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Cultural exchange through video letters between Morioka and the Canadian Olympic team

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games postponed and in-person events with the Canadian Olympic national team (Rugby Sevens & Water Polo) unable to be held due to the novel coronavirus situation, the city of Morioka has launched a new type of exchange, as a method to continue host town relations, by sending each other video letters via social media. In April, the city created …

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Hachimantai City and Rwanda – An international exchange through sports and the Japanese gentian flower

Hachimantai City is where the Rwandan Olympic team will stay as their host town during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Cultural exchanges between the two regions began when they were experimenting the growth of the Japanese gentian on Rwandan soil, which eventually lead to Hachimantai City being selected as the host town for Rwanda. In order to promote international exchanges with Rwanda, the city …

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Austrian Harp Performance and US Athlete-Led Figure Skating Class Held in Hanamaki

        Hanamaki, a city in Iwate that has been registered as an Arigato Host Town for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, is set to welcome athletes from both the United States and Austria as part of the host town initiative, a program that it applied for in part as a way to express appreciation for all of the messages of support, as well as …

Local Initiatives

A forum held to bring about a more inclusive society in Tono, northern Japan

Tono has been designated a Inclusive Society Host Town for the 2020 Olympic games. They’re aiming to drum up enthusiasm the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, as well as create a harmonious society that breaks down barriers both physically and mentally – where anyone can live comfortably, regardless of disabilities. In order to bring this about, a “Inclusive Society Forum in Tono” was held in …

International Exchange

Sharing Paraguay with the people of Ichinohe in northern Japan

Ichinohe, a small town in northern Iwate Prefecture, is delighted to be the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Host Town to Paraguay. Ichinohe has been linked to Paraguay ever since immigrants from Ichinohe had gone to the South American country for agricultural work in the Showa period (1938-1989). Even today, exchange continues between their descendents and the people of Ichinohe, which led to the town pledging to become …

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Dishes of the Netherlands – served in Yamada Town, northern Japan!

  Yamada, a town on the coast of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Arigato Host Town to the Netherlands. Yamada and the Netherlands have had a bond of a long time – in the Edo period, there is evidence that there was a boat from the Netherlands that had an exchange with Yamada. That spot, an uninhabited island in the middle …

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Morioka City in northern Japan signs agreement with Republic of Mali to hold a training camp for Mali’s judo team for the 2020 Olympics

Morioka City, the capital of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, is the host town of Mali. On January 21st, 2020, the city signed an agreement with the Judo Federation of Mali to hold a training camp for the team before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At a signing ceremony, Ms. Murakami Kazue, a representative of CARA (West Africa Rural Self-Support Cooperation Association) stood in for the Director …

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A day of German cooking and learning in Shizukuishi, northern Japan

Shizukuishi Town, a small town in Iwate, northern Japan, held a German Cooking Class and Culture Seminar in order for residents to learn more about Germany, its host town partner for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.     German chef Markus Bos taught residents how to make Japanese food for German tastes, with dishes like fried pork rolls with green shiso leaves and miso, …

International Exchange

The ambassador of Japan to Namibia visits its Olympic host town Miyako City

On December 12th, H.E. Hideaki Harada, the Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, visited the country’s Olympic Host Town, Miyako City of Iwate Prefecture, to give a talk on Namibia. In all, 180 local middle school students and teachers gathered to learn about the country’s culture and people, as well as the work of Japan’s diplomats.   “We hope to expand relations between Japan and Namibia in …

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The northern coastal town of Noda welcomes a track & field star, an actress, and other influencers from Taiwan

Noda, a small coastal town in Iwate Prefecture, invited Taiwanese actress Mia, as well as track & field star Chen Ping Feng and other athletes on November 29 and 30, 2019. These influencers toured the town and took part in fun activities, in hopes of improving Noda’s profile as a tourist spot. Iwate Hanamaki Airport, with service to Taipei, is only about 2 and a half …

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