1. General Meetings and Board Meetings

(1) The 1st Board Meeting, General Meeting and Concert

Date Wed, May 27, 2015
Place Nagoya City Civic Reception House
Participants 53
Details We approved the FY 2014 Business Report and Income/Expenditure Report and deliberated on the FY 2015 Business Plan and Income/Expenditure Budget. In tribute to the 10th anniversary of our sister-city relationship with Torino, an accordionist from Piemonte, Italy gave a performance.

(2) The 2nd Board Meeting

Date Thu, February 18, 2016
Place Nagoya City Civic Reception House
Participants 21
Details We deliberated on the outline of the FY 2016 Business Plan and Income/Expenditure Budget Proposal Plan, and reported on the Commemorative Project for the 10th Anniversary of Nagoya-Torino sister city relationship and the 35th Anniversary of Nagoya-Sydney sister city relationship.

2. Commemorative Projects for the 10th Anniversary of Nagoya-Torino Sister City Relationship

(1) Exhibition “The Charm of Torino”

Dates April - September, 2015
Place Department Stores and a Shopping Mall
Details Panels, banners and goods exhibition introducing Torino and its charm.

(2) Concert

Date Wed, May 27, 2015
Place Nagoya City Civic Reception House
Participants 48
Details Accordion Concert of Italian music by Mr. Angelo Aquilini.

(3) Seminar “Buona sera! Italy and Torino Evening”(co-hosted by Nagoya International Center)

Dates Wed, July 15, Wed, July 22 and Wed, July 29, 2015
Place Nagoya International Center
Participants 186 in total
Details Seminar on Italian language and Culture by Dr. Eng. Takayoshi Aoki at Graduate School of Design & Architecture, Nagoya City University and Mr. Enrico Micheletti, a student of Graduate School of Nagoya City University.

(4) Nagoya Day in Torino

Date Sun, August 2, 2015
Place Piazza Carignano (Torino)
Visitors Around 8,000
Details Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai Samurai Performance, Shamisen stringed instrument & taiko drums and calligraphy performances on stage. Workshop Booths featured calligraphy and tie-dying. Samples of Nagoya Cuisine were served.

(5) Gift Donation Ceremony

Date Sun, August 2, 2015
Place Museo d’Arte Orientale (Torino)
Participants Around 100
Details Ceremony for 10th Commemorative gift, Arimatsu Narumi tie-dyed Furisode Kimono from Nagoya to Torino Oriental Art Museum.

(6) Concert “Torino and Nagoya, connected by Violins”(co-hosted by Nagoya Culture Promotion Organization)

Date Fri, August 7, 2015
Place Nakagawa cultural small theater
Visitors 330
Details Torino-made Violin Concert by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Master Masaaki Tanokura. Masterpieces related to Italy by Mr. Tanokura, introduction of violin manufacture in Torino and Nagoya.

(7) Sister City Festival 2015

Dates Sat, October 17 and Sun, October 18, 2015
Place Oasis 21, Galaxy Platform
Visitors Around 24,200 in total
Details Stage events related to Nagoya’s sister cities, with performances including a dance performance by the the Los Angeles Nisei Week Queen and Court, performances of Italian musical instruments, accordion and mandolin and Australian traditional instrument and a booth introducing Nagoya’s sister cities were exhibited.

3. Commemorative Projects for the 35th Anniversary of Nagoya-Sydney Sister City Relationship

(1) Special Stage at World Cosplay Summit 2015

Date Sat, August 1, 2015
Place Oasis 21, Galaxy Platform
Details Song performance by Karaoke Champion in Australia and talk show about music, culture and sister city relationship.

(2) Nagoya-Sydney Running Festival

Date Sun, September 20, 2015
Place Shonai Ryokuchi Park
Participants 613
Details Quarter and Relay marathon were held on the same day as Sydney Marathon. Didgeridoo, Aboriginal instrument performance & workshop and talk show by students from Australia and runners sent to Sydney Marathon 2014 were also held.

(3) Tree Planting Ceremony

Date Fri, October 16, 2015
Place Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Participants 35
Details Callistemon trees were donated by City of Sydney and planted in Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens in the presence of two City Councillors from City of Sydney.

(4) Sister City Festival 2015 (same as “2-(7)”)

Dates Sat, October 17 and Sun, October 18, 2015
Place Oasis 21, Galaxy Platform
Visitors Around 24,200 in total
Details Stage events related to Nagoya’s sister cities, with performances including a dance performance by the the Los Angeles Nisei Week Queen and Court, performances of Italian musical instruments, accordion and mandolin and Australian traditional instrument and a booth introducing Nagoya’s sister cities were exhibited.

(5) Nagoya Day in Sydney

Date Sun, November 1, 2015
Place Hyde Park (Sydney)
Visitors Around 1,200
Details Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai Samurai Performance, Nishikawa-ryu Classical Japanese Dance Performance, Group singing and Cosplay contest on stage. Workshop Booths featured tea-ceremony and Japanese culture. Samples of Nagoya Cuisine were served. Taronga zoo brought their mobile zoo.

(6) Tree Planting Ceremony

Date Mon, November 2, 2015
Place Nagoya Garden in Hyde Park (Sydney)
Participants Around 30
Details 9 Camellia Sasanqua trees were planted in Nagoya Garden of Hyde Park as the 35th commemoration gift from Nagoya.

(7) Matsuri in Sydney 2015

Date Sat, November 7, 2015
Place Darling Harbor (Sydney)
Visitors Around 20,000
Details Promoted Nagoya for tourism and sister city exchange in the biggest Japanese Festival in Sydney.

(8) Seminar “Good Day, Mate! Buona sera! City with Diversity, Sydney”(co-hosted by Nagoya International Center)

Dates Wed, January 13, Wed, January 20 and Wed, January 27, 2016
Place Nagoya International Center
Participants 135 in total
Details Seminar on Australian History and Multicultural Coexistence by Prof. Satoshi Hamashima at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and Assoc. Prof. Ryogo Abe at Aichi University of Education.

4. Other Activities

(1) Los Angeles High School Student Exchange Program and Japan-Mexico Academy (Liceo Mexicano Japones) Welcome & Exchange Party

Date Tue, July 14, 2015
Place Nagoya International Center Annex Hall
Participants 204 (including 4 Los Angeles exchange students & a chaperon and 20 Japan-Mexico Academy Students & 4 counselors)
Details A welcome and exchange party on the occasion of students from Los Angeles and the Liceo Mexicano Japones in Mexico visiting Nagoya. The party featured dancing from dance club students at Yamada High School, singing and dancing performances from the Los Angeles exchange students and a traditional dance from Liceo Mexicano Japones students.

(2) Mexico Exchange Party (co-hosted by Ohkagakuen University)

Date Sat, September 26, 2015
Place Nagoya International Center Annex Hall
Participants 132
Details Mexican students studying in Nagoya, Japanese students studying Spanish, Staff of companies which have expanded into Mexico and Nagoya citizens enjoyed conversation and built intimacy with Mexican music, Mexican cuisine and some drinks in the presence of Mexican Ambassador to Japan.

(3) Sister and Friendship Cities Goodwill Missions Welcome Reception

Date Fri, October 16, 2015
Place Westin Nagoya Castle, 2nd Floor, Tenshu Room
Participants 185 (including 60 from Sister and Friendship Cities Goodwill Missions)
Details Welcome reception party for the Sister and Friendship Cities Goodwill Missions who came to Japan for the Nagoya Festival and Sister City Festival 2015.

(4) The 37th Sister and Friendship Cities Children’s Art Exhibition (co-held by Nagoya City Board of Education)

Dates Wed, November 18 - Mon, November 23, 2015
Place Nagoya City Museum, 3rd Floor Gallery
Visitors 35,196
Details The Nagoya City Board of Education and the Nagoya Sister Cities Association worked together to open an exhibition featuring children’s art from Nagoya’s sister and friendship cities. The exhibition also featured panels introducing the sister and friendship cities, allowing Nagoya citizens to cultivate a deeper understanding towards them.

(5) Christmas Party (co-held by Nagoya Japan-Australia-New Zealand Society)

Date Wed, December 2, 2015
Place Meitetsu New Grand Hotel, 7th Floor, Tsubaki Room
Participants 99
Details We held a Christmas Party together with Nagoya Japan-Australia-New Zealand Society, where we were able to deepen understanding toward Sydney and Australia and advance exchange between the members of our respective associations.

(6) Japan-China Friendship New Year’s Gathering (co-held by Japan-China Friendship Association of Aichi (NPO) and Japan-China Friendship Association of Nagoya)

Date Wed, January 27, 2016
Place International Hotel Nagoya, 2nd Floor, Oimatsu Room
Participants 121
Details We held Japan-China Friendship New Year’s Gathering together with Japan-China Friendship Association of Aichi (NPO) and Japan-China Friendship Association of Nagoya, allowing participants to cultivate a deeper understanding of Nanjing and China.

(7) Reception of Goodwill Delegations from Sister Cities

Dates As needed

(8) Nagoya Sister Cities Association Website Operation

Details Providing information and promotions for the various activities of the Nagoya Sister Cities Association.

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