9 August 2022

Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation|www.leiden-nagasaki.nl

Students Ib and Gijs attended the Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum in Japan and met with Mayor Tomihisa Taue.  In 2020 the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation together with the cities of Leiden and Nagasaki organized an art contest featuring a trip to Japan for the winners. Due to COVID-19, the trip to Japan and the Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum were both postponed.  This summer however, they both took place.

Art Contest and trip to Japan

To commemorate 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (9 August 1945), the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation, together with the cities of Leiden and Nagasaki, held an art contest with the theme: ‘What if this happened to you?’.  What if an atomic bomb fell on your city, changing your life – what message would you send to the world?  Gijs van der Meij and Ib Brussee won this contest and represented the city of Leiden at the Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum and the annual memorial ceremony.  They paid a visit today to the Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue to present their winning art works.  Gijs (18) explained that in his work ‘A girl running through a devastated city’, the city of Leiden and his sister played central roles. Ib (18) added that in her work depicting a devastated city, the 2 hands that feature prominently against a background of a rising sun are symbols for both hope and desperation.

Mayor Taue thanked both students and complimented them on their works, promising to give their artworks ‘pride of place’ in Nagasaki.  A Representative of the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN) accompanied the winners and coordinated the journey, for which all costs were borne by the city of Nagasaki.  Since 24 November 2017, Leiden and Nagasaki enjoy an official sister city relationship.

Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation (SLVN)

The aim of the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation is to foster and promote the sister city relations between Leiden and Nagasaki. The foundation aims to stimulate corporate contact between the two regions and to further expand the existing ties with regard to culture, music, medicine, and education.

Leiden/Nagasaki August 9 2022

Invitation: Japanese dinosaur morning at Naturalis

This event is cancelled because of the new COVID-regulations announced on November 3rd by the Dutch Ministry of Welfare.

On Friday the 29th of October, the Nagasaki City Dinosaur Museum opened.

One of the dinosaurs there is Trix, the T. rex from Naturalis in Leiden. In 2020, Naturalis worked very hard to create a life-sized 3D-print of its famous showpiece. To celebrate the opening and the friendship between Nagasaki and Leiden, there will be a live event on Saturday the 13th of November with a video connection. Any friends of Nagasaki or Japan in general are invited to join it in our LiveScience hall, which is free to enter. 

10:30 (CET) Live tour of the permanent exhibition of Nagasaki City Dinosaur Museum by curator Mr. Shota Kodaira. 

10:45 Explanation of Trix by dino professor Anne Schulp. 

11:00 Explanation of our Trix’s replica project by palaeontologist Daisuke Nakatani. 

4. Participation exchange discussion with children. The theme is “What kind of dinosaur project would you like to participate in?”.

Nagasaki Dinosaur Museum, Nagasaki

Naturalis sends a 3D printed Tyrannosaurus to Nagasaki

Leiden, 12 april 2021. The 3D printed Tyrannosaurus rex that was in the central hall of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, is being shipped to Japan. The life-sized replica of Naturalis iconic dinosaur Trix will leave for the Dinosaur Museum in Nagasaki next week.

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Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum Contest – Winners Announced

The winners of the ‘Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum Contest’, organized last year by the Leiden Friends of Nagasaki Foundation and the City of Leiden, were announced on April 6 2021.  The theme of this contest was ‘what if this happened to you’.  What if an atomic bomb fell on your city, devasting everything, what message would you send to the world? Jury chairman Kris Schiermeier (Chairman of the SLVN and Director of Japan Museum SieboldHuis) and other jury members* congratulated winners Gijs van der Meij and Ib Brussee on winning this contest.  An honorable mention went to Yaiden de Jong for his poem ‘Hope’.

The jury praised the contestants for their creativity in the short stories, poems, paintings, and songs they submitted.  All contestants will receive a Manga Workshop at Japan Museum SieboldHuis, compliments of the SLVN.

17-year-old student at Bonaventura College, Gijs van der Meij, impressed the jury with his painting of a girl running through a devastated city. The jury applauded him for his originality and empathy in the execution of this work in which the city of Leiden and his sister played a role.

17-year-old Mare college student Ib Brussee also impressed the jury with her work, in particular the symbolism and the way she implemented colour to reflect both desperation and hope.

For his poem ‘Hope’ the 15-year-old Yaiden de Jong received a painting by Leiden artist Casper Faassen.

Both winners will participate in the Nagasaki Peace Forum on August 8 and 9 in Japan together with representatives from Nagasaki twin cities: St. Paul (USA); Santos (Brazil); Porto (Portugal); Fuzhou (China) and Vaux-sur-Aure (France).  They will also be guests of honour at the memorial ceremonies on 9 August and will present their art works to the Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue. While in Japan Gijs and Ib will have the opportunity for a ‘home stay’ with a Japanese family to learn more about the city of Nagasaki and the cultural of Japan. Representatives of the SLVN will accompany the winners and all costs will be borne by the City of Nagasaki. 

Photo: Gijs van der Meij  (left )and  Ib Brussee (right) in the garden of Japan Museum SieboldHuis.  In between is a bust of the physician Philipp Franz von Siebold who lived in Nagasaki from 1823-1829.  
Photographer: Kuniko Forrer

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: info@orange-heart.nl


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)

Perskit download: http://leiden-nagasaki.nl/downloads-content/190608_perskit.zip

Date & Times: :
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