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Leshan City Committee

History, Purpose

We have been engaged in various exchange activities with Leshan City, China after concluding a friendship treaty in 1981.

Main activitiesF
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
Holding the exhibitions of Chinese calligraphies, paintings, music, plays, lectures and language classes, we promote better understanding China and Chinese cultures.
We welcome all persons who are interested in the above activities.

Previous Events

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 ͎,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 couldnft 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.

gShi Huangdi and lifelike images of soldiers and horsesh

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. ͝, 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 gHistory of Chinese charactersh

I attended the lecture gHistory of Chinese charactersh 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. Harunafs 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 gJapanh by the law gTaifou Ritsuyoh. 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. gTo 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 Moruofs 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 and diseases.
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.

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