We have been engaged in various exchange activities with Leshan City, China
after concluding a friendship treaty in 1981.
1) Exchanging youth delegations from both cities
Developing friendships between the younger generation through short, summer
home stay programs in both Ichikawa and Leshan cities.
2) Intercommunication between citizens friendship delegations
Accompanied by a formal delegation from Ichikawa City, the citizens' friendship
delegation visited Leshan City. We also cultivated intercommunion with
the friendship delegation of Leshan City when they visited Ichikawa.
3) Screening of Chinese movies
Introducing high quality Chinese films.
4) Activities, getting more understanding of China
We welcome all persons who are interested in the above activities.
Holding the exhibitions of Chinese calligraphies, paintings, music, plays,
lectures and language classes, we promote better understanding China
and Chinese cultures.
Civil friendship delegation visited Leshan
This delegation together with the official one visited Leshan for one week
on July 11th 2016. They visited the school which was built by the donation
by Ichikawa citizen and Chinese support. They planted gingko and hoped
to keep friendships forever. They toured to the famous Leshan Great Buddha
Statue, the world heritage, seeing from the boat. The welcome dinner party
was held. A Chinese Song and Dance Troup showed traditional dance and three
Japanese played Japanese dances. They, of course, enjoyed famous hot Szechuan
cuisines and ended fruitful trip though it was short.
Ichikawa friendship citizen delegation visiting Leshan City
Ten youth of Leshan city, five boys and five girls between 20 and 11years old, accompanied by 張一力氏,the leader, and Mr. Wan Yi, an interpreter, came to Japan in the midnight on July 31st 2014. After staying the hotel close to the airport, they left for Chosi, East coast of Chiba, where many of them were first time to see the ocean and enjoyed so much on the beach since there is no sea in Leshan city. The next day, they met with the host families they stayed for 7 days. After making the curtesy call to the mayor Okubo, there were so many schedules in this trip, watching the big fireworks from the observatory of I-link Tower 47th floor, the Subaru high school, the museum of science and industry, Tokyo Disney Land, the Guo Moruo memorial museum, pear farm, the youth nature house and Asakusa.
On the last day, the farewell party was held and many people attended. It warmed up very much with singing songs and dancing hip-hops.
Attending Tea Culture Exhibition, held at Gabisan, Leshan City
Upon the Request of Leshan city, China, five of us, Ms. Narita, a Chair
of IIA, Mr. Okawara, a former Chair of Leshan city committee, Ms. Sato,
a master of Tea Ceremony, Ms. Eguchi, a Senior member of Tea Ceremony,
attended the Tea Culture Exhibition which was held at Gabisan, Leshan City
between April 27 and May 2. I visited Leshan city for the first time in
20 years after I joined to the official delegation in 1996. It was very
fruitful journey since Mr. Okawara told us many unknown Chinese and Japan-China
exchange histories and facts we cannot learn in books. 356 groups from
across the world joined this exhibition. Local Chinese were so interested
in Japanese tea ceremony and enjoyed it at our site.
It was used all of them immediately that members of IIA made up 106 kaishi (papers used for receiving cookies, cleaning cups and wrapping a left-over) for tea ceremony before we left. It regretted for the person who couldn’t experience this tea ceremony due to the limited time. There were many people who liked to take pictures with us though it passed time. I felt like a star only its day. I felt grateful to members of the Division of International relations and IIA to have prepared for this trip.
Visiting Lunar New Year at china Town
There is a Lunar New Year in January to February every year. It is filled
with Lunar New Year mood in China town on February 13, 2016. We enjoyed
eating tasty Chinese foods, praying Kantei Byou and Baso Byou, and seeing
Lion and Chinese dances. We had our fill of Lunar New Year.
“Shi Huangdi and lifelike images of soldiers and horses”
I walked through it at the Tokyo National Museum on February 9, 2016. The close look of lifelike images of soldiers and horses are huger than I expected and they looked like very strong soldiers. It was so interested in seeing various faces and clothes differed depending for jobs.
Hosting the official delegation from Leshan city
The official delegation from Leshan city visited Ichikawa and made curtesy
call to Mayor Okubo, visited I-link town and joined to the welcome dinner
hosted by IIA. They are Mr. 袁曉松, the Deputy Mayor of Leshan City, and other
5officers. We exchange official delegations and youth delegations each
other every year and cultivate friendship.
The lecture “History of Chinese characters”
I attended the lecture “History of Chinese characters” which was lectured
by Mr. H. Haruna, hosted by Leshan City Committee on May 29, 2015. He mentioned
many things about histories and scheme of Chinese characters. It became
popular since first Qin Emperor has standardized and expanded it while
he started to have unified China. In Houhan era, the books specialized
for Chinese characters were published and influenced very much to spread
it all over China. These knowledges were so impressive and new for me.
Japanese utilized Chinese characters to have created Manyo characters,
Hiragana and Katakana. I am proud to know that some Japanese Kanji are
used in China such as work, field, crossroad and others. I am so impressed
to have realized Mr. Haruna’s rich knowledge, personality, information
based on his experiences and facts he spoke to Mr. Kai Higashiyama directory.
It was very valuable and general culture lecture.
There are close relationship between Toushoudaiji and Ichikawa City since Mr. Kaii Higashiyama, living in Ichikawa, painted the famous Venerable Jianzhen in 8 c, in the Toushoudaiji, who came to Japan from China 12 year-battle of crossing Japan sea and lost visibility. Emperor Tenchi decided the name of this country “Japan” by the law “Taifou Ritsuｒyo”. Its name has been authorized officially by Tang, Chinese Dynasty. The Analects of Confucius are still active now in China and used by Chinese President, Xi Jinping. “To see a friend from far is a joy. Not to have a grudge even if you are not appreciated by others. It is gentlemanly." It passed very fast since his lecture was so interesting and fun. We are better to reaffirm that we learned the base of Japanese culture, Kanji, and many other things from China and recognize the importance of civil exchange between Japan and China as Mr. Haruna said.
The grass-roots exchange with Leshan city
We have been to Leshan city to celebrate 1300 years since the Leshan Great
Buddha Statue was sculptured. A fruitful trip for the three people including
the former chairman, Mr. Sasamoto, and me, who traveled to Leshan from
October 29 to November 2, 2013. We visited the city to celebrate 1300 years
since the Leshan Great Buddha Statue was sculptured. We first visited Guo
Moruo’s large, old and luxurious house, and the museum which hinted at
the wealth of his family. In the afternoon, we returned to the city to
attend the main event, the Leshan Great Buddha Cerebration. Many citizens
attended this special occasion. College students played music and danced
on the large-scale stage.
Next day, we went by boat to see the Leshan Great Buddha which was sculptured
on the cliffside. This Great Buddha was made for the people to pray for
those who died in the fast moving river. A memorial Buddhist service was
held and many monks chanted the Buddhist sutra.
Mr. Mo Bangfu made the lecture
It was held on September 25, 2013 at the Ichikawa Gender Equality Center
where was full of audience since there were the current Japan-China issues
and his wide social activities. He is a Chinese journalist interested in
Japan and making many economic and cultural comments. He began the lecture
from Ichikawa city where he used to live and got into the difficult experience
to learn Japanese and the main theme. He has likened the current relationship
of Japan and China to the old house which gets older and needs to be repaired.
He also pointed out the Japan and China will not get in war since China
has the good lesson to have opened the war in their borders with USSR.
The second reason is that there are the grass-roots exchanges such as Japan-China
50 kids picture exhibition and others. The travelers from China are also
increasing and the relationship turns to be fruitful.
Outdoor Chinese Language Lecture: China Town
The members interested in Chinese visited China Town, Yokohama on April
29 as the outside version of Chinese class once a month. We arrived there
after 12 o'clock and enjoyed to take delicious yum cha such as shrimp steamed
Gyoza (pot stickers), su my, shouronpou and others at fancy restaurant.
We finally arrived at "Baso Byou" where we looked for,
after walking and watching many places. The principal image of this temple
is goddess wearing red cloth, which has actually lived at 10c. She was
said to pray the safe voyage and protect the people from the disasters
We then went to Kantei Byou. It is the famous Guanyu in 3c, who was written
in Sanguozhi. He is being prayed as god of faith and bravery since he kept
the strong royalty to Liu Bei of Shu and true justice to Cao of Wei. He
was also talented to grow the wealth as the soldier, so that he was believed
as the god of merchant.