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
History of sister city relationship
||Priest Kenneth E. Heim visited Tondabayashi City
||The Sister City Relationship was established.
||Mr. Yoshinaga Sakon made the Japanese Garden in Bethlehem City.
||The Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission was established.
||The first English Oratorical Contest was held.
||The first exchange students were dispatched.
||The Tondabayashi-Bethlehem Sister City Association was established.
||The seedlings of cherry were donated to Bethlehem City.
||The commemorative ceremony for Sister City Relationship was held in Bethlehem City.
|| 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)