Yujo-no-hi Friendship Week
SOAP Central Coast took part in Yujo-no-hi Friendship Week activities at Edogawa Commemorative Garden in October.
Hosted by Central Coast Council, the event promoted the 30-year sister city agreement with Edogawa City.
Activities included workshops, displays and demonstrations covering everything from calligraphy to judo, aikido, origami, taeko drums and storytelling for children.
Edogawa Youth Wing 2018
One of the great outcomes of our sister city relationship is the annual visit to the Central Coast by Edogawa Youth Wing. Each year, a group of students from Edogawa travel to the Central Coast and homestay with families of students at Narara Valley High School. It's a wonderful opportunity for both sets of students, learning more about each other's culture and making some real friendships. This year's Youth Wing was accompanied by Ai Nakajima and Yoichi Otokuni, both from Edogawa City Office. Members of SOAP Central Coast enjoyed time with the pair taking a ferry trip on Brisbane Water followed by lunch at Woy Woy.
Mayor Tada's Visit
Mayor of Edogawa Masami Tada and senior Edogawa City officials Koji Ishizuka and Morio Oda visited the Central Coast in May 2017.
As well as meeting Central Coast Council officials, the delegation met with members of SOAP Central Coast, Gosford Sister City Committee, CLAIR Sydney, Central Coast Grammar School, and Narara Valley High School. They also met up with former Mayors of Gosford City and visited nearby City of Newcastle.
Australia Japan Pavilion
To celebrate the 2006 Official Year of Australia Japan Exchange, SOAP Central Coast coordinated a series of activities which were held over four days at the Australian Springtime Flora Festival at Mt Penang, Gosford.
A focal point of the activities was the popular Australia-Japan Pavilion. More than 50 representatives from Gosford's sister city of Edogawa Japan, inlcuding Mayor Masami Tada, came to Gosford to be part of the special event. This was the largest sister city activity with the largest Edogawa community delegation since the agreement was signed in 1988. The event included cultural activities, games, workshops, traditional entertainment and business networking. And, unfortunately, a lot of rain.
Bonsai Master, Kunio Kaboyashi, was another special guest at the Australia-Japan Pavilion. He entertained the crowds with a number of bonsai workshops and it was standing room only at each appearance.