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

International Exchange

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

Iwate Prefecture

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 a video letter featuring places in Morioka, such as the totem pole at the Castle Site Park, as well as places related to Nitobe Inazo where Canadian ties can be found, a fully-blossomed Ishiwarizakura (Rock-Splitting Cherry Blossom Tree), and other various sides of spring in Morioka.

Video link:  “Spring ~The sakura has bloomed in Morioka~”

The Canadian Water Polo team, having held a training camp in Morioka in 2018, responded by expressing their appreciation for the video letter and sending words of encouragement from each player.

Video link:  “Thank you Morioka [Message from Water Polo Canada]”

As a response, in the city’s second video letter, staff from the pre-game training camp facilities shared their excitement to meet the Canadian national team, with a montage of sakura trees at the Morioka Castle Site Park and the Takamatsu Pond Park, koinobori at a local shrine, and more.

Video link:  “Goal! ~ Our stadium and pool are waiting for you too!~”

The city plans to continue with this face-to-face relationship by creating a new video letter each month.


Sports Tourism Sec.
Morioka City Office
TEL: 019-603-8009
(Inquiries in English or Japanese)


Office of International Affairs
Department of Homeland Promotion
Iwate Prefectural Government
TEL: 019-629-5764
(Inquiries in English or Japanese)


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