On September 26, 2012 the first facility called “Dom Polski” or “Polish House” was opened in Japan in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture.
The main purpose of “Dom Polski” (Polish House) is the facilitation of the trade, economic, culture, tourism and science relations between Poland and Japan on the regional level. This first Polish House was opened on September 26, 2012 in Takaoka City, located on the side of the See of Japan. Opening of this facility is the result of 2 years of preparations within the larger project whose purpose is to deepen the co-operation and exchange between the regions of Poland and Japan.
The City of Takaoka with the support of Mayor Takahashi and the local politicians was very supportive of the idea right from the beginning. Takaoka is the center of the copper industry while Toyama Prefecture as a whole is famous for pharmaceutical and aluminium industry and tourism. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Toyama is the Tateyama Mountain chain which is visible from the sea – one of the most beautiful views in the world.
The counterparts for Takaoka in Poland are the regions of Opole City and the Town of Brodnica. The relations in the economic field between Opole and Takaoka have started in 2010, however Takaoka has a much longer history of exchange with Poland in the field of arts which begun back in 2000. This cultural exchange project has been led by Ms. Mikiko Yamaguchi, a painter and local activist who ever since has traveled to Poland almost on an annual basis. For the past few years she managed to bring to Poland a group of Japanese artists in order to have them experience the culture of Poland. Recently Brodnica, a town north of Warsaw has been very active in this field of cultural exchange.
OPENING OF “DOM POLSKI” (Polish House)
“Dom Polski” was officially opened on September 26, 2012, however is was already pre-opened on December 16, 2011 in order to carefully prepare for the ambitious role of facilitation of the trade, economic, culture, tourism and science relations between Poland and Japan on the local basis.
Dom Polski is operated by Tsukamoto Trading Co., Ltd., a Tsukamoto Group company. Tsukamoto Trading, a Member of PCCIJ, is actively involved in trade exchange between Poland and Japan.
The first official visit of the officials of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Takaoka City took place in December 2011. Since then the relations started to develop in a more speedy manner. The result was a business mission to Poland by the representatives of the local politics and business in May 2012.
“DOM POLSKI” OPENING – RECEPTION PARTY
The opening party was held on September 26th, 2012 (Wednesday), 18:30 – 20:30 at at the Restaurant Four Seasons, Hotel New Otani Takaoka which is located in the vicinity of the Dom Polski.
18:15 Door open
18:30 Beginning of the event
– Commendation ceremony
– Music performance
20:30 End of event