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Friendship Exchange Programs
The Hitachi International Association (HIA), mainly through the endeavors of Hitachi  citizens, conducts activities to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between Hitachi City and its Sister Cities, Birmingham(Alabama, U.S.A.) and Tauranga (New Zealand) and to contribute to world peace by means of international exchange.
The HIA holds events for international exchange amongst its own citizens, but also with the citizens of its Sister Cities.

● June 2010 / Youth delegation from Birmingham City
From June 1st to 4th, 2010, 9 high school students and 2 Staff from Birmingham City visited Hitachi City. The 11 members of the delegation had many chances to meet the people of Hitachi City. They also experienced Japanese culture and lifestyle through the homestay program, a city tour, a school visit, and had the chance to experience such Japanese Cultural traditions as Japanese cooking (sushi) and Zen meditation, etc.
平沢中学校での書道体験
 
バーミングハム青少年訪問団の皆さん(ウミウ捕獲場見学)
 
飾り巻き寿司作りを体験
 
御岩神社で参拝方法を学びました
 
Many thanks to all the people who were involved in hosting the Birmingham Youth Group for their valued cooperation.

● July 2006 / Tauranga Boys College (TBC) students' visit to Hitachi City.
From July 16th to 21st, 2006, 12 Taurana Boys College (junior high and high school) students and 1 teacher visited Hitachi City.  They had the chance to meet many people in Hitachi. They also experienced Japanese culture and Japanese lifestyle through the homestay program, a city tour, and a school visit.  They also took part in a tea ceremony, did calligraphy, and did Zen meditation, etc.
*For details, please see the [ Photo Gallery ] page.
タウランガ・ボーイズ・カレッジの皆さん
 
鏡徳寺で座禅体験。禅の心を学びました
 
KIWIフェスティバルに参加。日本の料理「太巻きすし」作りを体験
 
日立二高の皆さんと楽しいランチタイム
 
Many thanks to all the people who were involved in hosting the TBC students for their valued cooperation.

● June 2006 / Youth delegation from Birmingham City
From June 5th to 9th, 2006, 9 high school students and 5 teachers from Birmingham City visited Hitachi City.  The 14 members of the delegation had many chances to meet the people of Hitachi City. They also experienced Japanese culture and lifestyle through the homestay program,  a city tour, a school visit, and had the chance to experience such Japanese Cultural traditions as Tea Ceremony and Calligraphy, etc.
*For details, please see the [ Photo Gallery ] page.
樫村市長を表敬訪問。笑顔で記念撮影
 
”ピース”もう友達になりました
 
きれいな浴衣を着て大満足
 
シビックセンターで書道体験。上手に書けるかな?
 
Many thanks to all the people who were involved in hosting the delegation for their valued cooperation.

● April 2006 /
Hitachi Citizens' participation in the Birmingham International Festival (BIF)
From April 26th to May 2nd, 2006, 41 citizens of Hitachi City (35 members from the Hitachi Boys & Girls Noh Club,  3 members from the Hitachi Local PerformingArts Association and 3 members from the HIA) visited Birmingham City to participate in the Birmingham International Festival.
As part of the BIF events, they visited elementary schools, the Art Museum, the City Library and so on, to perform a Japanese lyrical Noh drama and a Hitachi Furyumono puppet show for the citizens of Birmingham.
They had many chances to meet the people of Birmingham City and fostered mutual understanding through international and cultural exchanges.
*For details, please see the [ Photo Gallery ] page.
大谷団長からアイリス実行委員長に風流物のミニチュアを贈呈
 
市内小学校の子供たちがからくり人形の操作を体験
 
第一長老派教会でバーミングハム市民の皆さんに能楽を披露
 
リンパーク(市内の公園)で『土蜘蛛』を披露
 
Many thanks to all the people who were involved in organizing the BIF delegation for their valued cooperation.

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