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.
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.
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.
© The City of Yokohama
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.
Nippon Connection Festival leader Marion Klomfass and Professor Hiromitsu Murakami with the Representative Office team;
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 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)
Kusakabe Kinbei, Tattoo;
Actors in Front of Kabuki Theatre Shintomiza, in Edo/Tokyo
© Museum Angewandte Kunst