As part of this year’s Osumi Lakeside
Festival held on Sunday October 14th,
members of the Sunchang International
Association performed a traditional Korean
dance called ‘Samul Nori’.
We talked to Mr. Jae-ho Lim of the Sunchang
International Association about their
international exchange efforts in Korea.
KIEA: Please tell
us a bit about the Sunchang International
Mr. Lim: The Sunchang International
Association was founded in 1998 with the
goal of furthering internationalisation in
and around Sunchang. We currently have
around 40 members, and we’re putting most of
our efforts into organising homestays and
KIEA: Are all the
Samul Nori performers here today members of
Mr. Lim: No, only two of them are members.
Everyone else is from a Samul Nori
Samul Nori dancers perform for the residents of
KIEA: Please tell
us a little about your visit to Kanoya.
Mr. Lim: This trip resulted from the links
we established during a visit to Kihoku 13
years ago. During that trip we entertained
the residents of the Midori-no-en nursing
home by performing Samul Nori.
Asides from performing at Midori-no-en
again, this time we wanted to introduce
Korean culture and Samul Nori to the large
audiences at the Osumi Lakeside festival.
KIEA: In general
what type of international exchange
activities do you organise?
Mr. Lim: At a basic level we host various
groups from abroad. Up to now we have held
exchanges with many cities in Japan; for
example, we previously hosted a group from
Minamikyushu city. We hope to stay proactive
in organising these exchanges with different
towns around the world.
KIEA: Would you
mind telling us about your plans from here
Mr. Lim: If there are any towns or groups
that want to participate in international
exchanges, then we would love to hold some
sort of exchange with them. We’re also
planning more overseas homestays for kids.
From the interviewer
The Sunchang International Association was
founded in 1998, and our own Kanoya
International Exchange Association was
founded in 1996, so these two groups can be
thought of as sisters.
Observing the activities of similar groups
from other countries can help to motivate us
in our own activities. We can learn a lot
from the proactive stance of these groups.
I’d like us all to keep working
energetically on exchange activities aimed
at furthering internationalisation in our
(Makoto Maenohara, KIEA Secretary)