I wish you all a happy new year.
I sincerely hope that our members had a wonderful new year and would like to thank not just our members but also everyone who supported JLA throughout the year of 2015.
In December 2015, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Luxembourg. It has been 10 years since then PM Junichiro Koizumi visited the Grand Duchy for the first time. It has been proven to strengthen further, the relationship between Japan and Luxembourg for the coming years.
Japanese Ladies’ Association of Luxembourg a.s.b.l. (JLA) enters its 4th year since establishment. The object of the association is fostering and encouraging social, educational, cultural and philanthropic activities for its members, as well as assisting in furthering Japanese-Luxembourg relations. The association also aims to provide to its members a variety of information on Luxembourg and neighboring regions, such as daily life, upcoming events, activities and topics of interests.
Luxembourg is a country that represents a central place, a window onto Europe, yet it is one of the smallest countries in the EU. It is not unusual for people from Japan to find some difficulty when first started to live so far away from our home country. To help newly relocated residents to this country, we have been working to publish a guide to living in Luxembourg where this exhaustive guide contains everything you need to know about relocating and have reliable and useful information to live and settle into your new life. We are hoping it will be available in the coming months so we can’t wait for you all to see it soon.
Throughout the year, we are also promoting and providing various activities for our JLA members to attend. During 2015, we had a great turn out to our regular activities which includes: French lesson for beginners; French cooking; Japanese chorus group; Japanese flower arrangement “Ikebana”; Japanese Calligraphy and Japanese free-talk meetings. In the coming year, we are hoping to also introduce some new activities: Japanese classical dance and German cooking lessons. In March, JLA will hold Japan-related event which will involve Japanese traditional culture and sake. You will get to experience the traditional “kagami-biraki” of sake (opening of wooden cask of sake at a party by smashing the lid with a hammer), followed by a marriage of French cuisine and Japanese sake. We are also excited to announce that we have a special guest of “Geisha” all the way from Kanazawa-city in the Ishikawa prefecture, to present us with traditional classical dance. We look forward for your attendance.
To close off, going forward we look forward to assisting the Japanese residents living in Luxembourg and also further collaborate and engage with the people of Luxembourg to introduce Japanese cultures and deepen the Japan-Luxembourg relationship for the better.
Japanese Ladies’ Association of Luxembourg a.s.b.l.
Chairwoman Makiko Hayashi Witolla