Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Japan and its history is about 162 years long. Hence, to promote the thought of filial piety, CPFWP-Japan had organized a writing competition for elementary, middle, and high school students with a topic of “A Letter to Parents” to show their filial heart towards parents.
CPFWP-Japan had received over 45 letters from the students before the event, nine students’ writing letter was finalized to be awarded for the best writing and outstanding writing letters. 2021 International Filial Piety Event in Yokohama was held at Yokohama Doll Museum, Akaikutsu theater on 22nd of May 2021. The writing essay competition award ceremony was held in conjunction with an international webinar on the topic of “Creating a New World Culture through Filial Piety”. Over 1300 people from 10 different countries had participants in the event online and were moved by the filial heart of the students while reading their letters to their parents.
According to Prof. Yoshihiro Noguchi, during the Meiji era, the Japanese practice filial piety not only to parents but also to Emperor. Unfortunately until today, the government no longer emphasized the importance of filial piety. So, he strongly agrees that the teaching of filial piety should be practiced from a young age.