The Republic of Indonesia is a developing country with a fast growing GDP.
Medan City is the capital of North Sumatra. Medan City and Ichikawa City
began collaborative interaction after 1984 and a Sister City Agreement
between both cities met with unanimous approval at Ichikawa City Counsel
in Sep. 1989 after many discussions between the two. Ichikawa City greeted
a Medan City Delegation headed by their mayor on Nov. 1989 when they officially
signed the Sister City Agreement.
Scenic sightseeing in Medan
Medan developed rapidly after Dutch tobacco companies moved in during the
1860s and turned it into a prosperous town with products such as tobacco,
rubber and tea. Belawan Bay is a major embarkation port of oil and an important
merchant town now. Maimoon Palace and Mesjid Raya Mosque are historical
places in Medan. Danau Toba (Lake Toba) and the surrounding suburb of Medan
are known as scenic sightseeing areas.
History of both cities intercommunion
Youth intercommunication activities between the two cities are active.
Ichikawa has sent a youth delegation to Medan 7 times and youth delegations
have arrived from Medan 12 times. We cultivate mutual understanding of
the differences in culture, history and customs through these activities.
Two orangutans were donated in 1992 by Medan city and have since had two
babies. The four orangutans are popular with visitors at the Ichikawa Municipal
1) Donation of acoustic instruments for schools for hearing impaired children
The committee has been donating used acoustic instruments which were repaired
before shipping to two schools for hearing impaired children in Medan as
well as dispatching a doctor. This project saved many deaf persons in Medan
but it is now in difficult situation due to the budget problem.
2) Donation of scholarship money
Scholarship money has been donated for long period to aid those children
who are not able to go to school because of their unaffordable families.
But unfortunately it is suspended due to the difficulty of fund-raising.
3) Project of disaster assistance
In December, 2004, Medan and its neighboring cities had enormous damages
by big earthquake hit the Sumatra area. IIA exerted utmost effort to raise
a fund from public and made monetary donation to Medan International Exchange
4) Sending and receiving youth delegations
In 3 years, both cities youth delegations visit the city each other and stay in host families in summer.
5) Donation of Judo uniform
The committee collected used Judo uniforms from high schools in Ichikawa
when high school students graduated and had no use of uniforms. They were
shipped to Medan after cleaned up so that private Judo schools can re-use
The general meeting of the Medan City Committee and the lecture of Mr.
Hamada, a former Consul General of Medan new
At the meeting on February 24. 2019, the business result of 2018 was reported
and introduced Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi, the new chairperson, and Mr. Taeko
Higuchi, the new officer.
Mr. Yuji Hamada, had a lecture, "Indonesia now". There were many
opportunities for the Japanese technical assistance of using the Indonesia's
rich resources, but Japan is facing difficulties caused by declining birthrate
and advancing aging population. So he hoped that a lot of Indonesians come
to Japan for working to develope the regional area and contribute to Japan.
Even if politics changes, the citizen exchange is continuing for a long
time. It is very wonderful that the exchange was lasting for 30 years beginning
by the Mr. Kunio Takahashi, a former Mayer of Ichikawa.
Indonesian students’ theater company “en Juku”
We went to see the Japanese musical of the theater company "en Juku"
composed of Indonesian students on March 29.
The program was called “Feast of the lord” which was written, directed and composed by Japanese teacher living in Jakarta, Sugako Kaikiri.
The story was that young and shy lord runaway from home and came into a playhouse where he could learn a family and society what they should be. En Juku members spoke clean and easy Japanese and even acted a polite man and modest women. Their performances of traditional performing arts such as Kabuki, Nagauta and Shamisen were superb.
In the following second part, they performed exciting song and dance with the music of "Dancing Indonesia".
On November 19, we invited Dr. Tarek Fatyani (33 years old Syrian) as
a lecturer of “ Islamic World unfamiliar to the Japanese”.
Islam is now the largest religion in the world and in Indonesia, 88% of the population is believer of Islam and due to the large population Indonesia is the country with the most believers in the world. (202 million believers)
Islam is absolute devotion to the only God. Islam is to believe in the six pillars of faith ; Allah 'Only God', Angels, Prophets and Messengers, Islamic Holy Book, Last Judgement and Resurrection, and Predestination. Also the five pillars of faith act are Shahada(Faith), Salat(Prayer), Zakat(Charity), Sawan(Fasting) and Haji(Pilgrimage to Mecca).
Arabic calligraphy is a wonderful character refined over 1000 years to write beautifully the God's word "Koran" in Arabic. Dr. Fatyani wrote the words of the Koran with a choke on the blackboard “May God’s peace, mercy and blessing be upon you”
Ichikawa Youth Delegation to Medan City
As one of Ichikawa's youth exchange projects, the delegation consisting
of seven high school students was dispatched to Medan City, Sumatra Province,
Indonesia from August 15 to 25, 2016. Students experienced different cultures,
environments and lifestyles from those of Japan, through school visits,
Independence Day ceremony participation, traveling to Lake Toba with Indonesian
high school students, farewell dinner hosted by the Mayor of Medan, home-stay
and more. Those experiences will be valuable treasures for each student
that would not be forgotten in their lives.
Lecture “Did Jagatara Oharu spend a pathetic life?”
On November 18, 2016, Ms Hiroko Shiraishi, a researcher of modern cross-cultural exchange history, gave a lecture on the life of a half-blooded Jagatara Oharu (Jeronima Haru Marino) who was deported from Japan to Batavia based on Anti-Christian Edicts of the Tokugawa Shogun Era.
The lyrics of 'Nagasaki Monogatari' written by Mr. Saburo Umeki in 1939 reflected a miserable feelings of Oharu, remembering Japan from a far foreign country, but Ms.Shiraishi discovered the fact that Oharu was well educated and had happy marriage life with wealthy husband and seven children after examining old documents in Jakarta, Hirado and Nagasaki. Why did the songwriter write a pathetic lyrics? Ms Shiraishi guessed that the songwriter even in later years still had a subconscious mind that the banished woman should be pathetic.
How do you like Matcha ? 2016On Mar. 19, 2016, the Committee held tea ceremonial party at Niihama Elementary School. This was the occasion of the completion day of Japanese language study class and 18 students and their chaperons from 6 countries, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Philippine, Kirghiz and Peru enjoyed the Matcha, Japanese powdered tea. Some of them tried to prepare a tea by themselves and they had a lot of fun.
Musical Performances of Angklung On Jan. 24, 2016, at the stage of IIA’s New Year’s Festa, 22 members of
Chiba Indonesian Society which included some CUC(Chiba University of Commerce)
students from Indonesia played Angklung, traditional Indonesian bamboo
Players, dressed in their Indonesian costumes, engaged the heart and mind of audiences with the gentle sound of Japanese and Indonesian tunes.
Youth Delegation from Medan visited Ichikawa 2015 8 young people from Medan visited Ichikawa from Jul. 31 to Aug.8, 2015
on their youth exchange program. During their stay, they could understand
more about Japan through their experiences, playing dance and singing songs
with Japanese High School students, Kendo matches which is Japanese art
of fencing, dubbing Japanese on animation movie, decorating a wind-chime
and living a day life with host family.
They left Japan with a lot of memories through surprising cross-culture experiences.
2015 The foods of Hari RayaAfter the Islamic fasting month, the big festival ,Hari Raya Puasa, is
Indonesia is the country of the biggest Islamic population in the world of Islamite. Islamites in Indonesia are the 90 percent of the population.
We wanted to enjoy Hari Raya Puasa like the Japanese New Year. So 18 members of Medan City Committee went to the Indonesian restaurant in Meguro to experience the foods of Hari Raya.
At first we tasted a sweet dessert. It is good for stomach after the fasting.
Next we tried the chicken with coconut, and the baking fish rapping banana leaf, and more.
All of us had their fill of the taste of Indonesian foods, with talking about sweet memories in Indonesia.
2015 IftarRamadan(Islamic fasting month) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
It is from June 18th to July 16th this year. The Islamites are prohibited from eating and drinking anything during a daytime from sunrise to sunset.
They say, Iftar is the breakfast, which means the first meal after breaking fast every day during Ramadan.
The party of Iftar was held at Gyotoku I&I Hall on July 4th with over 500 Islamic people in Ichikawa, coming from more than eight different national origins. The tables were crammed with many delicious dishes from different countries and we were surprised at the bunch of dishes and its quantity. And we were surprised again that the eating areas were separated into male and female sections.
We strongly felt the necessity of understanding of the Islamic culture much more.
The official delegation and citizen group of Ichikawa visited Medan City In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Sister City Affiliation, 6 members of official delegation and 20 citizens visited Medan City during Oct.14 to 19.2014. The party met Mr. Yuji Hamada, Consul General of Japan in Medan on the first day and had his lecture about Indonesia as its best, importance of technology investment and human resources development by Japan.
In this evening, Mr. Bayu Fadhlan, President of Medan Sister City Association, invited us to the dinner with the entertainments of traditional dances and songs by students dispatched to Japan before.
On the following day, the party made the official visit to Mr. Dzulmi Eldin, the Mayor of Medan, and the official delegation signed the exchange conference document, exchanged the souvenirs and joined the tree-planting ceremony of the tree called Matoa at the park of Ahmad Yani. At the dinner party hosted by the Mayor, all participants from Ichikawa and Medan confirmed the importance of active involvement of young generation from both cities in order to continue and enhance the good relationship between two cities which cultivated in past 25 years.
Medan City Committee held the special event “Indonesian Night” on Sep.13,
Sat. at the Colton Hall of Nikke Colton Plaza. This special occasion commemorated
the 25th Anniversary of Ichikawa and Medan Sister City Affiliation which
began in 1989. The program began with the speech of Ms. Julia Silalahi,
Trade Attache, the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, Tokyo, who introduced
the profile of Indonesia with her profluent-Japanese. Following the speech,
dancers gorgeously dressed performed the dances of Bali which attracted
more than 130 participants in the hall. Then, we seated and enjoyed Indonesian
foods, chatting about experiences of travel to Medan, memories of life
when worked in Medan, and more. Among those chats, it was so impressive
to hear the memories of World WarⅡtalked by the aged gentleman.
Receiving the visit of Medan Official and Citizens Delegations for Ichikawa
City in 2014.
8 members of Medan visited Ichikawa for attending the ceremony of both
cities’ 25th sister city relationship anniversary. Paying a courtesy visit
to Mr. Okubo, Mayor of Ichikawa, on 15th, they visited the Ichikawa Gakuen
and presented thanks memorial goods to Mr. Masaichi Koga, Chairperson,
who donated many judo uniforms to the judo school in Medan.
Next day, they went to Hitachinaka City and realized enormous damages by big Tsunami.
Afer returning to Ichikawa, the anniversary ceremony was held at the Ichikawa
Zoo & Botanic Park. Praying friendship between Medan and Ichikawa,
we planted Yohkoh cherry in front of the orangutan’s cage.
At the farewell party, about a hundred people of both cities gathered together, enjoying the Indonesian songs with playing mandolin and dancing , lead by the Minami Gyoutoku Hanagumi.
Visit for the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, and the school of Republic
of Indonesia, Tokyo in 2014.
25 members of IIA visited to the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia at Meguro on January 30.
Mr. Heryana, the Counsellor and secretaries explained us about Indonesia.
We talked about the memories when we visited Medan City and the Medan youth
delegation stayed in Ichikawa.
After we tasted the wonderful spicy Indonesian lunch, we visited the school of Republic of Indonesia, Tokyo. The students demonstrated Bunchakshirat which is similar to Japanese Karate and then we observed the students studying classroom.
It was so impressive for us to see that students were smart and their eyes
were filled with full of hope.
Ichikawa youth delegation visited Medan in 2013
Ichikawa youth delegation visited Medan in summer of 2013 under youth exchange
program. They stayed in host families and had a nice time to visit various
places and exchange friendship with young people in Medan. The picture
was taken on the occasion of youth exchange program.
Medan youth delegation visited Ichikawa in 2012
Medan youth delegation visited Ichikawa in August, 2012. This was under the youth exchange program which offers both cities youth delegation to visit each other in 3 years. They enjoyed visiting places like zoo and botanic park, pear fruit farm, Chiba Museum of Science & Industry and Subaru high school. At the zoo, they met orangutan family who were donated by Medan city.
Orangutans donated by Meden cityA couple of orangutans were donated by Medan city to Ichikawa city in 1992.
They had first and second child respectively in 2003 and 2010 and play
their part in promoting friendship at the Ichikawa zoo and botanic park.