NPO法人国際交流支援協会理事長 フレンズ・オブ・ポーランド協会 会長 松下文治のメッセージ ~Message of BUNJI MATSUSHITA~

最終更新: 2020年11月23日

Welcome to all.

I am Bunji Matsushita, the President of ‘Friends of the World Association JAPAN ’ and ‘Friends of Poland Association Japan’.

皆様こんにちは。私はFriends of the World Association JAPAN並びにFriends of Poland Association JAPANの会長をしております松下文治と申します。

The ‘Friends of Poland Association Japan’ had its origins twenty years ago following the Han-Shin Awaji Earthquake disaster. Some time after this I received a phone call from Mr Henry Lipschitz, the Polish Ambassador in Japan at the time.

He said ‘There was once a time when Japan courageously saved the lives of 765 Polish children who had been detained in Siberia; and in recognition of this memorable event, Poland would like to do something for Japanese children’.



Indeed, Mr Lipschitz was true to his word and invited a group of Japanese children to visit Poland on cultural exchange for two weeks in the summer. As the invitation covered only the one-way travel to Poland, something needed to be done to find the money for a return air fare. Mr Lipschitz asked me to organise a charity piano concert to fund the return travel and accommodation for twenty-six elementary Japanese students.


Tobe Town, which is famous for Tobe-yaki pottery, has maintained a strong relationship with Poland. Moreover, the town started promoting the Chopin Village Festival four years ago.

The event specialises in the performance of Polish piano music and offers an international food cuisine for locals and visitors. Many people look forward to visiting the event every year.



As you may know, Chopin is called ‘The Poet of the Piano’: he loved Poland. His beautiful and heart-felt melodies will live forever.

ご存知のようにショパン はピアノの詩人と呼ばれ、情緒豊かでポーランドをこよなく愛した素晴らしい音楽家ですので、ぜひ皆様ショパンの曲に心癒されていただければと思います。そして夢が世界に向かって羽ばたいていくように、このイベントがこれからも継続していくことを願ってやみません。

Let Chopin’s music provide the balm and the peace to our troubled minds. Enjoy every moment.

Thank you very much.

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