Archive for March, 2015

Tottori City

March 31, 2015 – 

In 2008, Tottori Prefecture established a memorandum of understanding regarding international friendship with Vermont and has since been engaging activities such as youth exchange. Municipalities within the prefecture have established sister relations with regions in the United States: Yurihama Town … » READ MORE

Shizuoka City

March 30, 2015 – 

Every June in Shizuoka, a joint American-Japanese ceremony is held to commemorate the souls of those who lost their lives in air raids in Shizuoka during World War II, including the crew of a crashed B-2. Usually, the relatives of … » READ MORE

Kurume City: Ishibashi Cultural Center, Urayama Park and JR Nishiguchi Park

March 28, 2015 – 

Kurume began its sister city relationship with Modesto, California in 1992. For over two decades, the two cities have engaged in numerous and annual exchanges, strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship.  Each summer, 10 students from Kurume travel to Modesto and 10 … » READ MORE

Okinawa Prefectural Park, Nago Central Park, & Park Resource Research Center

March 28, 2015 – 

In recent years, Okinawa Prefecture has given Taiwan Cherry trees to the U.S. Government as a symbol of friendship. To reciprocate this thoughtful gift, 150 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted in Okinawa Prefecture in March 2015. The mutual gifting … » READ MORE


March 25, 2015 – 

On March 25th, 2015, 30 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted at Munakata YURIX, the largest public multi-purpose complex facility and area in Munakata City. Munakata YURIX is the city’s symbol facility and over 1 million people visit it annually. … » READ MORE

Remembering 3/11 and Honoring Our Order of the Rising Sun Recipients

March 11, 2015 – 

Congratulations to U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission member Congressman James A. McDermott (D-WA) and past member former Congressman Thomas Evert Petri (R-WI) along with Congressman Frank James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for receiving the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold … » READ MORE

Tosashimizu City

March 11, 2015 – 

On Februaru 8, 2015, 20 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted at Tosashimizu Park in Tosashimizu City, Kochi Prefecture. As the birthplace of John Manjiro, a pioneer of U.S.-Japan relations, Kochi Prefecture has undertaken to maintain and develop the friendship … » READ MORE

A Year in Japan for Derek Yamashita

March 9, 2015 – 

Derek Yamashita of the University of California, Santa Barbara studied for a year as a Robert Grondine Memorial Fund Bridging Scholar at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.  He beautifully captures his year of study, internship, and volunteerism in Japan » READ MORE

Iwakuni City

March 7, 2015 – 

After more than 60 years, the relationship between the U.S. military base and local citizens in Iwakuni continues to flourish and is firmly rooted in mutual understanding and respect for each other’s similarities and differences. The planting of Friendship Blossoms … » READ MORE