Cultural Exchange Programme

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University of Commerce in Hokkaido Japan, Japan International Cooperation CenterEleven students of Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido, Japan, visited Ipoh for the cultural exchange programme organized by Japan International Cooperation Center, Tokyo recently.

They arrived at Perak Malaysian-Japanese Friendship Society (PMJFS) in Ipoh in the evening and met 11 host families who volunteered to take them for two nights. After a sumptuous dinner, the delegation demonstrated Yosakoi-Soranbushi dance which is one of the typical folk songs sung by fishermen in Japan. Then, the PMJFS students who were trained in the same dance in the past months, also demonstrated. Both groups of students, after having practised intensively together for two nights, then danced on stage at Penang Bon Odori Festival on July 21.

While in Ipoh, the delegation visited SMK Raja Chulan in the morning and introduced their school activities to each other and then demonstrated dances. The Raja Chulan counterparts also demonstrated their Yosakoi dande, Kompang Formasi, and showed how to play the Malay traditional game, Congkak. It was quite an exciting and well-planned exchange programme.

In the same afternoon, they visited Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Factory in Chemor. Mr K. Suzuki, the MD, explained about its history and business in the past 21 years and took them around the factory. The visit turned out to be very meaningful and inspiring for all the students.

After Bon Odori Festival in Penang, they left for Japan on July 22 with lots of fond memories of Malaysia.

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