Farewell Gathering for Mr. Miwa of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Today government officials, distinguished guests, and members of the Kansai Consular Corps came together to bid farewell to Mr. Miwa of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his role as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kansai Region, Mr. Miwa worked tirelessly to strengthen relations between the community and the Kansai Consular Corps. We are deeply grateful for his valuable contribution.

The Kansai Consular Corps avails itself of this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Miwa’s successor, Ambassador Suzuki.

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Invitation to International Yoga Day in Kansai From the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe

I am delighted to share this invitation to the 2nd International Yoga Day in Kansai, from the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe!

The celebration will take place at Osaka Castle and all those interested – from beginners to experienced – are welcome to join!

What is “International Yoga Day”?
It is a celebration of yoga, declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. Over 177 countries co-sponsor the event, and in 2015 around 190 countries around the world held events.

Please see the flyer below for a more detailed explanation.
Hope to see you there, rain or shine!

Date: 19 June 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00am-15:00 (Gates open 9am, Free Main Event from 10:00-11:00, paid events follow)
Place: Osaka Castle, Nishinomaru Garden

English flyer

Invitation to Bali Dance Performance (Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka)

Can you believe its already June? The weather is warmer, the days are longer,
and I hope you are all finding time to enjoy the many exciting activities offered in Kansai.

Please allow me to share this invitation with you from the Consulate General of Indonesia.
You are warmly welcome to enjoy a Bali Dance Performance on 3 June (Friday) and 4 June (Saturday).
For complete details, please see the flyers below (Japanese).

Date: 3 June (Friday) 2016
Place: Sakai City (Osaka)
Time: 17:00-20:00
FREE!

Date: 4 June (Saturday) 2016
Place: Kishiwada (Osaka)
Time: 18:30-20:00
FREE!

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Invitation to Elegant Japanese-Western Fusion Dance and Dinner (Kobe Club)

Greetings from the KCC office in Sannomiya!

Mr. Daniel Aviolat, former Consul-General of Switzerland and Honorary Member of the Kansai Consular Corps, is pleased to share this invitation for an elegant evening of dinner and dance at the Kobe Club.

Date: 18 June (Saturday) from 18:30
Place: Kobe Club
Tickets: 7000 yen (Kobe Club Members) and 8000 yen (Non-Members)

Call the Kobe Club at 078-241-2588 (English or Japanese) to reserve.
Space is limited so you may wish to call early.

Please click on the photo below to enlarge it and read more details. Hope to see you there!

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Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium mentioned on the Thai Consulate Website

I was delighted to discover mention of our recent Kansai Consular Corps Youth Symposium on the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka website! Many warm thanks to Consul-General Manapan for his participation in our event. You can check out their website here:

http://www.thaiconsulate.jp/en/

 

We also received the kind cooperation of Consuls-General Wols (Netherlands), Greenberg (USA) and Changsan (India) as well as various representatives from Osaka and Kobe City government.

A summary – complete with photos – will be posted soon!

Invitation (Calligraphy Exhibition) From the Pakistani Consulate in Osaka

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Farukh Amil, cordially invites you to a unique Calligraphy Exhibition in Kobe.

Date: 16th (Wed) to 17th (Thu) March 2016 Wed 10:00~18:00 Thu 10:00~14:00

Venue: Atelier 1, The Gallery Wing, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art 1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe

Details: The art of Calligraphy is the most recognizable of Islamic art forms. The fluid lines and elegance of the Arabic letters are unique and inspiring. The importance of calligraphy lies in its primary objective of preserving the word of God. It is considered as the highest art due to its expression of the Divine.

Organizer: Embassy of Pakistan Tokyo Consulate of Pakistan Osaka

Co-Organizer: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Download the flyer here: Exhibition Leaflet

Hyogo- Kobe International Summit Recap (16 February 2016)

The 2016 Hyogo-Kobe International Summit was jointly-hosted on 16 February, 2016 by Hyogo Prefecture, the City of Kobe, and the Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Consul-General Wols, in his capacity as Dean of the Kansai Consular Corps, performed the role of chairman/moderator for the event. Attendees included Governor Ido, Mayor Hisamoto, Vice-Chairman Atarashi, members of the Kansai Consular Corps, as well as local government and industry leaders.

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CG Taguiang (Philippines) greets Mayor Hisamoto before the program commences

IMG_1995CG Wols (Netherlands) acting as Chairman of the Event

Opening presentations were delivered on behalf of Hyogo Prefecture by Mr. Mizuguchi, and on behalf of Kobe City by Mr. Kato. Mr. Mizuguchi highlighted recent tourism trends in Hyogo, noting that Hyogo Prefecture is an excellent location for B-class gourmet foods. He mentioned the prefecture’s efforts to connect to the greater Kansai-area tourism network vis a vis projects like the Flower of Kansai Route. Mr. Kato spoke in detail about Kobe City’s current approach to tourism: “focus[ing] on the present by building on the past.” Kobe City’s goal is to focus on “lifestyle tourism in Kobe.” To that end, tourism officials are asking themselves “What is the story of Kobe City?”

Thanks to their speeches, listeners were able to take away a great deal of information about the strategies towards tourism at the prefectural and city level.

Following the Hyogo and Kobe speakers, three presentations were made by members of the Kansai Consular Corps. Consul-General Lombardi (Italy), Consul-General Manapan (Thailand), and Acting Consul-General Hwang (USA) each shared their insight regarding tourism in their own countries and their candid feedback for Hyogo-Kobe (the KCC Executive Secretariat was particularly moved by CG Lombardi, who delivered his presentation entirely in Japanese).

CG Lombardi spoke about Italian tourism, noting how the Olympics provides a great opportunity to improve existing facilities (such as museums).

IMG_1980CG Lombardi (Italy) addresses the audience, delivers his presentation in Japanese

CG Manapan discussed how tourism contributes to grassroots income in his country, and discussed how the Thai tourism board overcame a challenge regarding brand image in the 1980’s by educating the public. He also introduced current tourism campaigns which emphasize people and culture.

IMG_1982CG Manapan (Thailand) engages the audience, provides overview of Thailand’s Tourism efforts past and present

Acting CG Hwang emphasized the importance of commitment, partnership and visibility in tourism promotion efforts. She also highlighted what she thought were strengths (from a tourist’s perspective) and areas for further development regarding tourism infrastructure in Hyogo Prefecture and Japan at large.

Presentations were followed by a lively Q&A in which members of the Kansai Consular Corps provided feedback.

CG Changsan (India) discussed the expectations of Indian tourists and highlighted the need for Japan tourism representatives to combat the stereotype that Japan is 1) too far and 2) too expensive. He also mentioned that the concept of vegetarianism among some Indians is different from that in Japan (depending on one’s beliefs, eggs and garlic may not be considered vegetarian in India).

IMG_1988Thoughtful feedback by CG Changsan (India)

CG Taguiang (Philippines) raised the point that how a tourist comes to Kansai matters. For example, she noted that tourists who come to Kansai are likely to visit Hyogo; whereas tourists who come from Tokyo are likely only to go to Kyoto. She suggested that Kobe partner with local transport providers such as the JR Shinkansen to enrich routes to Kobe.

IMG_1990Feedback to the hosts by CG Tanguing (Philippines)

CG Binh (Vietnam) informed the panel that Hyogo-Kobe is known in Vietnam for beef and earthquakes. He suggested that one way to expand the image of the area to Vietnamese travelers would be to forge closer cultural exchanges with the cities of Vietnam (“people-to-people exchange”), and also to work closely with the local Vietnamese community in Kobe. CG Binh also noted that many Vietnamese travelers go to India to visit Buddhist sites and proposed that this may be an area to promote in Hyogo.IMG_1993

CG Binh (Vietnam) offers insight from the Vietnamese perspective

A reception followed the event. The Mayor of Kobe opened the evening with a greeting. Governor Ido delighted guests with an impromptu poem he created after hearing the inputs of KCC members. His poem was deftly translated into English on the fly by a very talented interpreter, Ms. Miyamoto. Remarks were also provided by the Chairman of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, Ambassador Miwa opened the reception with a kanpai toast.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.59.20Governor Ido (right) and Mayor Hisamoto (front center)

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.58.59The crowd is charmed by Governor Ido’s poem, skillfully rendered into English by Ms. Miyamoto from Hyogo Prectural Government Office

Closing remarks were provided by CG Wols.

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Some of the women working before and behind the scenes for Kobe, Hyogo, and Kansai.

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The Kansai Consular Corps would like to thank its hosts for their kindness and cooperation in hosting this event.

(written by Angela Troianos, Executive Secretariat Kansai Consular Corps)

(Event Summary) Shizuoka Prefecture “Fuji No Kuni” 10 February 2016

Members of the Kansai Consular were invited to participate in the 2016 “Fuji No Kuni” event, hosted by the Shizoka Prefectural government on 10 February 2016.

The event opened with a lecture by the Dean of Shizuoka University, who spoke about the prefecture’s efforts to address its declining birth rate (a nation-wide issue). Over 100 people attended the lecture including representatives from the Russian, Dutch, and Philippines. Consuls-General Wols (Netherlands) and Taguiang (Philippines) personally attended.

A reception followed the lecture. Guests were able to learn about the various industries of Shizuoka and were treated to local specialties. Business and community leaders were among the attendees, creating a wonderful opportunity for Consuls to expand their understanding of and network in Shizuoka Prefecture.

 

IMG_1901The Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture opens the lecture

IMG_9601Representatives of Kansai Consular countries are welcomed by the Governor.

Left to Right: CG Wols (Netherlands), CG Taguiang (Philippines), CG Binh (Vietnam), CG Manapan (Thailand), CG Changsan (India), [US Consul from Nagoya], Consul Naseer (Pakistan) and Attache from Russia acting in proxy

IMG_9619A feast composed of Shizuoka seasonal specialties

IMG_9621Consul Naseer (Pakistan)

IMG_9624Demonstration of Shizuoka Industry and Products

(Event Summary) Opening Ceremony of Quilt Exhibition, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Osaka

On January 27th, 2016 Kansai Consular Corps members joined local government leaders and other distinguished guests for the opening ceremony of a traditional Russian Quilt Exhibition. The ceremony, which was held at the Russian Consulate, included a tour of the artwork, a concert, and a reception featuring Russian delicacies.

Guests appeared delighted by the opportunity to view exquisitely crafted quilts with various themes. Following a preview of the quilts, they enjoyed an afternoon of music. The performance included songs that are popular in Russia and Japan.

It was a celebration of friendship and culture.

Consul-General Ryabov welcomes guests

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Opening of the Exhibit by Russian Ambassador, who arrived from Tokyo to join the event

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Local officials greet the Consul-General

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Consul-General Kulanda (Mongolia) joins for a photograph

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Ornate Russian Quiltwork

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Job Vacancy Announcement from the Consulate-General of the Philippines in Osaka

Please allow me to share this information about a translator/interpreter position at the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka. Interested persons should send their inquiries to Ms. Shirley Nuevo at the email below.

For your convenience, a downloadable description is also available here: advert_interpreter

NOTICE

The Philippine Consulate General – Osaka-Kobe invites applications for a translator/interpreter with the following minimum qualifications:

  • native Japanese speaker, or Level 1 proficiency (if non-Japanese)
  • proficient in the English language
  • willing to travel within Western Japan, coordinating with Japanese city, ward, police and immigration officials
  • willing to undergo a minimum three (3) months probation
  • preferably with driver’s license.

Monthly compensation will depend on qualification and experience.

Please send your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to shirley.nuevo@dfa.gov.ph as soon as possible. Those who have previously submitted their CVs or resumes need not re-apply.