Visiting Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata with the Ambassador
Hello readers, this is our first post on the Yayasan Warga Persahabatan blog. In this first post we have a little story about our experience in visiting Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata, which was attended by many descendants of the Japanese members of Yayasan Warga Persahabatan, and we invited the Honorable from the Embassy, the current Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Kanasugi Kenji .
The main event today is of course visiting the Taman Makam Pahlawan, which is in Kalibata, Jakarta. By still adhering to health protocols during this pandemic, especially the use of masks for every visitor, there we visited the graves of many Japanese people who died and were named Heroes by the Indonesian State, especially during the Indonesian National Independence era. The names of the people whose graves we visited certainly have an important history in the Republic of Indonesia, that's why they are buried here. Led by Mr. Heru Santoso Eto and inviting the Embassy, especially Mr. Ambassador Kanasugi Kenji and his wife, and followed by many members of our Foundation's Japanese-Indonesian generations at that time, we walked along and around the very large Taman Makam Pahlawan, while brought baskets filled with flowers to be sprinkled on the graves of the heroes we visited and accompanied by a short prayer together near the area of each of their graves.
The event to visit Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata lasted for approximately 2 hours from 09.00 to 11.00 before we finally finished and left the Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata Area, and of course ended with a photo session with the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Mr. Kanasugi Kenji and his wife , to document the end of the main event of the Friendship Foundation in visiting the Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata, which is actually not the first time because this event is usually held annually. But yes, this is the first time that our organization has invited Mr. Kanasugi Kenji, because he has only served as the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia in 2021, replacing the former Ambassador before.
After visiting the Heroes' Cemetery, many of the descendants continued to return to their respective homes. However, there were several other members who continued the event by inviting the Embassy to visit the office of the Warga Persahabatan Foundation in Tebet for a meeting with several internal members of the Warga Persahabatan Foundation. We were there talking about many things, especially regarding the introduction of the Japanese Former Soldier History Gallery project, which is the main focus of the Foundation's current project, which is to massively renovate the Friendship Foundation's headquarters building in Tebet, and at the same time it is also a review activity. the existing project location from the embassy. This meeting was chaired by Mr. Heru Santoso Eto, and attended by several internal members of the Friendship Foundation, and of course the Embassy of Japan and Indonesia who we invited to the meeting. The meeting did not last too long, the duration of the meeting was about half an hour to an hour in the meeting room of the Tebet Friendship Foundation office.