On July 18, 2018, H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, paid an official visit to Arakawa Museum of Aqua on the occasion of the celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the museum, which has a sister agreement with the Panama Canal Interoceanic Museum since the year of 2000.
Ambassador Diaz was received by Mr. Yosota Hanakawa, Mayor of Kita district (where this museum is located), Mr. Taiji Arakawa, Director of Arakawa Museum of Aqua, accompanied by children from different primary schools of Kita district.
Mayor Arakawa expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Diaz for his visit, mentioning the historical relationship between Panama and Japan through Akira Aoyama, a Japanese engineer who participated in the Panama Canal construction between the years 1904 to 1911.
Ambassador Diaz also extended his gratitude for the warm reception upon his arrival to the museum, pointing out the importance of the museum for the residents of Kita district of Tokyo as a source of information of the Panama Canal, as well as of the Arakawa River. After his greetings, Ambassador Diaz placed a flower arrangement con the top of the monument in the honor of the memory of Akira Aoyama.
Afterwards, Ambassador Diaz took a tour at the museum, observing the exhibition about Panama Canal construction and the contribution of Mr. Akira Aoyama. Mr. Aoyama worked at the construction of the Panama Canal, and upon his return to Japan applied the new technique to create a canalization system which stopped the constant floods in Tokyo, caused by the Arakawa River.
The visit concluded with a meeting between Ambassador Diaz, the Mayor of Kita District and the Director of the Museum, where Ambassador mentioned that the Arakawa Museum of Aqua is an important symbol to connect Panama and Japan culturally and historically, expressing his congratulations for the twenty years of the museum.