As well as matches and a coaching session with Kanto Daiichi High School, the group sat in on an English speaking class with 35 students. The group also travelled to Shiozawa-so Resort, Hokkaido, Otaru, Hiroshima, Osaka and Nara.
SOAP Tennis Tour 2018
A SOAP Central Coast tennis delegation recently toured Japan, which included an important visit to Edogawa City. The delegation led by David Graham was honoured to meet with Mayor Tada at the City Office. Our local tennis players definitely enjoyed meeting our friends at Edogawa and greatly appreciate the warm welcome and support from the City Promotion Section.
This is the 6th SOAP tennis tour and the group had a wonderful time. Hopefully, the Edogawa Tennis Association will take up the invitation to visit the Central Coast in the near future.
End of Year Lunch
SOAP Central Coast members gathered for a Christmas lunch at the Gosford - Edogawa Commemorative Garden for the group's final get-together for 2017.
Throughout the year we had exchange visits between Central Coast and Edogawa students and, of course, we were delighted to meet again with Edogawa Mayor Masami Tada, Koji Ishizuka and Morio Oda.
You can't beat these performers
The Yamato Drummers of Japan gave an amazing performance at Newcastle Civic Theatre in September. And our Chair even got to meet one of the star performers.
The troupe toured Australia and the show was a night of energy, theatrics and fun. Yamato was founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993. Every year, Yamato tours the world for six to 10 months sharing, as they say, 'the spirit of Japan'.
For more information on Yamato - The Drummers of Japan, visit http://yamatodrummers.com/aus
Welcome Mayor Tada, Koji san, Morio san
Members of SOAP Central Coast and Gosford Sister City Committee enjoyed an evening of reigniting friendships with Mayor of Edogawa Masami Tada and senior city officials Koji Ishisuka and Morio Oda when they visited the Central Coast in May 2017. The three gentlemen are all good friends of SOAP Central Coast, the Sister City Committee and many people throughout the former Gosford City.
Purpose of the visit was to reaffirm the strong sister city relationship between Edogawa and the newly formed local government area - 'Central Coast'. Edogawa City and Gosford City signed their sister city agreement in 1988 and it has been a strong bond ever since. With the NSW local government mergers in 2016, our expanded region now includes the former Wyong Shire.
Showcasing our Region to Japanese Guests
Members of Edogawa Youth Wing recently visited the Central Coast in July-August. The youth wing comprises school students from Edogawa City spending time with host families and attending Narara Valley High School. SOAP members Mina Sanders and Yoko Bloore hosted three of the group to a visit of the Hunter Valley, north of Newcastle. Pictured are: Kaori Kosaka (Edogawa City Council and Youth Wing Leader), Emi Ikeda (Edogawa City Council), Taizo Watanabe (Kanto Daiichi High School Teacher) and SOAP member Yoko Bloore. Kanto Daiichi High School is a sister school of Central Coast Grammar School.
Another group of Japanese students also visited the Central Coast in July- August. A delegation including 25 Year 8-9 students from Nihon University Daiichi High School visited their sister school Mackillop Catholic College at Warnervale. This was the school's 11th visit to the Central Coast and they enjoyed school programs, the homestay experience and local excursions. This photo was taken at Norah Head Lighthouse.
When Mayor of Edogawa City Masami Tada visits the Central Coast, he brings a smile to everyone he meets. Whether it is friends he has made over the years, or people he meets for the first time, it is a delight to spend time with him, Koji san and Morio san.
During the Mayor's official visit to Gosford in May 2017, Mayor Tada, Koji san and Morio san reconnected with so many people including members of SOAP Central Coast, Gosford Sister City Committee, Narara Valley High School, Central Coast Grammar School, Central Coast Council staff and former Gosford Council Mayors and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting up again with three of our very special friends from the City of Edogawa.
Central Coast Grammar School 30th Anniversary
Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS) celebrated its 30th anniversary in June 2015. The school invited representatives of CCGS's two Japanese sister-schools, Ueda Nishi High School and Kanto Daiichi High School to join the celebrations. Senior representatives including Kanto Daiichi's Chairman and Principal, Ueda Nishi's Chairman, two teachers and 12 students (six from each school) all attended. A big attraction was Calligraphy Master, Mr Yanagida Taizan, who gave two very impressive calligraphy performances.
End of Year Celebration
To celebrate the end of another year and to enjoy a truly Japanese themed day, SOAP Central Coast members enjoyed a delicious lunch at Masuya Suisan, corner of Pitt and Campbell Streets, Sydney.
We love this place and it gets our big tick of approval.
After lunch, it was time to head over to Darling Harbour to enjoy the Matsuri Japan Festival. All in all, a top day out.
Edogawa Youth Wing
Members of SOAP Central Coast met with our dear friend from Edogawa,
Sanae Omori and Mr Nobuki Takeda, Principal of Mizue-Daisan Junior High School in August 2016.
Sanae san and Mr Takeda san were in Gosford as they led the Edogawa Youth Wing's visit to Gosford.
The Edogawa Youth Wing consists of students from Edogawa City who homestay with students from Narara Valley High School.
Our day with Sanae san and Mr Takeda san took us to the Hunter Valley,
where we enjoyed a visit to Hunter Valley Gardens, various sites around
Hunter Valley wine country and Mistletoe Winery at Pokolbin.
Sushi of Masuya, Sydney
We love our Japanese cuisine so when we decided to dine at Sushi of Masuya on the corner of Pitt and Campbell Streets, Sydney, we couldn't wait. Oishi! Great food and service and located just a short walk from Central Railway Station.
Members of SOAP Central Coast recently enjoyed a tennis tour to Japan.
The delegation had a fantastic time and enjoyed meeting up with old friends as well as making many new friends.
A highlight of the trip was visiting Edogawa City, meeting with Mayor Tada and all the wonderful crew at Edogawa City Office.
SOAP Central Coast Tennis Tour
In 2014, a SOAP tennis delegation visited Edogawa and other regions of Japan. The delegation met with Mayor of Edogawa Masami Tada and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Edogawa City, participating in a number of cultural activities. They also played matches with Tama City Tennis Association.
It was the first time to visit Japan for many members of the group while the remainder were return visitors who vow to keep travelling to Japan to meet old friends, enjoy the beauty of Japan and maybe win one or two tennis matches.
Edogawa Rotarians visit Gosford City
A group of four Rotarians from Gosford’s sister city of Edogawa visited Gosford in 2014 as part of a brief trip to Australia.
The group had earlier attended the Rotary International Convention held in Sydney from 1-4 June 2014.
The Japanese Rotarians enjoyed dinner at Ettalong with members of SOAP Central Coast and three local Rotarians, Edgar Adams, Michael Sharpe and Mark Ellis.
It was an enjoyable and interesting dinner meeting as we had the combination of Rotary members from two different countries sharing Rotary and business stories, as well as local SOAP members sharing their stories of visiting Edogawa and building on the sister city relationship.
25 year anniversary of the Gosford-Edogawa Sister City Relationship
Gosford and Edogawa celebrated 25 wonderful years of their sister city relationship in 2013.
Mayor of Edogawa Masami Tada led a small delegation to Gosford to commemorate the occasion.
SOAP Central Coast was honoured to host a trip to nearby Hunter Valley for Mayor Tada and his delegation.