Delegation of Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University in Japan Visits Confucius Institute Headquarters

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University [Time]    2017-06-21 13:45:18 

On June 8th, during the 2017 annual board meeting of Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University which was held at Beihang University, a five-person delegation led by Mitsunobu Sato, President of Kogakuin University paid a visit to the Confucius Institute Headquarters, with the accompany of Weng Jing, Dean of International School of Beihang University and others. Xia Jianhui, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Head of the Division for Asian and African Confucius Institutes and others were present at the discussions.

Xia Jianhui welcomed Mitsunobu Sato and his delegation. He said that the Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University is one of the best Confusions Institutes in Japan. It not just offers outstanding Chinese language courses but also features cultural activities, making great contributions to enhancing mutual understanding between the Chinese and Japanese people.

Visiting the Confucius Institute Headquarters

In the discussion, Xia Jianhui talked about his experience and feelings when he first visited Japan in 2015. He said, “This visit changed me a lot. Before going to Japan, I believed that China and Japan, as the most geographically proximate neighbors, had close exchanges in history and shared common ground on cultures. Therefore, it is easy to understand each other. However, I didn’t realize it until I got there that similarity and closeness are not equal to identical in any way. Our communication with Japan is different from that with western countries. After deeply thinking about it, I found that totally different cultures tend to be inclusive to each other for the already known differences. But the similar cultures are easy to be taken for granted and ignore the differences, which are more likely to cause huge misunderstandings. The communication between neighbors has large space and potential. Only when we appreciate the differences in close communication can we promote our neighbor relations with mutual understanding and cooperation.

Informal discussion

Mitsunobu Sato agreed and pointed that, today, with the rapid development of new and high technology, face-to-face communication is much more important. After the informal discussion, Mitsunobu Sato, along with other representatives, visited the Confucius Institute’s culture experiencing center.

The delegation experiencing Chinese culture

The delegation also went to Yonghe Temple, as well as Beijing Confucian Temple and the Imperial College (Guozijian), directly experiencing the Confucian spirits including “being a man before doing things”, “respecting teachers and his teaching” and “putting Filial piety as a priority to all other kindness”.