Promoting culture, mutual understanding and tourism between Johor and Japan through golf
Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort and the Aomori Royal Golf Club in Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate an inter-regional members’ cross-golfing privilege programme.
Representing the Aomori Royal Golf Club in the signing ceremony was its Chairman, Kenji Maeda, and the Club’s Director General, Katsuhiko Fujita, while Ivan Teo, General Manager of Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort represented the Malaysian Club.
“The MoU marks a strategic affiliation between both our clubs not only to facilitate an inter-regional members’ cross-golfing privilege programme but to ultimately promote both countries’ culture and tourism through golf,” said Teo, who also heads various travel and hospitality NGOs as the Chairman of The Johor Tourist Association for the 2018 term.
The MoU was organised in conjunction with Dato’ Dr Siow Kuang Ling’s “Momiji Golf & Autumn Hirosaki” Charity Photo Exhibition.
In a statement, Dato’ Dr Siow who is also the Chairman of JAGAM (Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia) expressed his love for golf in Japan particularly in the month of October and would take the opportunity to photograph the natural autumn colours of Japan’s flora and fauna.
Through a special art technique, Dato’ Dr Siow converted the photographs to look like brush paintings and these art pieces totalling 36 were on display at Ponderosa’s lobby from 24th February to 4th March 2018. The art pieces were for sale at RM2,000 per piece with the dual intention of raising funds for charity at the same time for the purchase of permanent premises for JAGAM.
The Aomori Japanese Club is designed around the slopes of Ajara Mountain with a view of Mt Iwaki. Aomori City is located at the northern most prefectures on the main island of Japan. The facilities also include a practice range and accommodation provided by the Aomori Royal Hotel, which is endowed with a hot spring ‘onsen’.