Nagasaki University thanks Professors Ton Raap and Harm Beukers

A delegation from Nagasaki University Medical School and Nagasaki University Hospital paid tribute to Professor dr Ton Raap and Professor dr Harm Beukers at a gathering in the Buruma Zaal of the Leiden University Medical Center on February 13.

The delegation from Nagasaki with Rector Carel Stolker and emeritus Professor Ton Raap. The delegation included Dean, Professor Maemura and Vice Dean, Professor Yanagihara of the Nagasaki School of Medicine, Professor Koji of the Department of Histology and Cell Biology and Professor Nagayasu of the Department of Surgical Oncology. 

This delegation came into being as a result of close cooperation between LUMC, the University of Leiden, Nagasaki Medical School and Nagasaki University.  This collaboration was explained in presentations, amongst which was one by Dr Pancras Hogendoorn, Professor of Pathology. Dean of the Leiden University Medical Center. 

A commemorative plaque was present to Professor dr Ton Raap by the Nagasaki delegation in recognition of his contributions in establishing this collaboration.

Professor Raap accepts the commemorative plaque.

In his thank you speech, Professor Raap praised both institutes for their cooperation and thanked Associate Professor Noboru Yamashita and Professor Koji, both of the University of Nagasaki and Professor Harm Beukers of the University of Leiden.

Thank you speech by Professor Raap.
Plaque with a bas-relief of Johan Pompe van Meerdervoort

The collaboration between these institutes manifests itself in the exchange of students and PhD candidates. This results in further exchanges on the bachelor and master levels as well as in research areas such as Technical Medicine, Surgical Oncology, Ageing, Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Genome Instability and Rheumatology. 

Both delegations stressed their gratitude for the collaboration that began many years ago on their ‘wish list’. This wish became reality in 2013 when Professor Raap and Mayor Lenferink visited Nagasaki at which time the Friendship between both cities was formalized.  In 2017 the Friendship Affiliation became a Sister City relationship giving the collaboration between the institutes greater momentum.

Orange Heart – Sinterklaas Actie 2019

Orange Heart 

With the holiday season just around the corner St Nicolaas was wondering what gifts the children of Fukushima would like to have.  He was also wondering if you would like to join him this year by sending your own gift to a child in Iwaki Japan.  


From October to mid-November 2019 (unwrapped) gifts for children (kindergarten and primary school age)  small in size and light in weight can be sent to:


Orange Heart

Weigeliadal 9

2317 JA Leiden


No time to buy a gift? You may also make a donation to this worthy cause and we will purchase a gift on your behalf. 

Donations may be made to:

Sinterklaasactie 2019

NL36INGB0007938143 t.a.v. Orange Heart


Your gifts will be deliverd to Fukishima and will be presented to the children on 1 December in the Iwaki Performeing Arts Center Alios by St Nicolaas himself!


For more information or inquiries:


Thank you on behalf of Orange Heart


Nagasaki Youth Orchestra

On Saturday, 24 August 2019 the Nagasaki Junior Orchestra will visit Leiden for a musical celebration of their twin city relationship.

This summer a delegation from the Nagasaki Junior Orchestra will visit Leiden. In addition to enjoying our beautiful city and of course paying a visit to Japan Museum SieboldHuis, the children are also keen to entertain the people of Leiden.
Two concerts will be given on Saturday, 24 August. The first, a mini concert will take place at 14:00 in the Library on the Nieuwstraat (BplusC). A second concert will be held at 16:00 in the Leidse Volkshuis, Apothekersdijk 33a, under the auspices of Mayor Henri Lenferink and the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Hiroshi Inomata. Admission to both concerts is free.

Members of the Rijnstreek Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform together with the Nagasaki Youth Orchestra, and as a special treat will play a piece that have been rehearsing separately over the past weeks.

♪ “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” in G-major K.525 part one (Mozart)
♪ Violin concert Nr. 1 C-major (Hydon)
♪ Baroque Style “Spring” from “Japan’s Four Seasons” (Masaaki Hayakawa)
♪ “Romanian Volk Dance” (Bartok)
Conductors: Ken Hakii and Mitsuaki Shiki | In cooperation with Jeugd Symfonieorkest Rijnstreek. (Rijnstreek Youth Symphony Orchestra)

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Date: Saturdy 24 August 2019

Mini concert Nagasaki Junior Orchestra in the
Library, Nieuwstraat te Leiden at 14:00 hours ADMISSION FREE

Concert Nagasaki Junior Orchestra in the
Volkshuis Apothekersdijk 33a, Leiden at 16:00 hours ADMISSION FREE

Students from Nagasaki East and Visser ‘t Hooft Lyceum visit SieboldHuis

Students from Nagasaki East Highschool (長崎東高等学校) and students from Visser ‘t Hooft Lyceum meet and become acquainted during a guided tour of the museum and exhibition “Japanese Nude” by Director Kris Schiermeier.

The schools are exploring the possibilities of developing a closer relationship. Both focus on bilingual education and have a significant international orientated curriculum.

Mayor of Nagasaki visits Leiden

Mayor of Nagasaki visits Leiden

On September 25 2018 a delegation from Nagasaki, led by Mayor Tomihisa and accompanied by several Nagasaki city council members, visited Leiden.  The 50-man delegation also included representatives from trade and industry, cultural organisations and private individuals. The delegation’s first stop was Japan Museum SieboldHuis, once  home to Philipp Franz von Siebold, where they were received by director Mrs, Kris Schiermeier. Siebold is viewed by many as the one of the first to forge the ties between our two cities. 

Photo by Elizabeth van der Wind

Next stop on the agenda was a visit to the Hortus Botanicus where the delegation was met by the director Paul Kessler, Carla Teune and Izai Kikuchi.  A guided tour of the hortus followed highlighting the horticultural ties with Japan including trees and plants and the Siebold Memorial Garden.

Photo by Ronald Hilhorst

The group continued on foot to city hall where they received a warm welcome by Mayor Henri Lenferink and H.E. the Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands, Hiroshi Inomata. Mayor Lenferink recalled several amusing incidents that occured while in Japan the previous year  when the official Twin City Agreement was signed.

Photo by Ronald Hilhorst

The Japanese custom of gift-giving was not forgotten. This time a special word of thanks went to Kuniko Forrer for her ourstandingwork in preparing this visit on behalf of the SLVN.

Photo by Guus Rijven

Three boats were waiting at city hall to take the group on a lunch cruise along the canals of Leiden.

Transportation and delightful sandwiches were provided by ‘Broodjes & Bootjes’.  The boat trip ended at the Museum of Ethnology where Director Stijn Schoonderwoerd and curator Daan Kok invited the delegation for a guided tour of the museum.

An energetic performance by Raiden Yosokoi brought end to the day’s activities.  This traditional Japanese Fishermen dance is extremely popular in Japan and especially in Nagasaki.  Raiden Yosokoi was was presented with a special flag from Nagasaki last year. Initially three performances were planned, however the delegation thought otherwise and cheered and shouted ‘Motte koi, motte koi’ (encore).  

Photo by Guus Rijven


Photo by Ronald Hilhorst

A closing dinner was held hosted by Alderwoman Yvonne van Delft.  Mayor Taue expressed his gratitude for the hospitality he enjoys when visiting Leiden and for the deep friendship he feels when the people of Nagasaki and Leiden meet.

Photo by Ronald Hilhorst

Japanweek @ Elementary school ‘t Klankbord

From 12 – 23 Febuary all eyes will be on Japan at ’t Klankbord Elementary School in Stevenshof. With the help of enthusiastic volunteers, organisations in the region and the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN), the school will hold theme days for all its students.  Japanologists, students of Japan Studies at the University of Leiden and exchange students from Nagasaki will help will participate in the programme.

Programme            In cooperation with
Visit Japan Museum SieboldHuis   Japan Museum SieboldHuis
Cool Japan Dr. Daan Kok Museum Volkenkunde
Lecture on Dejima & Nagasaki Professor dr  Matthi Forrer Emeritus Professor  
Netherlands Ikebana Club Mrs. Corrie van der Meer -Fischer Netherelands Ikebana Club
Japanese Haikus Ms.  Cécile Verburg Haiku Kern Leiden
Language and Culture of Japan Ms.  Riko Higa & Mr. Ronald Hilhorst Nagasaki University
Japanese Tea Ceremony Mr. Takahide Suzuki De Telescoop
City Tour “Wandelgids Japan in Leiden”   LVSJK Tanuki
Sister Cities Leiden, Nagasaki and the Japanese School Mrs.  Jessica Hilhorst






Sister Cities Nagasaki and Leiden Celebrate official ties

 On Thursday November 30, celebrations were held in Leiden City Hall to commemorate the signing – 5 days earlier in Japan – of the official Sister City relationship with Nagasaki. In a brief presentation, Alderman Paul Dirkse outlined

the importance of the sister city relationship with Nagasaki. Director of Japan Museum SieboldHuis and Chair of the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN), Kris Schiermeier gave an account of the many places Japan can be found in Leiden including a section of the ‘Singelpark’ that will highlight Nagasaki in particular and Japan in a more broader perspective.

Jessica Hilhorst then spoke of her experiences during her six month stay in Nagasaki and elaborated on the opportunities that this sister city relationship could bring to both cities.   Professor Dr. M. Forrer gave an animated account of his work on the restoration of Dejima.  A reception followed.

Media coverage (Dutch):

Gemeente Leiden Sleutelstad LD
UL KaternJapan Leiden Marketing
LeidenTV UnityFM SP Leiden

V-Varen Nagasaki promoted to J1 for first time

V-Varen Nagasaki earned promotion to the J. League’s first division for the first time on Saturday.

V-Varen, competing in the J2 since 2013, sealed a second-place spot in the league with a 3-1 home win over Katamare Sanuki behind goals from Daichi Inui, Yusuke Maeda and Hijiri Onaga. A crowd of 22,407 was on hand at Transcosmos Stadium to witness the historic event.

V-Varen will join second-division champions Shonan Bellmare in the J1 next season, while another J2 team will earn promotion through a playoff involving the teams finishing third to sixth.

ref. Japan Times

Twin City Celebrations

Since 2013 the cities of Leiden and Nagasaki have enjoyed an official Friendship Affiliation.  On Friday, 24 November this friendship affiliation will be elevated to that of Twin Cities in a signing ceremony to take place in Nagasaki.  We are extremely grateful to all those whose efforts and cooperation have led to this end, in particular to the late Aad van der Luit and the City Middelburg.

The Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation is therefore pleased to celebrate the relationship with Nagasaki on Thursday 30 November 2017.

The Speakers:

Professor dr Matthi Forrer (1948) studied Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Leiden and East Asian Art History at the University of Amsterdam. Professor Forrer is Senior Researcher Japan Collections at the Museum for Ethnology in Leiden and lecturer  Material Culture of pre-Modern Japan at the University of Leiden.

Professor Forrer has been closely involved in the restoration of Deshima in Nagasaki.


Jessica Hilhorst (1977) Studied Japanese Language at the University of Leiden and is

Senior Policy Officer for Education Innovation at the City of Leiden.  In 2016 Hilhorst spent  six months at the International Affairs Division of the City of Nagasaki.  Ms Hilhorst has been closely involved in the groundworks leading towards the establishment of a Twin City relationship with Nagasaki and was involved in the establishment of the initial Friendship Affiliation and visit to Japan of Leiden Mayor Lenferink in 2013.