Sister City

Sister City

ABASHIRI, JAPANTwin City Abashiri on Partial Map of Japan

Since 1986 the City of Port Alberni and the City of Abashiri, Japan have been engaged in a twinning relationship to foster a mutual understanding and friendship between the two communities.  Through frequent visitor and student exchanges this longstanding relationship has also helped promote economic, educational and cultural awareness and contributed to the good will between Canada and Japan.        

Exchanges and activities are coordinated by the Port Alberni International Twinning Society. If you are interested in helping to further this relationship, host delegations or join a future trip to Abashiri please contact: Laurie Morphet, 250-724-4174 or lmorphet@shaw.ca     

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Visit the City of Abashiri's website: htttps://www.city.abashiri.hokkaido.jp/english/index.html

 

OUR SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP - A BRIEF HISTORY

1985, March
Mayor of Campbell River, which is the Sister City of Ishikari, Japan, introduced Port Alberni to Abashiri.
1985, October
The Abashiri officials visited Port Alberni to participate in discussions of forming a Sister City relationship.
1986, February
A twelve member group, including Mayor Gillian Trumper, visited Abashiri.  The Sister City Agreement was signed on February 9th.
First Group from Port Alberni visit Abashiri, Japan - 1986
1986. MarchTo commence the Student Exchange Program, a group of 77 students from Abashiri visited Port Alberni.
1986, May
A 19 member group, including Mayor Tetsuo Ando and Mr. Koubun Ohbayashi, President of the Sister City Society, visited Port Alberni.
Signing Sister City Agreement
1987, AugustThe 10 month Cultural Exchange Teacher Program was started with the first teacher, Diane Perkovic, arriving in Abashiri.
1987, August
The 10 month Cultural Exchange Teacher Program was started with the first teacher, Diane Perkovic, arriving in Abashiri.
1988, July
The first three high school students from Port Alberni arrive in Abashiri.
1989, May
Port Alberni presented a totem pole to Abashiri. It was first placed in Abashiri Central Park but later moved to the Abashiri Echo Centre in 2000.
Port Alberni presenting Totem Pole in Abashiri
1990, FebruaryA  japanese garden was built in Port Alberni.
1991, May
The 5th anniversary event of the Sister City affiliation was held in Port Alberni. A fourteen member group, including Mayor Tetsuo Ando, visited Port Alberni.
1996, May
The 10th anniversary event of the Sister City affiliation was held in Port Alberni. A forty member group, including Mayor Tetsuo Ando, visited Port Alberni.
Mayor of Abashiri presenting Mayor of Port Alberni with a gift
1997, September
A 12 member group, including Mayor Gillian Trumper, and a 18 member bagpipe band attended the official ceremony of the City of Abashiri's 50th anniversary.
Bagpipe band from Port Alberni visiting Abashiri
2001, September
The 15th anniversary event of the Sister City affiliation was held in Port Alberni. The Abashiri Hamanasu Women's Choir concert was held at the First United Church in Port Alberni.
Hamanasu Women's Choir visiting Port Alberni
2006, June
The 20th anniversary event of the Sister City affiliation was held in Port Alberni. A fifteen member group, including Mayor Osamu Oba, visited Port Alberni.
20th Anniversary event in Port Alberni
2008, January
The Abashiri North Stars hockey team visited Port Alberni.
Abashiri North Stars Hockey Team visit Port Alberni
2010, June 
 
The Port Alberni garden was created in Abashiri.Port Alberni Garden created in Japan
2011, April
The Port Alberni International Twinning Society organized a community fundraising event for the tsunami relief effort in Japan. Over $18,000 was raised and provided to the Japanese Red Cross via the Abashiri Sister City Society.  
Fund-raising for Japanese tsunami victims
2012, July
The 25th anniversary event of the Sister City affiliation was held in Port Alberni. A fifteen member group, including Mayor Yoichi Mizutani, visited Port Alberni. On July 13, 2012 the relationship was re-affirmed. (See document)
25th Anniversary Reaffirmation and gift between the two Mayors
2013, January
A group of students, teachers and members of the Abashiri North Stars hockey team visit Port Alberni.
Abashiri groups visits Port Alberni
2014, July
A group of 4 high school students and 3 adults from Port Alberni visited Abashiri.
 
Port Alberni group visit Abashiri
2014, MarchPort Alberni Gymnastics Academy hosts an exchange with 10 gymnasts.