On October 13, China National Tourism Administration Osaka Office and the Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka jointly held the opening ceremony of the “Pearl of the Silk Road: Xinjiang-themed Photo Exhibition” in Osaka, Japan. More than 100 people attended the ceremony, including Consul General Li Tianran, Naoki, vice president of Osaka City Council, Toyo Imai, President of Osaka Japan-China Goodwill Association, Hiroshi Mizohata, chair of the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, Kajimoto, head of Japan-China Friendship Association Osaka Branch, Akitoshi Tanaka, head of Japan-China Friendship Association Kyoto Branch, and representatives of Japan-China friendship associations in Kansai, overseas Chinese associations, and overseas students from Xinjiang.
Consul General Li Tianran pointed out in his address that Xinjiang, an integral part of China and an important link of the ancient Silk Road, serves as a transport hub and a key channel for cultural exchanges between the continents of Europe and Asia. All ethnic groups in Xinjiang belong to one and the same Chinese nation, and Xinjiang has diverse ethnic cultures, making it a unique and brilliant pearl of the Chinese culture. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the Chinese government has attached great importance to the social development and people’s wellbeing of Xinjiang, and made great efforts to protect the traditions, customs and rights of all ethnic groups according to law and support the economic development and other undertakings of the autonomous region. Over the past 60-plus years, Xinjiang has achieved rapid economic growth, seen remarkable improvements in infrastructure and people’s livelihood, and made great strides on all fronts. Embracing the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative, Xinjiang is stepping up efforts to shape itself as a core area of the inland Silk Road Economic Belt, and striving to bring more benefits to its people and people of other countries along the Belt and Road. This photo exhibition demonstrates the distinctive natural scenery and colorful cultures of Xinjiang, providing a great platform for people of Kansai to get close to Xinjiang. He hoped that all guests present could get a better understanding of Xinjiang and the Belt and Road Initiative through the exhibition, and play an active role in promoting exchanges and cooperation between Kansai and Xinjiang.
Toyo Imai noted the upturn in China-Japan relations, highlighting the closer relations between Kansai and China. He said that Kansai will take the opportunities brought by the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China next year and the Belt and Road Initiative to expand exchanges and cooperation with Xinjiang and other regions of China in economic, cultural, people-to-people exchanges, and other areas. Hiroshi Mizohata also promised to encourage more Japanese people to visit China.
The photo exhibition on the 17th floor of HARUKAS will last two weeks, and feature more than 80 photos of Chinese and Japanese photographers, covering nature, culture, society and other areas. All the visitors were impressed by the photos, saying they were looking forward to visiting Xinjiang personally to learn local customs and appreciate its charm.
Source: CNTA Department of Tourism Promotion and International Liaison