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Taipei, Hamamatsu Celebrates 5th Anniversary of City-to-City Exchange with Music

Taipei, Hamamatsu Celebrates 5th Anniversary of City-to-City Exchange with MusicTo celebrate the 5th anniversary of signing of the MOU on strengthening tourism exchange in 2013, Taipei City and Hamamatsu City co-organized a concert at the first floor of Taipei City Hall to celebrate the occasion on August 22.
 
At the event, the 24 members from Hamamatsu Lionet Children’s Choir performed a total of 8 songs, including tracks from the animation movie Totoro, while the performers from Donghu Junior High School presented 5 pieces ranging from Taiwanese children’s song Cloudy Day to One Fine Day from Madame Butterfly.
 
Deputy Commissioner Chen Yu-hsin of the Department of Tourism and Information remarked that Taipei has working on promoting itself as a destination for Japanese school field trips. Noting that the visiting choir comprises young boys and girls, she emphasized that through cultural exchanges, students from both cities will be able to develop international perspectives and learn from each other. This is one of the reasons why Taipei City investing much effort to promote field trips as well.
 
To celebrate the city-to-city partnership, the two cities announced a joint project to send more tourists to visit the other city. Hamamatsu is the second city to enter such agreement with Taipei City. Under the initiative, tourists visiting the other city between September 15, 2018 and December 15, 2018 will be eligible for free gifts. Taipei will offer trinkets including customized EasyCard, handmade bags, mini lanterns, and cough drops packs. Hamamatsu will give away freebies such as LED light key chains, masking tapes, badges, stickers, and folders.
 
Hamamatsu City is located in central Japan, a major industrial hub situated in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture. Many well-known Japanese companies have their roots in the city, including Suzuki, Honda, and Yamaha. The city is also known for hosting major events such as the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and the Hamamatsu World Youth Music Festival. Well-known tourist attractions in the Japanese city include Hamana Lake (the tenth largest lake in Japan), Hamamatsu Castle, and Hamamatsu Flower Park. For more information on Hamamatsu, please visit the Hamamatsu tourist information website: http://hamamatsu-daisuki.net/ (Japanese)