spend time in this Goa?
Marubeni Group magazine "M-SPIRIT" VOL.82 (July, 2014)