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Hanamaki in northern Japan cheers on the United States, its “Arigato” Host Town Partner, with an exchange event

On November 3rd, 2019 (Sun), Hanamaki City in Iwate, northern Japan, held a special exchange event for elementary students and English teachers from the United States. Participants learned about the Tokyo 2020 Host Town Initiative as well as American sports culture, and then worked together to create banners to cheer on American athletes.     Hanamaki is the “Arigato” Host Town to the United States for …

Culture/Tourism/Food

Students in Morioka, northern Japan, to use GAP-foods to show Team Canada that “omotenashi” spirit

-Applying to the GAP-Foods Omotenashi (Hospitality) Contest as a project team- Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, is the designated host town to Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. They recently teamed up with Morioka Agricultural High School to form a project team for the GAP-Foods Omotenashi Contest. This contest is being held to showcase recipes that use GAP foods, which are …

International Exchange

Australian elementary students travel to their “Arigato” Host Town, Kamaishi City in Iwate, northern Japan

From November 14 – 19, 2019, Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, will welcome seven Australian elementary students to their city. This is part of the “Arigato” Host Town project, as Austalia is partnered with Kamaishi. As Kamaishi hosted one of the Rugby World Cup 2019 ™ games, the students will participate in a huge competition of tag rugby along with elementary schools of Kamaishi! …

International Exchange

Iwate and Fukushima to promote the Tokyo 2020 “ARIGATO” Host Town Initiative at LA’s JAPAN HOUSE

With one year left until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Japan is hard at work preparing for this massive event. Part of those preparations include the Host Town Initiative, a Japanese government project that encourages sporting, cultural, and educational exchange between participating countries and their respective Host Towns throughout Japan.  In northern Japan, Hanamaki City and Ofunato City of Iwate Prefecture, and Kitakata City and …

International Exchange

See an exhibition match between Rugby Canada and Japan Sevens Development Squad in MORIOKA, northern Japan!

Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture (northern Japan) is an official Host Town to Canada for the 2020 Olympics, and on September 7th, 2019, the city will be host to an exhibition match between Rugby Canada Women’s Sevens and Japan Women’s SDS (Sevens Development Squad). Olympic-level rugby is played with seven players on the same sized field (as opposed to fifteen with professional rugby), so teams need …

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