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“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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Hanamaki’s Strong in the Rain Initiatives

The city of Hanamaki, in Iwate, is currently registerd as a 2020 Olympic Arigato Host Town for visiting athletes and tourists from both the United States and Austria. However, with the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, and the postponement of the Olympics, Hanamaki has decided to theme its various host town initiatives around Ame ni mo Makezu (Strong in the Rain), a poem by the …

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A French Influencer promotes Fujiyoshida to the World (Finale) – Streaming –

As an Olympic Host Town for France during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Fujiyoshida City has implemented several social, economic and cultural exchange programs. As part of this effort we invited French influencer Mr. Guillaume Jamar to Fujiyoshida to participate in exchanges with the local community and spread information in a video, which has now started streaming on his YouTube channel “Ichiban Japan.” In the …

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A French Influencer promotes Fujiyoshida to the World (Part 2) – Tourism, History and Culture –

As an Olympic Host Town for France during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Fujiyoshida City has implemented several social, economic and cultural exchange programs. As part of this effort, French YouTuber Guillaume Jamar visited Fujiyoshida City to promote local tourism, history, culture, industry and education. In Part 1, we reflected on his time visiting a local junior high school, in Part 2 he tours the …

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A French Influencer promotes Fujiyoshida to the World (Part 1) – Exchange with Locals –

As an Olympic Host Town for France during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Fujiyoshida City has implemented several social, economic and cultural exchange programs. As part of this effort, the city recently invited a YouTube influencer to create a video to promote local tourism, history, culture, industry and education via social media. The purpose of this project was to create a lasting impact of the …

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International Exchange by ‘Yuru-Charas’?! Mascots from Fujisawa and El Salvador Remotely Performed Together in Dance Collaboration Videos!

  In the summer of 2021, Fujisawa City, together with Kanagawa Prefecture, will be hosting the pre-Games training camp of the delegation of El Salvador. Fujisawa, which is also a Host Town for the Salvadorian delegation, has been promoting various feasible exchanges under the Covid-19 restrictions, such as exchanging message videos. In addition to such efforts, Fujisawa City and the Embassy of Japan in El Salvador …

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Host Town Friendship Programme with the Czech Republic

Kochi prefecture is registered as the host town for the Czech Republic. We will host their Pre-Games training camps for “Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” in 2021 in the prefecture. In order to familiarise people with the Czech Republic, we are holding a commemorative exhibition to gather momentum towards Tokyo 2020 Games and create long-lasting exchange programmes and relationships with the Czech Republic as the …

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Students getting closer through the Australian Olympic Connect Tomodachi 2020 Pilot Program!

On September 3, 2020, eight middle school students from Kamaishi City participated in a workshop hosted by the Australian Olympic Committee for their Australian Olympic Connect Tomodachi 2020 Pilot Program. This program is conducted as a trial in anticipation of, although the event has been postponed to year 2021, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and aims to promote cultural and international exchanges between 20 …

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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019~Extra②】

Fujiyoshida City has served as the training camp for the French National Team during both the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has developed several Host Town exchange programs leading up to both events. We’ve introduced several of our exchanges and events on this site, but we still often get questions from locals such as “what is a Host Town anyway?” or …

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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019~Extra①】

Fujiyoshida City was registered as the Olympic Host Town for France in June 2016 and has worked toward preparations for the French National Rugby Sevens’ pre-training camp leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (See the 8 part series detailing the various efforts here.) In this post, we have included an additional anecdote from our time hosting the French National team during the 2019 Rugby …

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