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High school students in Morioka got to try food from Mali

The city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, is the only city in Japan registered as a host town for the Republic of Mali. The city will also host a training camp for the sports of judo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.On December 17, 2020, six students from the Morioka Daini High School were able to enjoy a taste of Malian cuisine, such as …


Miyako students enjoy Namibian cuisine

Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture is designated as a host town for Republic of Namibia. On December 10, 2020, Namibian dish of “schnitzel” made with pork was served at school lunch. All elementary and junior high school students in Miyako enjoyed Namibian dish. Sakiyama Junior High School invited Mrs. Frederika Sasaki, a native of Namibia, as a cultural lecturer for the class about the climate, cuisine, …


JOC Street Banners in Celebration of One Year Anniversary of the JOC Partner City Designation

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. This designation comes on the heels of 4 years of the city’s implementation of the “JOC Olympic Workshop” a central part of the Olympic Movement and its commitment to continuing to support the Olympic movement while promoting sports in the long term. The street banners were created in …


A big THANK YOU from Iwate’s host towns to the world for their support in our reconstruction ~We are all, one world/ Light Up HOST TOWN Project~

For the third round of the “We are all, one world/ Light Up HOST TOWN Project”, the host towns of Iwate will publish a video for their partner countries and regions using a sketchbook to display messages of support, which will be posted on the host town exclusive website set up by the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan. We have received an outpouring of support from around …


Host Town Project: An illumination motif of the Irish flag in Iwate Town

The town of Iwate in Iwate Prefecture, northern Tohoku, is the host town for the Irish national team during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. When the 25th National Sports Festival was held in Iwate in 1970, the town was in charge of hosting a game of ice hockey. Since then, it became the designated sport of the town. With Ireland being one of the top …


Yahaba-Nagai-Nasushiobara’s Joint Food Fair offers “Austrian Omotenashi (Hospitality) Menu”!

In February 2020, through a mutual interest in music, the town of Yahaba in Iwate Prefecture became a host town for the Republic of Austria as part of the Thank You for the Reconstruction Host Town Project for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The town aims to promote various host town activities with Austria by collaborating with other host towns of the country – Nagai …


“Fujiyoshida 2020 Host Town Promotion Exhibition – Omoide France”

As the Olympic Host Town for the France national rugby team during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Fujiyoshida City is striving not only to get the public excited about the games but to also leave a lasting legacy by developing a wide range of exchange opportunities. As part of this effort, from December 1, 2020 through December 27, 2020, Fujiyoshida City implemented “Fujiyoshida 2020 Host …


France Photo Contest!

As part of the Host Town initiative, the city of Fujiyoshida organized the “France Photo Contest” marking one year to the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games. The contest was implemented not only as a means of encouraging public interest in France and the Olympic games, but also as tool for publicity, advertisement and promotion.The theme of the contest was “connections of the heart that bond …


Omotenashi Fujiyoshida Host Town Conversation Handbook

Fujiyoshida City will welcome players and members of the French Rugby Federation as the training site for the French National Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens teams leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. Subsequently it is expected that large numbers of international tourists will visit Mt. Fuji, Arakurayama Sengen Park and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. 【Mount Fuji from Arakurayama Sengen Park】【Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen …


“KOALA CAMP” We deepened exchanges by connecting Australia-Tokyo-Kamaishi online!

On December 19, 2020, Kamaishi City participated in the “KOALA CAMP” sponsored by KOALA CAMP PROJECT. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Australia has continued to provide support to Kamaishi City, and in November 2017, Kamaishi City was registered as an “Arigato” Host Town for supporting reconstruciton with Ausutraila as its partner country, and mainly engaged in youth exchange activities. The bond between the two has …

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