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News Topic : "First Anniversary Ceremony of the Friendship Agreement between Guanajuato and Hiroshima"

A ceremony was held in the City of Guanajuato to commemorate the First Anniversary of the Friendship Agreement between the State of Guanajuato and Hiroshima Prefecture, which was signed in November 2014. Governor Yuzaki and his delegation of nearly 70 people, including Mr. Naomi Hirata (Chairman of the Prefectural Assembly) and members of the Assembly, Mr. Kanai, Chairman of the Board of MAZDA (Chairman of Guanajuato - Hiroshima Friendship Association) and members of the Association, and selected members of Kagura performers(an ancient Japanese traditional theatre), visited Guanajuato from 20th to 23rd of October 2015 to attend the ceremony.

Several other activities were held in Guanajuato in parallel to the Anniversary Ceremony to further strengthen the relationship between the two entities. As the representative office of the State of Guanajuato in Japan, Global Pacífico Consultants performed comprehensive coordination of the Anniversary Ceremony and all other ceremonies and events, both in Guanajuato and Japan.

During the meeting of Governor Miguel Márquez of the State of Guanajuato and Governor Yuzaki, they discussed to further strengthen the relationship between the two entities, not only in terms of economics but also in education, culture and tourism.

“Japan Desk”

The State of Guanajuato introduced the “Japan Desk” as a means to support Japanese businessmen and their families who are coming to live in the State of Guanajuato for work, and to help them blend into local communities. Japanese residents can contact Japan Desk in case of emergency to receive suitable support in Japanese. Japan Desk was officially inaugurated with the attendance of Governor Yuzaki, and has already come into service.

“Display of Hiroshima’s traditional dance and cuisine”

A special delegation for introducing Hiroshima’s traditional dance and cuisine was sent to Guanajuato as a part of cultural exchanges between Guanajuato and Hiroshima.

The delegation consisted of about 30 selected Kagura performers and chefs, who displayed Hiroshima’s traditional dances and dishes at “Festival Internacional Cervantino”. Festival Internacional Cervantino is an annual event that is held in the whole city of Guanajuato, which has 43 years of history and is known as one of the most important festivals of art and culture in Latin America.

Two Kagura dances “Momijigari” and “Yamata no Orochi” were performed at the Teatro Principal in the city of Guanajuato and at the Teatro Bicentenario in the city of Leon. The audiences were fascinated by the performances, which was clearly shown in the huge standing ovation that the performers received.

On the 21st of October the anniversary ceremony of the Friendship Agreement was held by Hiroshima prefecture at Escuela Normal Superior, an educational institute and one of the cultural heritages of the city of Guanajuato. Variety of Hiroshima’s cuisine such as okonomiyaki and Japanese sake were served to the guests. Governor Miguel Márquez and other guests enjoyed the delicious foods and drinks and had friendly conversations with the members of the Hiroshima delegation.

There are many more events to come for further cultural exchanges, such as an exhibition in Hiroshima of famous artists in Guanajuato. We believe that these cultural exchanges are essential for the mutual understanding between Guanajuato and Hiroshima, and we will support the activities through planning and coordination.

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