“The 40th Anniversary Academic Seminar to Celebrate Sister Cities Kyoto and Guadalajara” was held by KUFS and the University of Guadalajara on Friday, November 6th. The seminar commemorated the 40th anniversary of sister-city ties between Kyoto City and Guadalajara City.
With respect to this event, there were video messages from the Rector of the University of Guadalajara’s University Center for Social Sciences and Humanities, the Mayor of Kyoto, and Mr. Yasushi Takase, ambassador of Japan to Mexico. The first session of the seminar was a presentation titled “The Pioneer of Latin American Research in Japan: 1950–2020)” given by Professor Emeritus Kishiro Ohgaki of KUFS. In the second session, presentations were given by students from both universities. From KUFS, two second-year students of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Spanish Studies—Satsuki Doi and Kanako Nakano—took the stage. The two presented in both Japanese and Spanish, introducing the charms of Kyoto City, their student lives that changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic, and giving a virtual tour of Kyoto City through imageries.
The three-hour long seminar involved participants actively sharing their opinions, questioning and commenting on the presentations given, as well as discussing future initiatives toward the 50th anniversary.