Consulate-General of Japan, Orikasa Hiroyuki expressed admiration for the beauty of the Japanese Garden (Taman Jepun) in Ipoh, the sign of friendship between Ipoh and Fukuoka.
According to him, the establishment of an accord between Ipoh and Fukuoka on 21 March 1989 has generated various two-way activities and programmes between the two countries.
“I express utmost gratitude to the Ipoh City Council (MBI), especially the Mayor who has been taking good care of the garden since its establishment.
“This garden attracted my attention as it features the uniqueness of a Japanese garden via the elements of lake water, hills and the latest Dry Garden of Fukuoka which depicts the signature Fukuoka landscape.
“We will continue this cooperation to maintain the relationship between the two cities,” he told the media after a visit to the Japanese Garden yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said that the sister cities programme, which has been established for 33 years, opens wide opportunities in the sectors of economy, trade, science and technology, sports, health and education.
“Various activities have been carried out such as the Bridge Summer Camp, Bridge Challenge Trip, Sister City Student Exchange Programme and Asian Pacific City Summit (APCS).
“The presence of Orikasa Hiroyuki in the visit to Ipoh shows the close ties between the two cities even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
As a memory of Orikasa Hiroyuki’s visit to the garden located at the D.R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park, he was given the honour to plant two Podocar Pus trees, which were also known as the Japanese Pine, together with the Mayor.