“Heisei Delegation to China” of Confucius Institute at Hokuriku University of Japan Visits Confucius Institute Headquarters

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-08-27 09:18:28 

On the morning of August 22, a cultural exchange group “Heisei Delegation to China” consisting of 100 college students and organized by the Confucius Institute at Hokuriku University of Japan visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Group photo

Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended and addressed the welcoming ceremony. He expressed that, in 2019, Japan entered the era of “Reiwa” and China embraced its 70th anniversary. President Xi Jinping held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during 2019 G20 Osaka Summit at the end of June, where the two heads of state reached broad consensuses on jointly building China-Japan relations in accordance with needs of new era. The visit of “Heisei Delegation to China” at such a special moment takes onfar-reaching significance. It is hoped that delegation members will learn more about history of China-Japan exchanges, experience Chinese culture, make friends with Chinese people, enhance mutual understanding and promote China-Japan friendship.

Yu Yunfeng delivering a speech

Tsutomu Ogura, Chairman and President of Hokuriku University expressed gratitude in his speech to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and friendly schools for their continued and great support. He said that “growth” is an important educational goal for students of Hokuriku University. Besides acquiring knowledge and capabilities, more importantly, the so-called “growth” refers to learn to be grateful. He hoped that the delegation members would experience China with a grateful heart during their visit to China and make contributions to China-Japan friendship.

Tsutomu Ogura delivering a speech

Chen Fachun, President of Tianjin Foreign Studies University, and Zhang Baojun, Vice President of Beijing Language and Culture University, extended welcome on behalf of Chinese organizing units to the delegation. They hoped the delegation members would achieve fruitful results through this visit.

Later, a representative of the delegation delivered a thank-you speech in Chinese. All delegation members sang the Chinese song “Manual of Youth” and took a group photo. The welcoming ceremony ended in happy laughter and cheerful voices.

Delegation representative delivering a speech

Students who participated in this activity all noted that, during their stay in China, they acquired Chinese language knowledge and experienced Chinese culture. They were deeply shocked by China’s rapid development and felt warm to Chinese friends’ enthusiasm. This visit to China will become a precious memory for their whole life.

Students visiting book exhibition

Students visiting book exhibition

Student visiting cultural experience center

Initiated in 1994, Project of “Heisei Delegation to China” aims at helping Japanese youth learn about a real China, having become an important brand project for friendly exchanges between Chinese and Japanese young people, with an accumulative number of over 1,700 participants. This year, five delegations will visit Beijing, Tianjin and other cities and exchange views with Chinese college teachers and students on language, culture, medicine, health care, sports (ping pong and basketball), university management and other fields.