Sister City Program

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Our Sister City: Fukuroi, Japan

The City of Hillsboro and Fukuroi, Japan formed a Sister City relationship that is celebrating 30 years in 2018. In October 2014, an adult delegation from Fukuroi visited Hillsboro to renew the friendship of the two cities.

Student Exchange Program and Visits

Ten Japanese students taking part in the cultural student exchange program visited Hillsboro in April 2015. Host families provided home-stay experiences for the students, which helps to cultivate cultural understanding and new friendships.

Most recently, nine Hillsboro students traveled to Fukuroi in June 2017 as student ambassadors and global citizens.

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2018 Cherry Blossom Celebration

To commemorate 30 years of friendship with Fukuroi, Hillsboro is planning many special moments throughout 2018 starting with a Cherry Blossom Celebration April 21 from 9 am - 12 pm at Rood Bridge Park. This Japanese cultural day will showcase food, art, music, and have special remarks from elected officials.  

Sister City Cherry Blossom Celebration

Celebrate the cherry trees at Rood Bridge Park and the 30th anniversary with our Sister City, Fukuroi, Japan. 

Saturday, April 21 from 9 am - 12 pm
Remarks at 9:30 am

Rood Bridge Park
4000 SE Rood Bridge Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123

For more information, call 503-615-3410.

About Fukuroi

Fukuroi is on the coastal plain in southwestern Shizuoka Prefecture. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the south. The area has a mild maritime climate with hot, humid summers, and short, cool winters.

  • Distance from Hillsboro: 4,943 miles 
  • Population: 84,932
  • Average High/Low Temperatures: 72 degrees/58 degrees
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 8 inches
  • Agriculture: Main crops are green tea and musk melons, like the Shizouka Crown Musk Melon
  • Industry: Includes food processing, cosmetics, pharmaceutical plants, electronics and automotive components
  • Currency: Yen
  • Local Time: 16 hours ahead of our time
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Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks
Fukuroi hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in Japan annually on the second Saturday in August.

 Image of Ural Owl  The City Bird of Fukuroi is the Ural Owl
 Image of Fukuroi Flower -  Garden Cosmos  The City Flower of Fukuroi is the Garden Cosmos
 Image of Fukuroi Town Tree - Sweet Osmanthus  The City Tree of Fukuroi is the Sweet Osmanthus