- Wuhan and Oita sister cities event
A delegation from Oita, Japan has spent some time in Wuhan, from April 1 to 3, to improve cooperation and strengthen the cultural ties between the two sister cities.
Led by Sato Kiichiro, Mayor of Oita, the delegation launched Oita Week at Aeon Mall in Wuhan Economic Development Zone. The event offered an opportunity for locals to explore the culture and food from Oita. Ten Japanese companies provided specialities such as sake, rice, and snacks for the event, which were very popular with customers. The organizers also provided the opportunity for developing skills in ikebana and the correct way to wear a kimono. Around 10,000 people took part in the highly successful event.
Oita has a long standing sister city friendship with Wuhan, which became official on September 7, 1979. The two cities have established close cooperative relationships in the fields of business, trade, education, tourism and cultural exchange. A television agreement was also signed during the visitation between the two cities. A 53-member delegation will follow later this year, and a cultural exchange event commemorating the 45th year of the Sino-Japan relationship will be co-held by Wuhan and Oita in 2017.
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