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 visits Leshan City. We also cultivate intercommunioncation with
the friendship delegation of Leshan City when they visit Ichikawa.
3) Exchange with Chinese residents and overseas students who live in Ichikawa
Introducing high quality Chinese films.
4) Activities, getting more understanding of China
We welcome all persons who are interested in the above activities.
Scene of language class
Appreciating the exhibitions of Chinese calligraphies, paintings, music,
plays, lectures and language classes, we promote better understanding China
and Chinese cultures.
Lunar New Year at China Town in Yokohama
It was the fourth visit for Leshan members to China town in Yokohama where
the lunar New Year was being celebrated on February 16, 2018. We took group
picture in front of Zenrin-Mon Gate. First, visiting to Guandi shrine before
lunch, we bought long Chinese type incense sticks and prayed for lucky
in money, health and school achievement. The most popular wish must be
gaining money. Then we enjoyed lunch eating Beijing style Chinese foods
which were popular in Lunar New Year while hearing from members the unknown
background to make the treatment of the friendship city with Leshan. We
were impressed in its story and thought it must be kept in record.
Around 4pm, the lion dance started with the big noise of firecrackers. The lion got in the restaurant and showed the lion dance. It bit the head of us, which brought luck to us.
It was very valuable day, eating tasty foods, knowing the history of friendship
city and watching lion dance.
Youth delegation visited Ichikawa
Leshan Youth Delegation, consisted by eight students and two attendants,
arrived at Ichikawa on July 31, 2017. They are students of the Leshan first
Junior High School which Mr. Guo Moruo graduated. The group leader Mr.
Zhang who came to Japan as the interpreter in 1998 first and this time
too made the speech at the meeting ceremony that he hope both countries’
exchange will last forever. The students were introduced to the family
they were going to stay.
The busy schedule started after this, making a courtesy visit to the mayor
and the chair of the city council, visiting Subaru HS, sightseeing in Tokyo,
visiting many places in Chiba (Kamogawa Sea World, Onjuku Fire Works, Katsuura
Marine Park and the observatory floor at the aqua line) and famous places
They also enjoyed to stay in Japanese family, studying how to make thin
pieces of dried bonito, soup of thin wheat noodle and trying to eat sliding
noodle on a slanted opened bamboo. (soumen nagashi in Japanese) ,
They also experienced traditional tea ceremony in the host family and exchanged closely.
There was the farewell party that many IIA members attended and boosted up the mood. Two Chinese girls made the attractive modern Chinese dance and two boys played guitars harmonized with its dance. They were applauded pretty much.
They left Japan the next day with many splendid memories. I hoped both countries’ friendship last forever.
To visit China Town in Yokohama
It was a Lunar New year on January 28 this year and we, members of Leshan
City Committee visited the Yokohama China Town on February 2, 2017. It
was busy to cerebrate New Year there.
First, we visited Guandi shrine, a center of China town. We prayed to its
statue after buying long incense sticks and offer them in five places.
We asked many things there. A lot of putative Chinese were praying seriously.
Some of us visited Szechuan last year as members of civil delegation and
enjoyed very delicious Szechuan foods, so that we tried to find good Szechuan
foods in China town. We found nice restaurant to serve Szechuan foods,
not so hot and enjoyed its taste in Japan.
Around 4pm, the cerebration parade started on the street in front of the
restaurant. It began from the big noise of fire crackers, followed by dragon
dance, China’s Generals wearing stilt, Emperor's armor troops, beautiful
ladies flag team and lastly many colors of lion dances. There were famous
“Monkey King” in the parade.
We enjoyed full of New Year mood.
Leshan Civil friendship Delegation visited Ichikawa
Leshan Official Delegation, six officers, visited Ichikawa between May 22nd and 25th, 2016. IIA held the welcome dinner party at the Grand Hotel in Ichikawa on 23rd. attending more than 90 members. Mayor Okubo made the congratulatory speech in Chinese and was well accepted. The deputy Mayor of Leshan replied as the thank-you speech that IIA Delegation came to support the Emeishan Tea Culture Convention in Leshan, being held between end of April and beginning of May. Shamisen, three-string music instrument, and Shakuhachi, bamboo flute, made beautiful sounds at the party and it was filled with peaceful circumstance. Ms. Narita, President of IIA, made the closing address, getting a big hand.
The delegation made visits to the clean center, sanitation facility, the Guo Moruo Memorial museum in the Suwada Park. Mr. Guo Moruo got born in Leshan and lived in Ichikawa. The Deputy Mayor wrote the letter in brush stroke and left it in the museum. After the success visit to Japan, they left for Australia to make friendship city exchange.
We hoped our Japan-China friendship last more and forever.