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Welcome to ECHO+! In our new JDZB blog we will share current news, voices and reflections and provide insights into our work. We would love to engage in conversation with you and are looking forward to your comments. Please also visit our media center and take a look at the quarterly "conventional" echo.

Bridge walker: Roger GOEPPER ― former director of the Museum for East Asian Art in Cologne
Who can still remember the great Hokusai exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2011? Our then Deputy Secretary General Mr. SHIMIZU Yōichi and his assistant Ms. KIRIZUKI Emi had done a great job in organizing the exhibition. This article, in which Mr. SHIMIZU introduces a "unique connoisseur and advocate of Japanese art", was also written in cooperation with them.
Experimental #OpenWeekLab all about the future opening strategy of the JDZB
Recently an #OpenWeekLab took place at the JDZB. With the help of experimental formats, the future of the JDZB was rethought. Secretary General Dr. Julia Münch writes about this extraordinary week.
State Secretary Miguel BERGER: 160 Years German-Japanese Friendship
There are more than 8,000 kilometers between Tōkyō and Berlin – yet there are many similarities between Japan and Germany. On the occasion of the anniversary, the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger, who is also a member of the JDZB's Board of Executives, reflects on the relations between the two countries.
Bridge walker Gereon SIEVERNICH - a pioneer of cultural management
In this article, Ms. KIYOTA Tokiko, Deputy Secretary General of the Japanese-German Center Berlin, tells how she first worked with "her role model, Mr. SIEVERNICH," who has made a great contribution to introducing Japanese culture in Berlin.
Bridge walker: MITANI Nobuhiro - organizes an exchange "of a special kind"
Today I would like to introduce MITANI Nobuhiro to you - a person who simply cannot go unmentioned when it comes to exchanges between young people from Japan and Germany in the capital of Berlin!
"Brückengängerin" (bridge walker)– NAGAI Junko
Mrs. NAGAI Junko, 87 years young, has lived in Germany for many years and has broadcast German reports to Japan mainly on radio. It is not easy to summarize her long and dramatic life in a compact article. As Ms. NAGAI likes to say, it could be a "nagai article" - nagai is a homonym of "long" in Japanese. Be that as it may, I will try anyway.
"Brückengängerinnen" (bridge walkers)– Pauline BOEHM & Ariane HEROLD
Finally to Japan! A big dream for many young adults in Germany. In addition to the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB), the German-Japanese Youth Society (DJJG) also runs exchange programs. These are supported 100 percent voluntarily, take place annually in Germany and Japan and are aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds.
Points of interaction through digitization - New events series of the Alumni Association of the German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum
In the "Sustainablility Talks", our YLF-alumni now meet regularly to shed light on sustainability from the perspective of Japan and Germany. The topic of the first meeting was "Sustainable Mobility".
Digital formats complement youth exchange
The Japanese-German youth exchange is close to the heart of JDZB Secretary General Julia MUENCH. In this article, which also appeared in the current edition of our quartely publication echo, she appeals to join all available forces in order to create even more attention for existing exchange programs.
“Song of Autumn“ in early summer
On June 9, for the first time since the beginning of the Corona crisis one year and five months ago, a concert took place at the JDZB. It was streamed live. In this blog post, Deputy Secretary General KIYOTA Tokiko recounts the events of this memorable day.