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Sister City & Friendship City

Tochigi City has had an official, formal Sister and Friendship City relationships with City of Evansville, Indiana, USA and Jinhua, Zhejiang, China. Tochigi City has deepened friendship with each other through many exchanges.


Sister City & Friendship City

Friendship City

Jinhua, China (Established Friendship City relationship in 1994)

TIC accepts an elementary school students group from Jinhua every summer.
Each student stays with a Japanese family and learns about Tochigi City and Japan, experiencing Japanese culture.
TIC is looking for host families.
TIC sends elementary school students and a citizen’s delegation to Jinhua on a regular basis.

Jinhua, China

A big welcome from elementary school students in Jinhua, China.


Jinhua, China

A delegation of elementary school students

Planting cherry trees


Sister City

City of Evansville, USA (established sister city relationship in 1999)

Tochigi City and City of Evansville have deepened exchanges since the two cities officially signed the sister city affiliation. In 2012, Mayor Toshimi SUZUKI visited Evansville to reaffirm the sister city relationship.

エバンズビル市

City of Evansiville


エバンズビル市

University of Evansville



TIC sends students to Evansville through the "Sister-city exchange program".
In this program, a student teaches Japanese, mathematics, social studies etc. to Japanese children every Saturday at Southern Indiana Japanese School (SIJS) while studying at University of Southern Indiana (USI).
It is a two-year program and USI covers a part of the tuition fee.

南インディアナ大学

University of Southen Indiana


南インディアナ大学

The Southern Indiana Japanese School