2 of the WorldSkills Competition started with visits from very special guests.
The Crown Prince of Japan visited several of the skills in the morning, talking
to and watched the Competitors in action. There was an arranged time for him
with various Workshop Supervisors. At the
other side of the Competition site, 130 VIP leaders from over 15 countries
representing government, education, training, industry and organisations arrived
to see the Competition for the first time. They were lead in small groups
throughout the site by Executive Board members, past WorldSkills Champions,
Global Sponsor Partners and dedicated volunteers.
guided tour ended at the WorldSkills Leaders Forum. The Vice Governor of
Shizuoka Prefecture gave a warm welcome to the VIPs where he expressed the
Prefecture's excitement and
gratitude for hosting the WorldSkills Competition and International Abilympics.
With 200 leaders in attendance Dr. Ji Oh Song gave a dynamic and interactive
keynote presentation on Samsung Electronics. All the VIPs were captivated by Dr.
the Competitors continued to work away on their test projects throughout the
day. With thousands of school children and general public, the Competition site
was a thriving place of activities. Everyone expressed their amazement over the
magnitude of the Competition. Mt. Fuji has also been gracing us with her
presence and provides the prefect back drop to the Competition site.
1 of the 39th WorldSkills Competition kicked of yesterday. For the first time,
the Competitors, Experts, Delegates, Observers, and visitors were together
onsite. Over 810 Competitors from 47 countries are represented in 47 skills.
There are 17 Halls spread over a large area in Numazu City. With fresh flowers
and bright signage throughout the Competition site, Japan once again shows a
warm welcome to all.
Competitors started their briefing in their Competition workshops at 9:00am.
Media and visitors are anxiously waiting to get their first glance of the
Competitors in action and finally entered the Competition Halls for the first
time at 10:00am.
schedule included finalising the test projects in all of the skills so the
Competitors were busy going over blueprints, details and layouts for their
skill. They had to set a personal plan to make sure that they accomplish their
goal of completing the test project. The test projects have been developed by
the Experts in their skill over months and months of preparation.
Competitors have been practicing and training to prefect their skills the last
several months, and today it finally starts. Once the Experts arrived onsite,
they worked together to change 30% of the test projects so that the Competitors
will have new and different twists in their test projects.
WorldSkills Competition has begun!
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Wednesday, November 14th, the 39th WorldSkills Competition
(WSC) and 7th International Abilympics (IA) kicked off with a bang at
Granship in Shizuoka City. The event was a combination of
cultural exchange and national pride for the numerous teams marching in.
With the Crown Prince in attendance, the event showcased Competitors
from both the WSC and IA marching across the stage of the main hall of Granship,
representing 61 countries/regions in total. The excitement level was high and
you could feel the mix of emotions in the atmosphere of the Competitors who were
anxiously looking forward to the days of Competition to follow. After the in
march the Competitors took their seats and were addressed by several dignitaries
including the Crown Prince.
Three Competitors and 3 Experts from the WSC
were given the opportunity to represent the rest of the Competitors and Experts
and take the Oath of integrity, impartiality, transparency and fairness. After
the Opening Ceremony, the Competitors moved to an Exchange Reception, where
Competitors from both Competitions and from all the countries/regions gathered
together to share stories of their journey, their homes and
The Competitors enjoyed the night and were also finishing
their mental preparation for the big days to come. The 39th
WorldSkills Competition is officially open!
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who was also responsible for arranging the ‘One School One Country’
program, is putting a lot of heart and effort in to celebrating the
fact that WorldSkills is in town. Among many initiatives Nu
City have taken the opportunity to welcome everyone by hosting a spectacular festival around City.
The Numazu Festival is spread over four different locations throughout November:
- Kiramesse Numazu (21st only for closing ceremony till 9:30pm)
Park is located less than a minutes walk away from the Competition site and surrounds the beautiful “
Kadoike ”. The area has been filled with exciting events
including an International/Cultural Exchange Area and a food court that
serves traditional dishes from
Japan . In the Monozukuri area you can try your hand at origami, and
wood and bamboo craft. In this area you can experience stage events,
dance, taiko drums and pay special attention to the exchange event on
November 17 & 18th. The Kadoike festival runs from November 15-18th from 9.00am-5.00pm.
We recommend to everyone to spend some time in this warm atmosphere
that has been arranged for the support of the WorldSkills event.
festival ends with a big after party at Kiramesse Numazu where the
Closing Ceremony takes place. The party will be held outside with a
stage, food stands, souvenir shop and a bar surrounding a festival
tower. This also involves the live broadcasting of the Closing
Ceremony, Festival shops, a bar and Yosakoi dancer’s.
If you wish to read more about the event, please visit: www.gokigen-numazu.com
Just before the start of the WorldSkills Competition, Monday 12th November, Kanaoka Elementary School welcomed the Dutch Team members at their School. This welcome is part of the program “One School One Country” offered by Numazu City. Also the school will visit the WorldSkills Competition site to support the Team.
It was a great welcome starting with a lunch, each Dutch team member in a different class of the school, together with all the children. Every class prepared a few questions for each candidate and although the two languages would suggest that communicating was not really easy, the children and team members had a great time together, especially when one of the team members came into the school, dressed as a lion!
After lunch, the Dutch team was welcomed in the big school hall, where all 850 children where waiting for them to perform a beautiful program. The team marched into the impressive hall while Dutch flags were waving everywhere and a famous Dutch victory song was played.
All the children of Kanaoka Elementary School made music, song, spoke and danced at their best, an impressive and warm way of welcoming a team from the other side of the world. Moreover the school really took the effort in getting to know the Dutch culture and sharing some their Japanese to the Dutch team. An overwhelming and inspiring experience of which all the Team members said that they did not know how to express their feelings and how to tell people back home, what it actually meant. An experience they, and hopefully the Japanese children of Kanaoka Elementary School, will never forget for the rest of their lives.