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Medan City Committee

Hisrory, Purpose

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 Zoo.

Main Activities

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 Association.
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 them
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Previous Events

Enjoyed Matcha with foreign residents

On March 18, 2017, after the ceremony of completing the Japanese language class at the Niihama Elementary School, we had a tea ceremonies with 44 attendants including foreign adults and children from nine countries.
They liked a Manju printed a cherry blossom, saying it was pretty and delicious. But some of children gave up drinking tea as it tasted bitter. 
We are planning for children to make a tea by themselves in next year.

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.

Indonesia Sweets Workshop

On July 30, 2016, a seminar to make Indonesian sweets was held at Niihama Elementary School. Although three Indonesian teachers wearing long-sleeved shirt, long skirt and veil were cooking as usual in a cooking room without an air-conditioner, we, Medan city committee members, could not be stopping to wipe sweat.
Today’s recipes were “Klepon”(a sweet potato ball with coconut powder) and “Lumpia Goreng” (fried spring roll ). We used Japanese food materials such as sweet potatoes, spring roll wrapping skins, rice noodles etc. and could make Asian dishes simply by adding Indonesian spices.
Children in the Japanese class were all happy with our dishes, saying very delicious.

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 ? 2016

On 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 xylophone.
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 Raya

After the Islamic fasting month, the big festival ,Hari Raya Puasa, is starting.
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 Iftar

Ramadan(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.

2015 The first social gathering with Indonesian

It was the first time that the social gathering with Indonesian living in Ichikawa was held at the Ichikawa Niihama elementary school on June 7.
There were 35 members containing 16 Indonesians.
The people of Indonesia introduced themselves and they talked about their jobs in Indonesia. The people of Japan talked about the personal involvements with Indonesia.
Although we were relieved to hear that Indonesians in Ichikawa are mostly satisfied with their lives in Japan, we came to know that they are worrying about what to do in case of emergency.
We recognized that IIA should offer much more specific information with regard to emergency measure.

2015 Indonesian Senior High School students visited Ichikawa Subaru Senior High School

Eighteen students in the first grade of Jakarta Al-Azhar Kelap Gading High School called on Ichikawa Subaru Senior High School on Apr.18. They came to Japan to learn Japanese language.
At first, the students of both schools studied Japanese and Indonesian culture and customs.
Then they enjoyed playing games and talked in English each other, sometimes using the gestures. Soon, they were getting to be intimate each other. The students of Ichikawa Subaru Senior High School performed songs of Disney Melody by the circle of mixed chorus and played vigorous march by the circle of the brass band.
We are glad to think that this event will be a suspension bridge between Japan and Indonesia in the future.

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.

Indonesian Night

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 WarUtalked 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 city

A 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.



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