Kinouken Group President Sachiko Ariizumi (left) spoke before Palauan senior citizens during the 9th cultural exchange program initiated by their group. The group was formed nine years ago by working Japanese nationals who used to come to Palau for a vacation.

A group of Japanese professionals called the Kinouken Group was in Palau last week to conduct a cultural exchange program at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Koror on August 27.

Fourteen members of the Kinouken Group headed by their president, Sachiko Ariizumi, performed several Japanese cultural dance, songs, and games to entertain the Palauan seniors.

The group was formed nine years ago and had since conducted an annual cultural exchange program. Members of the group are comprised of working Japanese who used to come to Palau for a holiday. The group then eventually envisioned to conduct an annual cultural exchange program as part of their activities every time they visit Palau for a vacation.

Kinouken Group President Ariizumi, in her speech during the program, said that they consider Palau as their second home.

“…Our sense of belonging [here] continues to increase especially with such warm welcomes from wonderful people such as yourselves. We all feel really privileged to be here and truly grateful for your hospitality,” Ariizumi said.

Director of the Bureau of Ageing, Disability and Gender (BADG) Klouldil Singeo and Palau’s Former Ambassador to Japan Minoru Francisco Xavier Ueki also graced the program. (Rhealyn)