Victorias City execs join Japan cultural exchange

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

VICTORIAS City officials and department heads visited Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan for cultural exchange and partnership last November 22 to 28.

The simultaneous festivals National Herb Summit, Art, and Open Garden are held annually in Nanjo City to welcome tourists of one to 2.5 million a year in Nanjo City alone, and six million in Okinawa.

Now on its 21st year, the National Herb Summit promotes products from herbs ranging from fresh and processed food, beverages, tea, wine, oil, personal care, and other souvenir items. It was hosted by Nanjo City for the first time.

The Art Festival is where Japanese artists’ houses become an art gallery, product display and selling area of art works like pottery, paintings, handcrafted souvenir items, and hand painted cards open for tourists.

The Autumn Open Garden showcased 21 landscapes of greens, flowers and bonsai destinations all over Nanjo City.

During the first day, Victorias City delegation paid a courtesy call on Nanjo City Mayor Keishun Koja. They presented to the mayor a resolution from the Victorias City Council, inviting Nanjo City for a sister city partnership.

The group also toured Nakazen Corp. to witness the processing of Noni Juice and attended the Herb Summit Festival at the Misaki Park Place.

Medical herbs experts and officials, businessmen, and academe representatives also held discussions over dinner meetings after they visited several light decoration stores.

They also went to the Open Garden and Peninsular Art Festival, Direct Sales Depot along Osato Keibin Station, Sashikikishinkai.

Victorias City, Nanjo City, Lequiowings, Consul General of the Philippines, Japanese International Cooperation Agency Okinawa and the Chief Director of Yuinchi also discussed their possible partnership and ideas on developmental projects.
The cities of Victorias and Nanjo and other non-government organizations are expected to tie-up for various development projects to be supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency Okinawa on an initial seven-year implementation. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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