On 23 January, Ambassador Haneda Koji and Consul General Miwa Yoshiaki attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the renovation and enhancement of the Philippine-Japan Historical Museum.
The effort was supported through the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects of the Japanese government.
The museum in Calinan, Davao City opened in 1994 through the efforts of Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Inc. (PNJK).
Its exhibits allow visitors to learn about the historical relationship between Japan and Davao, which started during the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the city in the 1900s.
In order to commemorate its 25th anniversary, the renovation and enhancement efforts were initiated.
The grant supported the renovation of the exhibit space and materials, as well as the installation of digital devices to further enrich the learning experience for visitors.
Ambassador Haneda made a congratulatory address at the ceremony, and the event was livened up by various activities.
These included the unveiling of a new signboard, the ribbon-cutting and the sake barrel breaking called “Kagamibiraki” in Japanese.
Children from the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School also rendered a song-and-dance number.