Sister Cities

SAGINAW City (United States of America)

■ SAGINAW City (United States of America)

Tokushima City's first sister city. The relationship started in 1961. It has a population of about 60,000. The city is famous for the airplane and the auto parts industries. The foundry of General Motors is in this city.

LEIRIA City (Portugal)

■ LEIRIA City (Portugal)

LEIRIA is a city closely connected with the great writer, Wenceslao de Moraes, who loved Tokushima. It is about 150 km northwest of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and has a population of about 120,000. The sister city relationship with Tokushima was started in 1969. Its main industries are glass and ceramics.

DANDONG City (China)

■ DANDONG City (China)

Friendship between the two cities began in 1991. It has a population of about 700,000. Jinjiang Hill Park, Yalu River Park and Mt. Fenghuang (Phoenix) In the city center, are popular tourist spots. The city is known for the weaving industries and light industries. Silk from Dandong CIty has an excellent reputation.

SENDAI City (Miyagi prefecture)

■ SENDAI City (Miyagi prefecture)

Sister city relationship started in April 1970. Sendai prospers as a castle town of the Date 620,000 koku. Now the city with about 1,000,000 people is the center of administration, economy, art, sciences, and culture in the Tohoku district. Active Cultural exchanges between the two cities includes not only Sendai Tanabatamatsuri and Tokushima Awa Odori but fine arts as well.

OBIHIRO City (Hokkaido)

■ OBIHIRO City (Hokkaido)

Industrial and Cultural sister city relationship started in August 1982. The city is located in the center of the Tokachi Plain and is a distributing center of agricultural and stock farm products. It has a population of about 170,000. Cultural exchanges at annual events such as the Ice festival and Awa Odori bring the citizens of Obihiro and Tokushima together.