The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association promotes cultural awareness, understanding and friendship between the people and cities of Oakland and Fukuoka
Student Exchange Program Each summer, Oakland and Fukuoka alternate hosting a group of six high school students for 10 days. Students learn about their host city through their home stay and participation in local activities. Cultural interaction takes place both in Oakland and Fukuoka. Oakland students can participate by visiting Japan and Oakland families can serve as host families to students from Fukuoka. Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention Held in Fukuoka, the Convention aims to build bridges between nations across the Pacific Rim by fostering bonds among the next generation of world citizens. OFSCA selects four Oakland elementary school students to participate in the annual program. Torii Gate Maintenance In 2002, the Torii Gate was unveiled near Lake Merritt to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Oakland Fukuoka sister city relationship. OFSCA is committed to the upkeep and beautification of the area to ensure that the Torii Gate, along with the surrounding area, can be enjoyed for years to come. OFSCA is a member of the East Bay Garden Club and holds quarterly clean-up days at the Gate. Otsukimi The famous Japanese moon viewing festival is held in October close to the full moon. The event showcases traditional Japanese activities and is open to the public. Participation in Local Cultural Festivals In order to maintain and strengthen Japanese cultural ties in the East Bay, we participate in local festivals throughout the year, including the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco.
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