2016

11 - 13 January 2016 - Frankfurt’s Mayor Mr. Peter Feldmann visits Yokohama

From January 11 till 13, 2016, the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt, Mr. Peter Feldmann, visited Yokohama for the first time. Mayor Feldmann was accompanied by Mr. Stephan Siegler, chairman of Frankfurt's City Parliament, Vice Mayor Mr. Markus Frank, and representatives from the areas of economy, culture, tourism and education. Frankfurt and Yokohama celebrate the fifth anniversary of their city partnership this year.

On Monday, January 11, the delegation was welcomed with a reception held by the Japanese-German Association of Yokohama and the Yokohama-Frankfurt Friendship Committee. Yokohama city councilors and former participants in citizen exchange trips were also in attendance.

 Fotos:
The Frankfurt delegation in Yokohama;
Reception of the Japanese-German Association Yokohama
and Yokohama-Frankfurt Friendship Committee
© Vincenzo Mancuso

On January 12, Mayor Feldmann spoke to the City Council of Yokohama.

In a personal meeting with Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, both mayors once more recognized the points Frankfurt and Yokohama have in common. Both cities are growing fast, and are magnets for companies and new inhabitants. Both cities are facing challenges in the fields of child care, infrastructure, and demographic change.

During a visit to Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, the delegation got to experience Japanese food culture.
 
Fotos:
Mayor Feldmann speaking to the
members of Yokohama City Council;
Mayor Feldmann and Mayor Hayashi;
The delegation at Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
© The City of Yokohama

On January 13, Mayor Peter Feldmann, the president of Frankfurt’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prof. Dr. Mathias Müller, and the president of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH Marketing of the Region Mr. Eric Menges introduced the business location Frankfurt to Japanese companies. One example of a company that is enjoying success in both Frankfurt and Yokohama is Continental. Mr. Christoph Hagedorn, president of Continental Automotive Japan, spoke about manufacturing in the region and about the latest trends in the field, e.g. smart driving systems.

Another field the Frankfurt delegation was interested in was education. The delegation from Frankfurt visited Minato Sohgoh High School and Yokohama City University. Frankfurts’s Schule am Ried, a comprehensive middle and high school whose headmaster Mr. Christof Gans was part of the delegation, is planning a students’ exchange with Minato Sohgoh High School. Yokohama City University also hopes to start an exchange with universities in Frankfurt.

Foto:
Business seminar
© The City of Yokohama

22 March 2016 - Newsletter March 2016 edition
Our May 2016 newsletter is now online. (PDF 3.2 MB)

2 - 5 May 2016 - ADB Annual Meeting and Visit of Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to Frankfurt

From 2 till 5 May 2016, the 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Frankfurt, with the motto "Cooperating for Sustainability". As Yokohama will host the next Annual Meeting in May 2017, a delegation visited Frankfurt to attend the conference and promote Yokohama.

Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, who headed the delegation, participated as a panelist in the seminar "Toward Cities of the Future – Delivered, Driven or Demanded?", and spoke about measures Yokohama is taking towards greater environmental and social sustainability.

Yokohama set up a promotional booth at the conference site for the duration of the Annual Meeting and presented itself and Japan with various cultural activities, such as contemporary Japanese music on traditional instruments by AUNJ Classic Orchestra, calligraphy workshops, and tea ceremony.

 

AUNJ Classic Orchestra also played at two schools in Frankfurt, providing an opportunity for students to experience classical Japanese instruments up close.

Mayor Hayashi and the President of the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Takehiko Nakao, updated the agreement between ADB and Yokohama in order to strengthen their cooperative relationship with a view to the upcoming 50th Annual Meeting in Yokohama in 2017.

With the "Future Annual Meeting Host Country Event" on the closing day of the ADB Annual Meeting, the baton was passed on to Yokohama by State Secretary Hans-Joachim Fuchtel of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Mayor Fumiko Hayashi also used the opportunity to meet with her counterpart Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann and strengthen the partner city ties with Frankfurt. Mayor Feldmann welcomed Mayor Hayashi in the historical Emperor’s Hall in Römer City Hall.

On this occasion, representatives of Yokohama City University and the Goethe University of Frankfurt presented the freshly signed university partnership document.

For this visit, the focus of the exchange with Frankfurt was on demographic change and aging society. The mayors of Yokohama and Frankfurt discussed their respective experiences and challenges at a round-table discussion together with experts from administration and science.

Mayor Hayashi and the delegation also visited an innovative living facility – the "Lebenshaus St. Leonhard" of Caritas. The facility combines rental apartments with a care-home for the elderly and a kindergarten. Inhabitants and users of all ages interact on a daily basis and engage in activities together.

 

15 May 2016 – Fumika Mohri, violinist from Yokohama
Ms. Fumika Mohri is a young violinist from Yokohama, who won the "Yokohama Culture Prize - Culture, Art Prize for Encouragement" last year. This year, she is studying at Kronberg Academy near Yokohama’s partner city Frankfurt, to further hone her violin skills. The exam recital was held at Kronberg City Hall, and Chief Representative Takashi Yanagisawa went to listen and support. Fumika Mohri performed two pieces, a sonata for violin solo by Eugène Ysaÿe, and a sonata for violin and piano by César Franck. Her emotive play was greatly appreciated by the large audience.

Fumika Mohri is originally from Konan-ku in Yokohama and has won national and international recognition for her performance. In 2012, during her last year of high school, she won the Violin Competition of "Seoul International Music Competition” as the youngest winner ever. Last year, she scored second place in the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, held in Genoa, Italy, and sixth place in the violin competition of "Queen Elisabeth Competition" held in Brussels, Belgium. This July, Fumika Mohri will play at Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. More information can be found here.

21 May 2016 – Japan Day in Düsseldorf

On Saturday 21 May 2016, the largest Japanese culture event in Germany, the Japan Day, took place in Düsseldorf. As one of the exhibitors at the Japan Tourism Information booth, the Representative Office promoted Yokohama and Japan, together with the Japanese Consulate General Düsseldorf, JNTO, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, and JR East Paris Office. About 750,000 visitors attended the event in sunny weather, and the information booth was constantly filled with people.  

 

24 – 29 May 2016 – Nippon Connection - Japanese Film Festival

From 24th until 29th May, the 16th Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival took place in Frankfurt. Over 100 long and short films from Japan were shown, accompanied by a varied cultural program, and over 60 guests from Japan attended. Among the guests were also two filmmakers from Yokohama – Mr. Hiromitsu Murakami, Assistant Professor at the

Among the guests were also two filmmakers from Yokohama – Mr. Hiromitsu Murakami, Assistant Professor at the Department of Animation of the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School for Film and New Media, which is located in Yokohama, and Mr. Takashi Makino, experimental filmmaker at Plus Screening Project Japan.

 

The city of Frankfurt kindly invited the filmmakers from Yokohama and their Nippon Connection hosts to a small reception at the Römer City Hall.

At the film festival, Mr. Murakami showed works of the students of the animation program of Tokyo University of the Art Graduate School for Film and New Media, and Mr. Makino showed his own work and also held a workshop for children.

As a cultural contribution, the Representative Office hosted a kimono workshop, where the participants could learn more about kimono and got to try on yukata.

Fotos:

Filmmaker Takashi Makino and Jazz Musician Hilary Jeffery with the Representative Office team;
Nippon Connection Festival leader Marion Klomfass and Professor Hiromitsu Murakami with the Representative Office team;
Kimonoworkshop

   

 

 

12 June 2016 – Introduction of Yokohama at WieMaiKai convention

WieMaiKai is an association of people interested in Japanese popular culture fields of anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comics) in the RheinMain region. The association organizes regular conventions where fans of anime, manga, cosplay and the associated pop culture meet. The Representative Office promoted Yokohama at this year's convention with an information booth and a kimono presentation.
   

   

7 July 2016 - Newsletter July 2016 edition
Our July 2016 newsletter is now online. (PDF 3.7 MB)

7 October 2016 – Exhibition "Yokohama 1868-1912: When Pictures Learned to Shine" at Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst shows a comprehensive exhibition about early photography in Yokohama and the changes associated with Japan’ modernisation. Yokohama was the first Japanese city to open itself towards the West, and the first photo studios were opened there in 1860, only one year after the opening of the harbor. The exhibition juxtaposes early photographs with late ukiyo-e woodcut prints to illustrate the radical changes Japan underwent around the turn of the century.

Dates: 8 October 2016 – 29 January 2017 (extended till May 2017)

Fotos:
Kusakabe Kinbei, Tattoo;

Actors in Front of Kabuki Theatre Shintomiza, in Edo/Tokyo
© Museum Angewandte Kunst

 

11 November 2016 - Newsletter November 2016 edition
Our November 2016 newsletter is now online. (PDF 5.3 MB)

2015

23 February 2015
Our February 2015 newsletter is now online. (PDF 2.5 MB)

19 - 30 March 2015

Within the framework of a new program to send young citizens of Yokohama abroad to get to know Yokohama's partner cities, two young women visited Frankfurt. They were welcomed on March 19 at Römer City Hall by the Office of International Affairs of the City of Frankfurt and heard a lecture on Frankfurt's environmental policy.

On March 20, two high school students, Ms. Tomoka Fujii and Ms. Kana Hirayama, were received in the Japanese Consulate General in Frankfurt by Consul General Hideyuki Sakamoto. The Consul General welcomed them and encouraged them to be open to German culture and to communicate with the people.

During their stay in Frankfurt, the two recent high school graduates lived with host families. They participated in classes at Goethe Gymnasium (high school) and visited German Bundesliga 1st league football team Eintracht Frankfurt to learn about sports. The also spent an afternoon at the apple tree plantations on Lohrberg, learning further about the natural environment and typical regional agriculture of Frankfurt and its surroundings. Lohrberg is the place where the citizens' partner city friendship associations and companies from both Frankfurt and Yokohama jointly planted apple trees in 2013.

The visit is coordinated by the citizens' exchange associations of both cities - the Frankfurt-Yokohama Citizens Network in Frankfurt and Yokohama Frankfurt Friendship Committee in Yokohama.

28 May 2015
Our May 2015 newsletter is now online. (PDF 2.5 MB)

30 May 2015 - Japan Day in Düsseldorf

The 14th Japan Day was held in Düsseldorf on May 30th. Together with the Consulate General of Japan in DüsseldorfJNTO Frankfurt Office, and JR East Paris Office, the City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office promoted Japan as a tourism destination. Visitors showed a lively interest in Yokohama.

02 - 07 June 2015 - Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival

"Nippon Connection", the largest Japanese film festival outside Japan, took place for the 15th time from June 2nd until 7th. Several filmmakers from Yokohama came to Frankfurt to present their work: director Kohei Igarashi and producer Makoto Oki showed their live action film "Hold Your Breath Like a Lover", director Shunpei Shimizu presented his debut film "KIM". Both directors studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media, which is located in Yokohama.

The graduate school has various departments, and Yuichi Ito, a professor at the Animation Department, presented the works of his students.

Yuichi Ito is not only teaching but one of Japan's most renowned animators. His works, mostly short films combining puppet animation with other techniques, have been shown by major Japanese TV stations and in cinemas for over 20 years, and have won awards at film festivals all over the world. Yuichi Ito's latest work, the animated short film "Harbor Tale" is a heartwarming story about a little brick from Yokohama and was screened at Nippon Connection.
In addition, Yuichi Ito talked about his work and gave two workshops for children and adults, where the participants could create their own short animation.

The visit of the filmmakers from Yokohama to Frankfurt was made possible with support from JFE Engineering Europe GmbH and Restaurant MUKU.
The filmmakers were welcomed by the city of Frankfurt at the historical Emperors' Hall in the city hall.

Foto:

Yuichi Ito leading the animation workshop for children with Mayor Peter Feldmann and the character from "Harbor Tale"

Yuichi Ito and Peter Feldmann

19 July 2015 - Japanfest Munich

By invitation from the Japanese Consulate General Munich, our office introduced the Yokohama as a touristic destination at the annual Japanfest in Munich.

2 - 5 September 2015 - Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of sister city relations between Yokohama and Odessa

Odessa, a beautiful port city by the Black Sea, and Yokohama celebrate this year the 50th anniversary of their sister city relations. This occasion was celebrated in Odessa with festive ceremonies. Mr. Makoto Sekiyama, Director General of the Bureau of International Relations of the City of Yokohama, came all the way from Japan to attend the celebrations on September 2nd. Yokohama gave Odessa 25 rose bushes as a present; roses being the symbol flower of Yokohama. The rose bushes were planted with a special ceremony in Lunniy Park, very close to the harbor.

Foto:

from left: Mr. Sumi (Ambassador of Japan to
Ukraine), Mr. Trukhanov (Mayor of Odessa),
Mr. Sekiyama (Director General of the Bureau
of International Relations of Yokohama)

 

The anniversary of the city partnership coincided with the "Japanese Culture Festival" which is held every five years in Odessa. The citizens of Odessa could learn the Japanese language, there was a judo tournament for older children and teens, and a quiz about Japan for children. It was a good occasion for Odessites to learn more about their partner city.

Foto:

Quiz for children in Odessa zoo

11 September 2015 - Order of the Rising Sun for Mr. Volker Gempt

Mr. Volker Gempt, immediate past president of the German-Japanese Association Frankfurt, was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun for his efforts and achievements for the exchange between Germany and Japan. Mr. Gempt has especially fostered the exchange between the partner cities Frankfurt and Yokohama, entering into a partnership with the Japanese-German Association Yokohama, and promoting students' and cultural exchange. Yokohama’s mayor Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, who has met Mr. Gempt on several occasions, sent a congratulatory letter.
The Order of the Rising Sun was conferred to Mr. Gempt by the Japanese consul general in Frankfurt, Mr. Kamiyama. At the ceremony, Chief Representative Yanagisawa read and presented the letter from Mayor Hayashi.

12 - 13 September 2015

On 12 and 13 September 2015, the ninth taiko workshop with the renowned taiko teacher Mr. Katsuji Kondo took place in Frankfurt. Katsuji Kondo normally teaches at the taiko school "Hibikus" in Yokohama, and visits Germany for a workshop every year. Participants came from all over Germany and Switzerland to continue work on the piece "Kizuna". Mr. Johannes Ruppel of Kurinoki Wadaiko Frankfurt, who organized and hosted the workshop, is glad about the cultural bridge he has been able to build together with Mr. Kondo. He is looking forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of this performing art in 2016, together with the 5th anniversary of the city partnership between Frankfurt and Yokohama.

28 September 2015
Our September 2015 newsletter is now online. (PDF 3.1 MB)

21 October 2015 - Company from Yokohama exhibiting at "formnext" trade fair in Frankfurt

CMET Inc. is a company headquartered in Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-Ku, Yokohama. This company's stereolithography technology leads the way to cutting edge modeling. We are pleased to inform you they will participate in the "formnext" International exhibition and conference on additive technologies and tool making, from on November 17th to 20th at Messe Frankfurt. CMET Inc.'s booth will be located at Hall 3, 1-F81. Please drop in at their booth when you go to the exhibition.

21 October 2015 - Book Presentation

The Werner Reimers Foundation, named after its founder who was a historical personage connecting Yokohama and Frankfurt, recently published a book about the life and work of Werner Reimers. The book "Wegmarken" (waymarks) is made up of letters and documents describing Reimers' life and contains beautiful photographs of his collection of Japanese art, most of which is on loan to the Museum Angewandte Kunst(Museum of Applied Arts) in Frankfurt.  The book presentation was held on 21 October at Historische Villa Metzler, right next to Museum Angewandte Kunst, with speeches and presentations by scholars and representatives from Werner Reimers Foundation, the DJW and Museum Angewandte Kunst.

The German entrepreneur Werner Reimers was born in 1888 in Yokohama as the son of a trader from Hamburg. After getting his education in Europe, he spent ten years, from 1912 until 1922, in Yokohama. During the First World War, Reimers was not allowed to work, which gave him time to extensively devote himself to the study of East Asian art and philosophy. Already in his early twenties, Reimers decided to contribute the revenues from his business to art and science. In 1928 he founded a company in Bad Homburg, and after the Second World War, his business was very successful. Over the course of his life, he decided to start a foundation with the purpose of bringing research about West and East together. Reimers founded the foundation in 1963, on his 75th birthday.

7 December 2015 - Reception on the Occasion of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor

At the reception on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor, held by the Japanese Consulate General in Frankfurt, we had the opportunity to present Yokohama as a travel destination and business location, together with the Frankfurt Representative Office of Japan National Tourism Organization. About 450 people attended the reception, one of the biggest Japanese-German events of the year.

2014

4 January 2014
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers, published a long article about Yokohama's leading role in improving childcare in Japan. Mayor Fumiko Hayashi succeeded in reducing the number of children waitlisted for a kindergarten place from over 1500 to zero in only three years. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commended Hayashi for her efforts and success and sets Yokohama as a role model for the country.
You can read a copy of the article here (in German, PDF 2.4 MB).

7 April 2014

The mayor of Yokohama, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, visited Frankfurt. She met with the mayor of Frankfurt, Mr. Peter Feldmann, and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Frankfurt's ABG Holding, Frankfurts housing and real estate company and the German and European leader in the implementing the passive house standard, and Toshiba, one of the leading partners in the Yokohama Smart City Project.

At a roundtable meeting, Mayor Hayashi and Frankfurt's vice mayor Mr. Jan Schneider discussed with German and Japanese companies how the economic relations between the two partner cities can be intensified.
Mayor Hayashi further exchanged views with members of Frankfurt city and Hessen state parliaments, as well as Frankfurt citizens involved in the cultural exchange between Frankfurt and Yokohama.

Press article by Frankfurter Neue Presse here (in German, PDF 1.4 MB).
You can see more photos on our Facebook page.
Further press articles in German here (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, PDF 0.4 MB) and here.

24 April 2014

Our partner city Frankfurt am Main organized a Citizens' Trip to Yokohama for the first time. Eleven citizens and one staff member from Frankfurt's International Affairs Office visited Yokohama, got to know the sights of our city and exchanged with Yokohama's citizens. Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, who visited Frankfurt recently, welcomed the group at the City Hall.

25 April 2014

The new website Excellent Companies in Yokohama was unveiled today. It presents Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ("SMEs") in Yokohama to people outside Japan, showing how products and technologies from Yokohama's SMEs can solve problems for businesses overseas. The companies listed in this directory have characteristic products and solid expertise in their respective fields. We hope this business directory will serve as a bridge between excellent companies in Yokohama and customers outside Japan.

16 May 2014 - 5 July 2014
The artist Michiko Nakatani, who is active in Yokohama (Yokohama Museum of Art and Bank Art, among others), is doing a solo exhibition at Galerie Rothamel in our partner city Frankfurt.

 27 May 2014 - 1 June 2014

Nippon Connection, the biggest Japanese film festival outside of Japan, will be held from 27 May until 1 June this year. The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office cooperates with Nippon Connection on numerous events - several films and a Kimono workshop.

Films:
Yokohama Story
Tokyo University of the Arts: Animation
Koji Yamamura Retrospective
Beautiful New Bay Area Project / Kanagawa University of Fine Arts, Office of Film Research
Tokyo University of the Arts: Friendship

Cultural program:
Kimono workshop

30 May 2014

The Japanese film festival Nippon Connection, which is being held for the 14th time in Frankfurt, picks up on the city partnership between Frankfurt and Yokohama again this year and is showing films related to Yokohama. These screenings and the visits of Yokohama filmmakers to Nippon Connection were made possible with the cooperation of JFE Engineering Europe GmbH and the Office of International Affairs of the City of Frankfurt.
The first film to be shown was Yokohama Story.

In the second screening, renowned filmmaker Koji Yamamura (left), who is also working as a professor at the Animation Department of the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media, presented the works of his students.
Nippon Connection will also show a retrospective of Yamamura's works today.

This year, too, the Representative Office held a workshop on kimono. Ms. Maria Deutsch, in charge of City Promotion at the Representative Office, introduced participants to Japan's traditional clothes. All the participants got to try on yukata (Japanese traditional summer clothes).

25 June 2014

Frankfurt's ramen restaurant MUKU is the second foreign ramen restaurant to exhibit at the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum. Ramen have become very popular in Europe, and in the past, staff from the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum visited ramen restaurants in several European cities. MUKU was founded in 2010 in Frankfurt by Mr. Shinichi Yamamoto. Mr. Yamamoto prepares his ramen noodles and soup stock entirely from local European ingredients. His restaurant is popular with local Frankfurters as well as with Japanese expatriates. The collaboration between Shinyokohama Ramen Museum and MUKU is a new step in the city partnership between Yokohama and Frankfurt, demonstrating a strong economic and cultural exchange.

Press release (German, PDF 0.2 MB)
Press release by the City of Yokohama (Japanese, PDF 0.3 MB)
Press release by Shinyokohama Raumen Museum (Japanese)

14 August 2014
We are happy to announce that our website is now available in three languages: English, German and Japanese.

19 September 2014

Anest Iwata Corporation, a company from Yokohama that specializes in the development and production of spray guns and compressors, acquired shares of Babatz Kompressoren GmbH, based in Bad Wimpfen. Anest Iwata has a history of 90 years, and today 1,300 employees at 55 sites worldwide. The new affiliation, Anest Iwata Babatz GmbH, is in the field of compressor production and enables Anest Iwata to produce compressors Made in Germany for its European customers.

20 and 21 November 2014

This year marks the 55th anniversary of sister cities relations between Lyon and Yokohama. Lyon's Mayor Mr. Gerard Collomb welcomed a large delegation from Yokohama, which included the Chairperson of Yokohama City Council Mr. Hirofumi Sato and Deputy Mayor Mr. Makoto Kashiwazaki, as well as citizens, business representatives, and professors from Yokohama City University and several vocational schools, for a celebratory luncheon at Lyon City Hall on November 20th.

Photos:
From left to right: Mr. Makoto Kashiwazaki (Deputy Mayor of Yokohama), head chef, Mr. Gerard Collomb (Mayor of Lyon and President of Grand Lyon), Mr. Hirofumi Sato (Chairperson of Yokohama City Council), Ms. Karine Dognin-Sauze (Vice President of Grand Lyon)

 Lyon's Mayor Gerard Collomb and a kimono model.

Professors from Yokohama f College, a vocational school for fashion stylists and beauty professionals, presented a kimono fashion show, where students from Lyon Jean Moulin University's Department of Japanese language modeled precious furisode kimonos. Yokohama and Lyon have a common history as centers of the silk industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the show illustrated the connection between both cities through traditional and modern fashion culture.

Another cultural group from Yokohama, Kishine Hayashi, put on a lively performance with traditional Japanese flutes and drums. Kishine Hayashi performed not only at the luncheon but also did a public performance at the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts.
During their visit, the high-level guests from Yokohama were invited by Lyon to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau wine and to learn more about the modern French silk industry at the Silk Market held in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon.

On November 21st, a business seminar organized by Yokohama was held at Lyon City Hall. Ms. Karine Dognin-Sauze, vice president of Grand Lyon, Mr. André Claude Canova of CCI Lyon, the Japanese consul Mr. Ryuichiro Kobayashi and Mr. Hirofumi Sato, chairperson of Yokohama City Council, welcomed the guests. Mr. Akio Ikemori, Director General of JETRO Paris, spoke about opportunities for foreign direct investment in Japan and the state of the Japanese market. Deputy Mayor of Yokohama Mr. Makoto Kashiwazaki presented Yokohama's advantages as a business location. Other speakers included Mr. Pierre-Louis Philippe, director general of ERAI Japan, and Mr. Lionel Vincent, managing partner at an internationally active French law firm and board member of the French chamber of commerce and industry in Japan. The seminar was attended by about 70 people.

2013

6 March 2013

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their visit to Europe last November. The team from Shinyokohama Raumen Museum researched and filmed a documentary about ramen in France and Germany. The Representative Office supported the team with coordination, interpreting and general assistance.

25 March 2013

At the 5 Plus City Forum in Paris, Naoki Mimuro, Chief Representative of The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office, participated as a panelist in the first session and spoke about G30, Future City Initiative and Yokohama Smart City Project.

Photo © Prof. Carlos Moreno

15 April 2013

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their visit to Europe last November (see below). The first part of the documentary, filmed in Paris, France, is now online.

4 – 9 June 2013 - Cooperation between Yokohama's Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Frankfurt's Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese film festival "Nippon Connection", which is being held for the 13th time in Frankfurt, picks up on the city partnership between Frankfurt and Yokohama, and will show films related to Yokohama on three special evenings. A new cooperation between Nippon Connection and Yokohama's Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, which was arranged by the City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office, made it possible to invite two directors and one professor of film studies to come to Frankfurt.

The first Yokohama-related film to be shown is "Utopia Sounds" by director Akihiro Mima, graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School for Film and New Media, which is located in Yokohama. This cooperation has been going on for a few years. The director will be present.

The second special evening is dedicated to short films, in cooperation with Yokohama's famous Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Six short films will be shown, among them award-winning ones. Director Ben Suzuki, whose award-winning film "A Day in the Life of Beijing Hutong" will be shown, will be present and give remarks.

Finally, a third special evening will focus on animation films. Professor Akiko Okamoto, head of the Animation section at the Graduate School for Film and New Media, will give a talk and introduce animated films.
The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office also supports the cultural programme of Nippon Connection. Ms. Maria Deutsch, in charge of City Promotion at the Representative Office, will hold a workshop about kimono and yukata.
Press release (German)

27 May 2013 - Shinyokohama Raumen Museum documentary on Germany pt. 1

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their visit to Europe last November. The second part of the documentary, filmed in Berlin, Germany, is now online.

31 May 2013 - Business matching opportunities at BioJapan 2013 for European biotech companies

BioJapan, taking place from 9 to 11 October 2013 at Pacifico Yokohama, is the biggest trade fair in Japan for all things related to biotechnology. To European companies attending BioJapan, we offer support in business matching, in order to help you get most out of your meetings with potential business partners.
For more information, please read the Introduction to the BioJapan Matching System and contact us.

4 - 9 June 2013 - Cooperation between Yokohama's Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Frankfurt's Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese film festival Nippon Connection, which was held for the 13th time in Frankfurt, picked up on the city partnership between Frankfurt and Yokohama, and showed films related to Yokohama on three special evenings.

The City of Frankfurt invited the guests from Yokohama for a small reception.

Professor Mitsuko Okamoto from the Tokyo University of Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media introduced a number of animated short films made by her students. The films were very well received by the audience.

The Representative Office had an information booth, which was well frequented.

 

During a special screening dedicated to short films, six short films, including award-winning ones, were shown in cooperation with Yokohama's famous Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. The president of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Mr. Tetsuya Bessho, could not be present at Nippon Connection, but greeted the audience with a video message.

Short film director Ben Suzuki, whose award-winning work "A Day in the Life of Beijing Hutong" was be shown, answered questions from the audience about his film.

On the last day of the festival, the Representative Office offered a kimono workshop in order to promote the Japanese culture. The workshop was sold out, and most of the participants got to try on yukata (Japan's traditional summer clothes).
(All photos © Naoki Mimuro, The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office)

14 June 2013 - Shinyokohama Raumen Museum documentary on Germany pt. 2

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their visit to Europe last November. The second part of the documentary, filmed in Düsseldorf, Germany, is now online.

19 - 21 June 2013 - Yokohama attends UN High Level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport and wins "Global Green City Award"

The Berlin High Level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport took place in Berlin, Germany, from 19 until 21 June 2013. Jointly organized by the Centre for Innovation in Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) GmbH, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Global Forum on Human SettlementsInternational Cities for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the German Federal Environment Agency and other organizations, the conference brought together participants from all over the world to share best practices and exchange ideas.

Chief Representative Naoki Mimuro gave two presentations about electromobility in Yokohama and about the grand scale of Yokohama's policies for sustainable development.

 

Yokohama was awarded the Global Green City Award for its outstanding efforts to create a sustainable, green and livable city together with its citizens. Unfortunately Mayor Fumiko Hayashi was unable to attend, therefore Chief Representative Naoki Mimuro accepted the award on her behalf. We are very proud of this recognition of our efforts, and will continue to strive towards a sustainable city for our current and future citizens. (All photos © The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office)

18 July 2013

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their visit to Europe last November. The third part of the documentary, filmed in Frankfurt, is now online.

1 September 2013

The Shinyokohama Raumen Museum published a new episode of their documentary about Japanese ramen in Europe. This time the team explored the ramen scene in London, UK.

9 November 2013

When Yokohama and Frankfurt signed a partnership agreement in 2011, citizens of both cities founded citizen exchange groups, the Yokohama Frankfurt Friendship Committee in Yokohama, and the Frankfurt-Yokohama Citizens Network in Frankfurt. At the initiative of these two groups, an apple tree planting project was launched, to promote the friendship between the citizens of Yokohama and Frankfurt while contributing to the protection of the natural environment.

 

A total of 16 trees were planted on 9 November 2013 in Frankfurt, with the contribution of both city councils, city governments and companies from Yokohama and Frankfurt such as JFE Engineering, a Yokohama company whose Europe headquarters are located in Frankfurt, and Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, a Frankfurt company whose Japanese headquarters have been in Yokohama for many years.

Press article by Frankfurter Neue Presse (in German): here.

24 October 2013

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their second visit to Europe this July. The first part of the Brussels (Belgium) documentary is now online.

12 December 2013

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative office supported the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, a unique theme park dedicated to Japanese "ramen" noodles, on their second visit to Europe this July. The second part of the Brussels (Belgium) documentary is now online.

2012

21 January 2012

ANA opened a new direct connection between Frankfurt and Haneda. This shortens travel time to Yokohama significantly. In a partnership with Yokohama, ANA promotes our beautiful city to travelers in their airplanes and on the ground.
We look forward to welcoming many more travelers from Europe!

9 March 2012

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Japanese consulate general in Frankfurt organized a reception to thank the Rhein-Main region for its strong support. The City of Yokohama thanks the City of Frankfurt and its citizens, who through a large donation enabled the reconstruction of a facility for the disabled in Sendai.

This is once more evidence for the strong ties between Frankfurt and Yokohama.

14 April 2012

Chief Representative Naoki Mimuro was one of the speakers at the Luminale Pecha Kucha Night at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. He presented Smart-Illumination Yokohama, an illumination event similar to Frankfurt's Luminale. The next Smart-Illumination Yokohama will take place in October 2012.

6 May 2012

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office was happy contributed to the Nippon Connection Film Festival again this year. In a special effort, City Promotion Officer Ms. Maria Deutsch held a workshop about kimono, the traditional Japanese dress.

28 May 2012

On her last Asia trip as the mayor of Frankfurt Dr. h.c. Petra Roth visits Yokohama and receives the honorary title of "Yokohama International Partnership Ambassador".

02 July 2012

The German-Japanese Association of Frankfurt and the Japanese-German Association of Yokohama sign their friendship agreement in Frankfurt's City Hall.

03 September 2012

Chief Representative Naoki Mimuro visited Frankfurt's new Mayor Peter Feldmann at his office. They discussed the cities' partnership relations and exchange activities. Chief Representative Mimuro presented the Mayor with a formal letter of gratitude from the head of Madoka, the Sendai day care center for disabled people that was rebuilt with the help of a large donation from Frankfurt.

8 October 2012

Mayor Fumiko Hayashi visited Copenhagen to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF). The forum was launched in Copenhagen in 2011 by the government of Denmark and offers an opportunity for global economic and political leaders to exchange views and discuss new ways of green and sustainable economic growth. Mayor Hayashi was invited by the City of Copenhagen to speak at the "C40 Cities and Green Growth" session.
(photo: Yokohama's Mayor Ms. Fumiko Hayashi together with Copenhagen's Lord Mayor Mr. Frank Jensen)

16 October 2012

At a symposium on solar heat in Düsseldorf, Chief Representative Naoki Mimuro spoke about the solar-thermal market in Japan and Germany, and Yokohama Smart City Project.

28 November 2012

The 3 Partner Cities, Yokohama, Lyon, and Frankfurt got together at POLLUTEC 2012 in Lyon to share experiences with regards to the development of a smart and sustainable city and solutions to fight against climate change on the occasion of POLLUTEC 2012. There are a lot of opportunities for future common projects of the Euro-Asian Partner City triangle.

2011

16 June 2011

News article: Yokohama coordinates the relief donations offered by the city of Frankfurt to help rebuild the city of Sendai, which was heavily affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

17 July 2011

The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office promoted Yokohama as a travel destination at the Japanfest in Munich

28 July 2011

Five innovative biotechnology companies from Yokohama will attend BIO-Europe 2011 in Düsseldorf

 

1 September 2011

On the occasion of the newly founded city friendship between Frankfurt and Yokohama, Yokohama is organizing a symposium on the 4th of November in Frankfurt to introduce itself as a place for your business. The lord mayor of Yokohama, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, will present her city herself on this occasion. Companies that have been doing business in Yokohama successfully for years will also speak about their experiences.

More information and registration details

 

 

19 September 2011

GERMAN ONLY: Am Montag, 26. September, wird Chief Representative Hiroyuki Okamoto auf den 57. Deutsch-Japanischen Wirtschaftsgesprächen der Deutsch-Japanischen Gesellschaft Frankfurt zum Thema „Chancen und Erwartungen der neuen Städtepartnerschaft zwischen der Stadt Frankfurt und der Stadt Yokohama” sprechen.
Informationen und Anmeldung bei der DJG Frankfurt

26 September 2011

Mayor Petra Roth of Frankfurt visited Yokohama, where she and Mayor Fumiko Hayashi signed the partnership agreement.

03-05 November 2011

The Mayor of Yokohama, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, visited Frankfurt

04 November 2011

A business symposium on the subject of business environment and company setup in Yokohama was held in Frankfurt. Besides Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, high-ranking speakers from JETRO, Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, and Continental AG did presentations. Over 70 people attended.

2010

15 June 2010

Yokohama signed a joint declaration on climate change together with Frankfurt am Main and its partner cities

 

 

 

9 September 2010

The mayors of Frankfurt am Main and Yokohama, Petra Roth and Fumiko Hayashi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding directed towards a future city partnership