It was an exhilarating and a fruitful journey for me to join the intercultural exchange programs organized by the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). Together with another five Peace Ambassadors from Hong Kong, I attended the 30th APCC Anniversary Celebration and stayed in Fukuoka for 12 days. I would like to share my experience gained there to everyone who likes Japan and their culture.
The programs started with a 6-day stay in a camp site, namely Marine House, followed by another 6-day stay in a hosting family.
In Marine House, ‘PlayDay’ was the most valuable and enjoyable activity. I have had a chance to wear Kimono (traditional Japanese garment) and I dressed smartly in blue, wasn’t I? It was an unforgettable experience because nowadays Japanese wear Kimono only in special festivals.
I also played Shogi, a traditional Japanese chess. Shogi, aka Game of Generals, is a popular game in Japan and nearly everybody in Japan knows it. Shogi is similar to XiangQi, the Chinese chess. I myself, who is fond of XiangQi, was almost addicted to it when I first played it. There are 40 chess pieces in Shogi. The target of Shogi and XiangQi are the same ── checkmate (putting the other player's ‘將/玉將’ under a inescapable direct attack).
It was a great trip and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the bottom of my heart I am very much grateful for the opportunity YWPS and Mrs Lam gave me for joining the APCC, which is currently known as the biggest international event for children in not only Japan, but the world, and is conducted under the cooperation of local and international citizens, government and business institutes.