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January 16,17th, 2018
Fukuoka/Delhi Friendship Cooperation 10th Anniversary Commemoration Project
January 19th, 2018
Exchange students residing in Fukuoka took part in "mamemaki" bean-throwing at the prefectural office!

Fukuoka/Delhi Friendship Cooperation 10th Anniversary Commemoration Project

In 2007, Fukuoka Prefecture entered into a friendship cooperation with the National Capital Territory of Delhi, and since then has reinforced this cooperation with environmental and youth development exchanges.
On the 16th and 17th of January, the Prefectural Governor and Prefectural Assembly Chairman joined a visiting group on a visit to Delhi, and the Friendship Cooperation 10th Anniversary Commemoration Project was carried out.
On the 16th, the visiting group had talks with Chief Minister Kejriwal, observed environmental activities at the private schools in Delhi, and the Friendship Cooperation 10th Anniversary Ceremony was held. At the Anniversary Ceremony, the "Memorandum Regarding the India/National Capital Territory of Delhi and Fukuoka Mutual Cooperation" was newly signed.
On the 17th, a 10th Anniversary Commemoration Seminar was held with themes such as environmental issues and the preservation of cultural heritage.


The signing of the memorandum was also reported by local newspapers


The Anniversary Ceremony


In the tour of environmental activities, the Prefectural Governor and students engaged in tree-planting.

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Exchange students residing in Fukuoka took part in "mamemaki" bean-throwing at the prefectural office!

In Japan, there is a custom known as "Setsubun" in which every year on the 3rd of February, people throw dried beans around in order to drive off evil spirits and pray for good health.
In advance of the Tocho-ji Temple Setsubun Grand Festival held at Tocho-ji Temple in Fukuoka Prefecture on the 2nd and 3rd of February, on January 19th the Tocho-ji Temple Setsubun Festival Organizers' Board joined overseas exchange students staying in Fukuoka at the prefectural office for a slightly-early bean scattering in order to summon luck for all of the prefectural residents.
*The exchange students take part in bean throwing every year at the Tocho-ji Temple Setsubun Grand Festival in order to experience Japanese culture.


The exchange students donned costumes of the Seven Lucky Gods etc. while throwing beans.
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