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Technical Tour


The optional Technical Tour on 26th April is to Hokuto Converter Station*1 and Hakodate Converter Station*2. This tour is an additional fee of \10,000 per person. The price of this tour includes Lunch, Admission fee, Transportation fee and Consumption Tax.

Itinerary plan (an example)
8:00 Departure from Hakodate Kokusai Hotel (Gathering at 07:40)
8:30 -9:30 Old Fort Goryokaku sight seeing
10:00-11:00 Hakodate Converter Station
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:15-14:30 Onuma Park sight seeing
15:00-16:00 Hokuto Converter Station
17:00 Arrive at Hakodate Kokusai Hotel

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*1 New Hokkaido - Honshu HVDC Link
In order to reinforce and secure power interconnection between Hokkaido and Honshu islands, new 250 kV HVDC Link which is composed of MMC-VSC Converter Stations, overhead line of about 100 km and XLPE cable along Seikan Tunnel (under Tsugaru Strait) of 24 km is under construction. The HVDC Link will be commissioned in March 2019. The transmission capacity is 300 MW.


*2 Hokkaido - Honshu HVDC Link (Existing)
First HVDC Link in Japan and it is interconnected between Hokkaido and Honshu islands. The HVDC Link which is a bipole composed of +/-250 kV overhead line of 124 km and SCFF cable of 44 km has been operated since 1979. SCFF cable for 1st pole was replaced to XLPE cable in 2012. The total transmission capacity is 600 MW.

Optional Tour

The optional tour will be held on 24th and 25th April.
Volunteers composed of lai (Remembrance of Love) Girls High School students will guide participants in the tour.
The tours will visit to the famous place in Hakodate for about 3 hours in the morning and afternoon.
First tour will go to Old Fort Goryokaku which is a western-style fort completed almost 150 years ago.
Second tour will go to Motomachi area which has 19 sloping streets which are varied landscapes. This area has historic buildings which were built in the 19th century.
Third tour will go to Mt. Hakodate Observatory, at which you can see a sweeping view of the urban area of Hakodate and the surrounding sea and mountains.
In forth tour, You can try Japanese traditional instrument which are Koto (Japanese harp) and Shakuhachi (Bamboo flute).
All tour fee is free, but you have to make a registration. Participants are limited by up to 10.

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Cocktail Time

April 24 17:20 - 18:50 at the exhibition hall; Snacks and drinks will be served. The fee is included in the conference participation and accompanying persons fee.

Attraction No.1;
Brass band performance by Iai girls high school wind ensemble.

Gala Dinner

April 24 19:00-22:00 at the Conference hall. The fee is included in the conference participation and accompanying person fee.

Attraction No. 2;
String Quintet from NHK Symphony Orchestra members and Shakuhachi (Japanese Flute) Joint Concert.
*NHK Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by J-POWER.

The beautiful harmony of classical music from the best symphony orchestra in Japan and Japanese traditional music by Ms. Shiba Kozan will make the Gala dinner colorful and unforgettable time in Hakodate. String quintet plays popular classical tunes first and then plays together with Shakuhachi Japanese flute some more tunes. Shakuhachi is made from Bamboo and resembles to Flute and Quena which have no fipple and no air reed. String Quintet and Shakuhachi on stage is ultra-rare even in Japan.
Don’t miss it!

Iai (Remembrance of Love) Girls High School

Iai (Remembrance of Love) Girls High School emblemIai (Remembrance of Love) Girls High School is founded 145 years ago and established 137 years ago. The oldest and historical girls high school in Hokkaido. It is a school of Protestantism. It consists of three courses, General Course, Special Academic Course and English Course. The total number of students is 699.
Studying, club activities and volunteering activities are very active in our school. Especially the voluntary work of English translation and guide for foreign visitors by cruises was welcomed the 13th year and received ‘The 7th Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award’ for the first time among the high schools in Japan 2015.
It is a student's activity to brush up their English skill by translating and guiding for the tourists and staffs arrived by cruises every year about more than 10 to 20 times.
At the beginning, it has just started for the students to learn active English and feel the joy through their experience. Now it becomes a big contribution to Hakodate city tourism and some of them became professionals like working for the airline companies, cruising companies, and working abroad as cruising staffs after their graduation.
In this opportunity to help the accompany person tour, we study and prepare well in advance and we do our best to make your trip in Hakodate memorable. We are very looking forward to meeting you.

Spring school building

Winter school building

Iai Girls High School Wind Ensemble

Adviser Mr. Kenichi Takaku
It had just about 20 members in April 2014. Since Mr. Takaku was welcomed as an adviser, the present number of the ensemble member became 130. (No.1 in Hokkaido)
Took part in ‘the All Japan high school wind ensemble contest in Yokohama’ for the second consecutive year and received ‘Federation President Prize in 2016’ and ‘Federation Head Director Prize in 2017.
Received Gold Prize at ‘Hokkaido Wind Ensemble competition in 2017’ and appeared on stage as a representative of Hokkaido at ‘All Japan Ensemble Contest, March 2018’.
Performed on TV spectacular program ‘Hirunandes’ in 2016 and all members got to be in the Japanese movie ‘P and JK’ in 2017.
As their local voluntary work, they participate in voluntary concerts actively.

Please see here for the movie of Iai girls high school wind ensemble!

Southern Hokkaido Festival on April 30, 2018

The all Japan high school wind ensemble contest in Yokohama, 2017

All Iai wind ensemble members in the Japanese movie 'P and JK' in 2017

String Quintet from NHK Symphony Orchestra members

moritaMasahiro Morita

He was born in Hokkaido, North part of Japan. He started playing the violin as early as 4, and displayed matured music talent during his college age, appearing as a guest assistant concert master of a professional orchestra in Tokyo and became a member of the NHK Symphony Orchestra after graduating from Toho Gakuen College Music Department in 1995. Vice principal of First Violins. He has studied violin with prominent players, including Mr. Koji Yamashita and Ms. Akiko Tatsumi. He played in Quartet, Quintet, and Chamber music with other member of NHK Symphony Orchestra and Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano), Sarah Chang (Violin) etc and played as a soloist with other Orchestra. Every performances earned good reputations. He is currently engaging in recording as a leader of Morita Strings for NHK TV Drama `IDATEN` etc. He is an invited lecturer of Toho Gakuen School of Music Orchestra Academy and Toho Gakuen School of music Orchestra.

mimataHaruhiko Mimata

He was born in Miyagi prefecture. He graduated from Toho Gakuen College, Music Performance Department. In 2005, he performed with Leipzig Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, he joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Vice principal of Second Violins. In 2008, he set up Hama's JACK (now a specified non-profit corporation) with his colleagues which holds the future musicians' support project "Find a Golden Egg - Soloist Audition", music projects that can be enjoyed by family, regional concerts for children and disabled people " Christmas carol "etc., they are vigorously holding music concerts and workshops. A president of Hama’s Jack, NPO corporation.

minorikawaYuya Minorikawa

He started violin at the age of 10, then turned to Viola. After graduating from Toho Gakuen Music High School, he graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department in 2003. In 2001, he started GEN Chamber Orchestra with Pianist Gen-ichiro Murakami. In February 2009, he joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In August 2011 Elements Quartet performed in Taiwan which was taken up by local media. He studied violin with Ms. Eiko Ichikawa, Viola the late Edo Junko, conductor the late Shunsaku Tsutsumi, conducting chamber music with late Aoki Takara, and others. Currently he is active as a member of the NHK Symphony Orchestra Viola player, a member of Ryota Komatsu Orquesta Tipica and Elements Quartet, and also as a conductor.

miyasakaHiroshi Miyasaka

He was born in Tokyo. Start cello from 4 and a half years.
He has appeared in project Q, Opera Project by Seiji Ozawa music school, concert caravan by Seiji Ozawa and Lostropovich, Miyazaki International Music Festival, Mito Chamber Orchestra, Karuizawa International Music Festival and etc. Graduated from the college through the music school of Toho Gakuen High School. Then he went NHK Symphony Orchestra Academy and became a cellist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Studied abroad at Hochschle fur Musik und Theater as an overseas trainee of the Affinis Cultural Foundation in 2010. He studied cello with Mr. Yo Kigoshi, Mr. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Mr. Wen-Sinn Yang.

honmaTatsuo Honma

He was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
He graduated from Toho Gakuen College as the top of the class. At the time of graduation, he performed in front of the Emperor at the Imperial Palace TOKAGAKUDO. In 2008, he joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, the Agency for Cultural Affairs dispatched him to Vienna as an emerging artist overseas delegate and studied under Mr. Herbert Mayr of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Solo Contrabassist. He won the first place in the 7th Japan Performer Competition and the third place in the 18th Takarazuka Bega Music Competition. He has studied with Mr. Mitsuo Fujisawa, Mr. Naofumi Nishida and Mr. Herbert Mayr. A part-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen College.

Shakuhachi (Japanese flute)

moritaShiba Kozan
Shakuhachi (Japanese flute)

She was born in Saitama prefecture. She started to play the piano from childhood, studying piano at high school and vocal expertise at university. While studying at university, she encountered Shakuhachi and she was aiming for a professional way. While studying at Nihon University College of Art, Music Department, Vocal music course, she formed a unit "Pia Shaku" of the piano and shakuhachi, and started playing the live house. In addition to her performance activities, she encouraged herself to compose original songs and produced the first album "Piashaku" in 2013, the second album "Bouquet" in 2014, Japanese and waltz Mini Album "Melody of the time" in 2015 co-starred with cross-genre musicians. It is expanding the place of activities. She has studied piano with Ms.Naomi Kurita, Ms. Noriko Mimura, Voice music with Ms.Nobu Sasaki, Festival Music with Mr. Tamiaki Okada, Shakuhachi with Mr. Dozan Fujiwara. As a vice principal of Tozan Shakuhachi Music Association, Shiba Music School president, and a member of Orchestra Asia Japan, she is giving lectures at schools and performances at nursing homes. She is frequently featured in media and appeared on TV Tokyo’s music program "Concert at 8 o'clock Thursday Japanese classical songs!”.