Japan-Philippines Cultural-Exchange Information Network

Invitation to
Japan-Philippines Cultural-Exchange Information Network

Seasonal greetings,

This is an invitation to all of you who are interested in, or even with devotion to, cultures, traditional handicrafts, performing and general arts of Japan and the Philippines, and who belong to various fellowships and join events related to them.

We are glad to announce that the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL), based in Baguio City, was inaugurated with 21 members in August 26th this year.

As one of the projects of this new Japanese fellowship, we would like to build up an e-mail network called “Japan-Philippines Cultural-Exchange Information Network” (nicknamed Ajisai) in order to support and promote cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines, in northern Luzon, particularly in Baguio City.

We would thus like to call for participation in this e-mail network, leading people who contribute to cultural exchange and friendship programs between the two countries, in universities, high schools, language schools, various organizations, mass media, etc. in northern Luzon, and individuals interested in Japanese culture, performing and general arts, and so forth.

We expect the members of this e-mail network Ajisai to freely provide information through it on events to promote communication between Japan and the Philippines which are planned by represented bodies so that other interested members may pass it to wider circulation of information. We also expect that each event will gather wider interests and will result in promoting more active fellowship between concerned Japanese and Filipinos in this area.

Behind giving this network a nickname Ajisai are several thoughts and reasons as follow:

- Ajisai is a flower which originally comes from Japan. Its botanical name
  is “hydrangea.” A 19th-century German medical doctor and naturalist,
  Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866), who served in Japan, named it
  otakusa after a Japanese woman called Otaki (otakusa < Otaki +
  kusa ‘plant, weed’).
- Ajisai, blooming in a large flower-complex, consists of countless small
  flowers with subtly different colors, which reflexes how we as JANL
  would like to appear.
- Ajisai is a very popular flower among ordinary people, and a lot of them
  can be seen in Baguio as well.
- Ajisai denotes “patient love” or “healthy woman” in the language of
  flowers in France.

We would like you to understand the aims of this information network and to join it together with as many concerned people around you as possible.

If you are interested in joining the network, please relate your name, the name of your organization (if applicable), your contact information and e-mail address to janl-baguio@mbe.nifty.com (Japanese Association of Northern Luzon).

For more detail information, kindly inquire the following.

Sincerely yours,

Japanese Association of Northern Luzon (JANL)

by janlbaguio | 2007-11-09 04:53 | AJISAI 文化交流 network
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