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Hood River – Tsuruta Sister City, Inc

Hood River – Tsuruta Sister City, Inc.

Sponsored by Amerititle

PO Box 273
Hood River, OR 97031


The mission of Hood River – Tsuruta Sister City, Inc., is to promote friendship and cultural understanding between the city of Hood River, Oregon, USA and Tsuruta, Aomori, Japan.
The following are a few of the plans the organization would like to cultivate in the future:
» Increase awareness of the Sister City program to the community and increase membership.
» Increase participation between schools.
» Provide scholarship opportunities for Hood River youth to travel to Tsuruta.
» Increase student visits to Japan to an annual endeavor and increase adult visits to Tsuruta.
» Develop an exchange connection between the towns’ fire departments and develop a partnership between city government officials.
» Provide Japanese language opportunities in Hood River for residents.
» Further develop Tsuruta Park into a Japanese Garden.

-Program Overview-

Hood River – Tsuruta Sister City, Inc. was established in July 1977 by Tsuruta Mayor Kenji Nakano, Hood River Mayor Charles Beardsley and citizen Ray “Chop” Yasui. The primary goal of this partnership was to promote friendship and cultural understanding between residents of Tsuruta and Hood River. Since that time an active exchange program among adults and students has continued to develop. Since its inception, more than 1,752 people have taken part in visits and exchanges in the last 40 years. A strong friendship and cultural understanding between the people of the two towns continues to flourish.
Jr. High and High School Exchanges to Tsuruta: Every other year, Hood River youth have an opportunity to visit Tsuruta for approximately 10 days.
Student Visits to Hood River: In the spring and fall of every year, students and adults from Tsuruta visit Hood River.
Adult Exchange Visits: Every five years, adults travel between the two cities. Adults are also welcome to travel with the student exchanges.
CIR Position: Each year, Tsuruta hires a Hood River citizen as their Coordinator for International Relations. This is a salaried position in which the CIR lives and works in Tsuruta for a one-year contract.
Scholarships: A scholarship is awarded to a qualifying Hood River senior each year.