Bay Area rings bells for 75th anniversary of atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Bay Area in Northern California partook in the U.S. Japan Sister Cities Bell Ringing Ceremony this year, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their local news channel wrote about their event, along with an interview of people who were directly affected by the bombings in Japan. See below for the article, or click on this link here. SAN FRANCISCO - The 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima was marked with a ceremony in Japan at 8:15 a.m., the moment of the world's first nuclear attack on ...

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Santa Barbara joins sister city Toba, Japan for bell-ringing display of unity

Santa Barbara joined its sister city Toba, Japan, for bell-ringing to display their unity on August 5, 2020.  They were displayed in their local news outlet, explaining the event and those who participated. See below to see their post, or click on this link to view the news post and video. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara and its sister city Toba, Japan came together Wednesday for a display of unity. Leaders from Santa Barbara and the Sister Cities International Board of Directors met via Zoom with city leaders from Toba, before the groups on opposite ...

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San Antonio, Texas and Gwangju, South Korea put together “First Virtual Pitch”

Embassy Seoul, South Korea put together a "virtual first pitch" with San Antonio TX snd Gwangju, South Korea. They worked with the two cities, along with Gwangju's KIA Tigers baseball team to put together the "virtual first pitch" for this Sunday, July 19th, 2020. Korean teams have been playing without fans actually in the stadium, hence the "virtual first pitch" between the Mayors of the two cities. It was broadcast on local TV in Korea, and the game was picked up by ESPN to be broadcast in the US. The video linked above shows the amazing clip put together for their ...

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A Hopeful World Through Young Artists’ Eyes On Display at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

A local newspaper from New Brunswick, New Jersey, called "TAPinto New Brunswick", wrote an article about the Young Artists and Authors Showcase winner, amongst other artworks that are on display. Read below the text from the article or go directly to the article with this link. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – There’s the painting of a ragamuffin doll sewed together from a patchwork of flags, having his heart stitched on. There’s the poem that begins with the words, “Up from the forests/Beaches bare/The people came a marching.” There’s the essay that referen...

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U.S. Japan Sister Cities Bell Ringing: 75 Years of Peace Since Hiroshima & Nagasaki

As the inaugural initiative of the newly created “Japan Committee” of Sister Cities International, this project will promote the simultaneous ringing of bells in sister cities across the United States and Japan to mark 75 years of peace since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We call on citizen diplomats and city leaders to coordinate these bell ringings in sister cities across the United States and Japan. These can be bells big and small—houses of worship, hand bells, call bells, cow bells…anything! Bell ringing should occur twice--first at 4:15pm, ...

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South San Francisco Sister Cities Program Wins the 2020 Sister Cities “International Best Overall Program Award”

The City of South San Francisco has published a press release regarding South San Francisco's award for Best Overall Program. Read below for their press release or click on this link to find their press release directly. South San Francisco Sister Cities Program Wins the 2020 Sister Cities "International Best Overall Program Award" City Celebrates International Networking Partnership SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 9, 2020 - The South San Francisco Sister Cities program has won the 2020 Sister Cities International Best Overall Program Award, for cities with a ...

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Sister Cities of Jasper wins the 2020 Award for “Innovation in Arts & Culture” from Sister Cities International

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sister Cities of Jasper Wins the 2020 Award for ‘Innovation in Arts & Culture’ from Sister Cities International JASPER, IN, July 9, 2020 – Sister Cities of Jasper announced the receipt of the Innovation Award in Arts & Culture for cities with a population under 25,000 from Sister Cities International during their annual conference held virtually July 7-8.  This is the third award Sister Cities of Jasper has received from Sister Cities International in three years. Sister Cities of Jasper received the award for Best Overall Program ...

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“Fort Worth has Best Sister Cities Program in Nation”

See Fort Worth's Sister City press release regarding their award! The link is below with photos and other information. At today's Sister Cities International annual conference attended by over 1,2000 people from around the world, Fort Worth was recognized as having the "Best Sister Cities Program" in the Nation" for the 10th time in its 35-year history. "We recognize the significance of the international relations established for our city and its citizens through Fort Worth Sister Cities International and are proud to once again accept this award. We have an ...

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Doha, State of Qatar donates $100,000 to Charleston Sister Cities

The Sister City partner Doha and the people of the State of Qatar made contributions to Charleston Sister Cities International. Their extremely generous donation of $100,000 will be used to fund the purchase of Coronavirus medical supplies and equipment.  This donation was initiated by Ambassador Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad al Thani after he and Mayor John J. Tecklenburg signed a Sister Cities International partnership agreement to deepen cooperation between the two cities in trade, investment , and culture. Ambassador Al-Tahani says that “Qatar deeply values our ...

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Sister Cities Day in Fort Worth: Fort Worth, Texas – FW Sister Cities International Celebrates 35 Years

Fort Worth, Texas Sister Cities have posted a press release proclaiming their 35th anniversary. At their 35th anniversary, the city council proclaimed June 26th as their "Sister Cities Day" in Fort Worth. Below is the press release: Established 35 years ago, Fort Worth Sister Cities has brought international attention to Fort Worth through its nine sister city relationships in China, Eswatini, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico in an effort to create respect of and better understanding between cultures. With a major focus on youth programm...

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