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The Councilor for Culture, David Martínez gives the authorities of Taketa, in Japan, a size of San Francisco Javier, work of Juan José Quirós (25/10/2019)

Martínez has traveled to Japan with a group of residents from San Javier and Murcia to begin an exchange process between San Javier and Taketa, the last place that the Navarrese missionary went through during his stay in Japan in the 16th century

The Councilor for Culture, David Martínez has delivered to the authorities of the city of Taketa, in Japan, a reproduction of the San Francisco Javier that presides over the Plaza de España of San Javier, made by the sculptor Juan Quirós, as a symbol of the twinning process started between the two cities with San Francisco Javier as a link.

David Martínez has traveled to Japan as a municipal representative along with a commission organized from the Parish of San Javier to begin the twinning process promoted from Japan by Father Fontes.

The Murcian Jesuit has been commissioned to value the existing Christian vestiges in Taketa, the last city in which San Francisco Javier was during his evangelical stay in Japan before leaving for India.

This circumstance made him think of an exchange of Taketa with San Javier, which will be formalized with the visit of a Japanese commission to San Javier in the spring of 2020.

Father Fontes accompanied the mayor of Culture, David Martínez and the Murcian delegation in his visit to the City Council of Taketa where they were received by the mayor of the city and the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Prefecture of Oita to which Taketa belongs, to Start an exchange between the two cities that also aims to promote tourism and commercial relations.

David Martínez took a video with an institutional message from the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, the pastor of San Javier, Juan Prieto and the president of the Knights of Javier, David San Nicolás.

After the exchange of gifts, the Taketa authorities offered a cultural visit to the city with special attention to the steps of San Francisco Javier and the caves that the ancient Christians dug in the surrounding mountains where he hid to practice his religion after the imposition of the Buddhism and Shintoism as the only religions in the seventeenth century.

San Javier joins the “Mental Health and Culture” project promoted by the Mental Health Center of Los Arcos Hospital

The San Javier library, together with the rest of the Mar Menor region, will be an active part of the initiative that includes multiple actions open to the public

On October 24th, the Project for the Mar Menor Region, at the initiative of the Mental Health Center of the Los Arcos Hospital, MENTAL HEALTH AND CULTURE, in which libraries are especially involved, was presented at the La Encarnación Hotel-Balneario from San Javier, San Pedro, Los Alcázares and Torre-Pacheco, AFEMAR, other cultural agents of the Mar Menor region, through a call open to all interested public.

"Mental health and culture" aims to gain a space for reflection on this binomial, creating discussion groups or open digital forums on Facebook and WhatsApp fundamentally, as well as dissemination tools such as a YouTube channel, a Facebbok page and Twitter account and on Instagram.

In addition, concrete programs such as film cycles, meetings with authors, workshops and others that are proposed will be developed.

One of the first actions to be developed from "Mental health and culture" is a cycle of meetings with authors under the title "Read to feel, feel to live", so that through the reading of their books, in the that the authors and professionals of the mental health area will participate, facilitate an intellectual and collective digestion of grieving issues.

The books of the cycle can be borrowed in the libraries of the Mar Menor region or purchased at local bookstores.

This is the program:

On Vernes November 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Torre Pacheco Library with the psychoanalyst Lola López Mondejar to talk about his book "My unfortunate love" and treat motherhood.

On Friday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the San Javier Library with the Buddhist teacher Dokusô Villalba, to talk about his book “Full Attention” and treat loss, uncertainty, health and illness.

On Friday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the San Pedro Library with editor Jan J. Marti to talk about his book "When love had no name" and discuss the forms of love, identity and desire.

On Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Library of Los Alcázares with Professor Diego López Aguilar to discuss his book "Factbook: The Book of Facts" and address the crisis of reality

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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