Concord's Sister City Kitakami, Japan


Cherry Blossom in KitakamiIn 1974, Kitakami, Japan became Concord's Sister City

Kitakami is located in the upper northeast area of Japan in the Iwate Prefecture. Kitakami offers many tourist attractions such as cherry blossoms in Tenshochi Park; Geto Hot Spring, famous for its seclusion; the Oni museum; Michinoku Folklore Village; the Museum of Japanese Modean Poetry, the only center of its kind for poetry in Japan; the Michinoku Geino Festival; and Japan Kids' Festival.


Kitakami also has an active economy based on industrial parks and agriculture. A population of 91,000 as of the year 2000 means Kitakami is very similar in population size to the City of Concord.


The Communion Bridge sculpture located in the Japanese Friendship garden at Civic CenterThe Concord Ambassadors is the local non-profit organization that sponsors the Sister City program. Ambassadors from each city visit through an exchange program of students and adults. For more information on our Sister City, visit the Kitakami, Japan web site.


View photos from the Fall 2004 visit.

 
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