Yaizu City is located between Tokyo and Nagoya in Japan. Hobart and Yaizu City have been sister cities since February 17, 1977.
Yaizu on Wikipedia
Official Yaizu Website
Yaizu Delegation - August 2017- Show Your Interest
Hobart plans to send a delegation to Yaizu from August 11-15 (to be confirmed) to mark the 40th anniversary and to coincide with the town’s main festival. Participation is welcomed of community and business community members who would like to join the delegation at their own cost. For more information, please call: 6238 2703.
Yaizu Delegation - FOUR PART FUNDED PLACES
For those community members who have or have had a special relationship-building involvement with Hobart and Yaizu or Australia and Japan, four part funded places are available to join the delegation in August. Please see the expression of interest form below for more information about how to apply for a place. Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 26 June and final decisions will be communicated by Thursday 29 June, 5pm. The cost of travel (air and train) and hotel will be subsidised by 50% (up to the value of $1350 per person). For more information, please call: 6238 2703.
Expression of Interest Yaizu Part Funded Place
Photo credit: Al Bett
40th Anniversary Celebrations
A number of events were organised in February 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship. These included a martial arts demonstration, Origami, Kimono and Yukata displays, Taiko drum demonstrations, an official celebratory dinner and a tree planting ceremony in the Japanese garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Photo credit: Al Bett
Student Exchange Program
Annually the Council hosts a group of students who visit from various schools in Yaizu, for a uniquely Tasmanian cultural exchange. Three Hobart schools participate in the program and families of the students provide a homestay experience for the Yaizu visitors to experience a typical Australian family. The schools provide a taste of Australian school life by including the students in regular classroom activities. The program offers both the visiting and local students a rich cultural experience that leads to life-long friendships.
Every two years Hobart students travel to Yaizu to experience a homestay with a Japanese family. The student exchange program has been active since 1990.
The City of Hobart and Yaizu City have worked together on a number of activities over our 40 year relationship. Some previous activities include:
- A combined trip to Bonorong Wildlife Park with visiting Yaizu students and students from St Mary's College.
- An Omikoshi (Japanese Portable Shrine) with Tarremah Steiner School for the Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant parade.
- Members of the Yaizu-Hobart Friendship Association, a Yaizu City staff member and the Sister City Committee coordinated a stall at the Taste Festival in 2012.
- The committee supported performances by the Yurikamome Children’s Choir in Hobart in 2007 and 2013.
- The Hobart-Yaizu Sister City Committee helped to create a Yaizu - Japanese Village at the 2011 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The traditional Japanese Hachoro boat was an international feature vessel of the festival and was a major draw card, being the first of its kind ever to visit Australia.