A contest to sketch the statue of Confucius
In commemoration of the 25th year of sister province relations between Shandong Province in China and Yamaguchi Prefecture, 50 students from elementary school to high school participated in an event at Ishin Park in Yamaguchi City. The event took place in March of this year and was run by the Yamaguchi International Exchange Association. The event was a drawing competition where students were asked to sketch the statue of Confucius at the park. Three winners were chosen, and they will be recognized at a ceremony in Shandong Province on August 25. As part of the prize, a 5 day trip to Shandong has been planned and will also include a tour of Jinan City, the capital of Shandong, as well as a welcome party. The statue was donated to Yamaguchi Prefecture in November, 2007 and this was the first time that such a drawing competition had been held.
First place was taken by a second year high school student aged 16 from Yamaguchi High School along with two other students, aged 14 and 12 from Yuda Junior High School and Hirakawa Junior High School respectively. The first place winner, Ms. Inoue, commented that she “tried to draw the statue keeping in mind the direction of the light, as the event was held outside.” All three of the girls are thoroughly looking forward to the trip to China.
A similar drawing competition was held in May of last year in Jinan City with 100 students participating, using a pavilion that was given as a gift to the city from Yamaguchi in 1992. The pavilion, known as “Bochotei” in Japanese, is enjoyed by visitors to the local park. There is also a stainless steel model of the Kintaikyo Bridge nearby.