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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 …

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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, …

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Presentation at Yoshida Junior High School by Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JOC Partner City Designation One Year Anniversary Commemoration Event)

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. As part of a series of commemorative events in celebration the one year anniversary of the city’s designation, local Olympian (London Olympic gold medalist in the freestyle wresting 66kg weight class) Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu was invited to speak to students at two of his alma maters Yoshida Elementary School …

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Presentation at Yoshida Elementary School by Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JOC Partner City Designation One Year Anniversary Commemoration Event)

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. As part of a series of commemorative events in celebration the one year anniversary of the city’s designation, local Olympian (London Olympic gold medalist in the freestyle wresting 66kg weight class) Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu was invited to speak to students at his alma mater Yoshida Elementary School. Titled “Learning …

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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 …

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Ichinohe Town and Paraguay signs an agreement to hold a training camp

The town of Ichinohe, located in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture, is the host town of the Republic of Paraguay for the 2020 Olympics. On November 19, 2020 (Thu), Raul Florentin-Antola, Paraguay’s ambassador to Japan appointed by the Paralympic Committee, visited the Ichinohe Town Hall to meet with Ichinohe Mayor Tanaka and signed an agreement to conduct a pre-game training camp for the Tokyo Paralympic …

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Elementary students in Ichinohe created a universal design map

The town of Ichinohe, located in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture, is the host town of the Republic of Paraguay for the 2020 Olympics. On September 24, 2020, all 32 fourth-grade students in the Ichinohe Elementary School worked together to create a universal design map by checking the accessibility of various facilities around the town. They checked various areas such as the pools in their …

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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 …

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To realize a society in which all people can support each other ~“Inclusive Society Forum in Tono” Event Report~

The “Inclusive Society Forum in Tono” was held on January 31st, 2021 (Sun), which included a stage event with an award ceremony and presentation of projects under the theme of promoting an inclusive society. Participants of all ages, gender, nationality, and disability were also welcome to enjoy the various booths with activities related to sports and multicultural understanding set up for the event. With Tono being …

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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 …

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