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KYOCERA Hosts 14th Cultural Exchange Tour for Chinese Children
Elementary & junior high school students spend nine days in Japan engaging in international exchange
Students from China (right) learning about sumo wrestling
with Japanese students (left)
The program aims to provide impressionable children with big dreams firsthand experience of different cultures so that they can in turn act as a bridge for China-Japan relations in the future. This is the 14th time the tour has been hosted, with a total of 394 children having taken part in the program since it was started in 1997. This year, 30 elementary and middle school students from Shanghai participated in the tour.
This year’s tour included visits to Tokyo, Yamanashi, Shiga and Kyoto with a variety of programs to experience the culture and life in Japan. During the Tokyo and Yamanashi legs of the tour the children experienced a mix of both traditional culture and cutting-edge technology by visiting places such as Tokyo’s Asakusa district and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The children also took in some sightseeing with a visit to the Mt. Fuji ― which was recently registered on the World Heritage List. During the Shiga and Kyoto legs, the children visited Kyocera's Shiga Yohkaichi Plant to learn about environmental activities at a Japanese manufacturing plant, and also visited traditional Japanese sites such as Hikone Castle and the Golden Pavilion “Kinkakuji.” The children were also provided plenty of opportunities to experience Japanese life, where they participated in cultural exchange at a middle school, did a three-day home stay with Kyocera employees, and enjoyed a summer festival held annually by Kyocera.
Visiting Chinese students and teachers, Kyocera management, and other related officials pose for a group photo at Kyocera headquarters in Kyoto
Background and Purpose of the Program
The program was organized based on the experiences of Kazuo Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corporation, as he was deeply moved by cultural interaction during his first visit to the United States for a business trip. In 1976, Kyocera began inviting Japanese children on foreign tours, reflecting Inamori’s hope that providing children with opportunities to interact directly with foreign cultures will help them to develop broad perspectives and hold various dreams. Since 1997, Kyocera began inviting Chinese children to Japan for school visits and home stays, in which they can interact with young people and experience Japanese culture. Kyocera hopes that through this tour, the Chinese students will be able to expand their perspectives for their further development, and to contribute to the advancement of China-Japan relations.