On Aug 2, the opening and awards ceremony of the China-Japan Youth Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition was held at the Chinese Cultural Center in Tokyo. It was co-hosted by the center, the Kyushu Japan-China Folk Culture Association and the Japan-China Society. China’s envoy to Japan, Han Zhiqiang, former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, president of the Japan-China Society Shinichiro Shiranishi and a visiting team attended the event.
Envoy Han Zhiqiang first extended warm congratulations on the opening of the exhibition on behalf of Ambassador Cheng Yonghua and the Chinese Embassy. He said that teenagers are the future and the hope of the world, and it would require mutual endeavors of both Chinese and Japanese teenagers to ensure permanent friendship between the two countries. The exhibition would deepen the exchange of the teenagers and plant the seeds of friendship in their minds. He expected that teenagers would be bridges to future international communication.
The Fuji Boys and Hope Girls Choir first performed two energetic songs. Then Chinese teenagers sang the song The Same Song, giving a genuine feeling with their youthful voices.
Yukio Hatoyama said in speech that he was moved by their voices and the adults should make greater efforts at friendship. And Shinichiro Shiranishi humorously said in Chinese that he loved China and the panda.
Over 300 works were exhibited and many won prizes. Over 200 people, including dozens of teenagers, attended the ceremony and appreciated the works.