Ecuador and Japan have more similar things that people would think.
Both countries share volcanic geology that in daily life our people
enjoy in thermal baths, called onsen in Japan. Travellers get surprised
for the similar shapes of our Cotopaxi volcano and the Fuji Mountain.
The Andean music has the same musical scale and shares the same
characteristics with Japanese traditional music. The ancient pottery
elaborated by Japanese Jomon culture and Ecuadorian Valdivia culture,
have maternity as their central representation. The handicrafts,
popular festivals and gastronomy have evident coincidences, as well as
the contents of literature and plastic art.
I like to think that both countries are neighbors, united by the
Pacific Ocean. And that the reach political, cultural, economic and
cooperation for development that we maintain since long decades ago,
are the product of 90 years of diplomatic relations that we commemorate
in 2008. And that as a result of our wishes of achieving peace and
sustainable development we guide the actions of the international