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 Programs of Association

  ○Exchange student program
     This is the system, in which either city alternately dispatches its students to
     the other city during summer holidays. Therefore the students learn
     the differences of culture, tradition and lifestyle through home stay.
  ○English Oratorical Contest
     English Oratorical contest is held every year for three grades including
     junior high school students, high school students and general public.
     It will be the 34thcontest this year, 2004.
  ○Support and assistant to the close exchange forged by the citizens
     When citizen of either city will visit the other city, and exchange
     its own culture and so on, the Association will give some advice and
     support it.

  History of sister city relationship

1959 Priest Kenneth E. Heim visited Tondabayashi City
1964 The Sister City Relationship was established.
1971 Mr. Yoshinaga Sakon made the Japanese Garden in Bethlehem City.
1972 The Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission was established.
1972 The first English Oratorical Contest was held.
1973 The first exchange students were dispatched.
1976 The Tondabayashi-Bethlehem Sister City Association was established.
1994 The seedlings of cherry were donated to Bethlehem City.
2001 The commemorative ceremony for Sister City Relationship was held in Bethlehem City.
2004 The 40th commemorative ceremony of Sister City Relationship was heldin Tondabayashi City

Why don’t you join in the programs held by the Association?
The Sister City Association hopes that many citizens will participate in the programs,
in order to promote a mutual understanding and cultural exchange of both cities at the popular level.

For details, please contact the Secretariat of Association
(Civil Activities Support & Coproduction Promotion Division of Tondabayashi City Hall)

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