Gardena City @
The conclusion day : November 6th, 1962
Outline of Gardena City
|Gardena is located
about 23km south of Los Angeles in California. It was founded on
as the result of the combining of three cities, Gardena, Moneta, and
It is blessed with good climate. (average temperature in summer 20oC, winter 12oC, amount of rainfall year round is 330mm)
The San Diego Freeway runs through the western part of the city, the Harbor Freeway the eastern part, the Artesia Freeway the southern part. This is why Gardena is nicknamed "Freeway City", and is carved in the emblem of the city established in 1954.
The population is about 60,000, 20% of which are Japanese Americans. It has various industries from high tech machinery to light industry and is prosperous in electric products, aircraft parts, automobile parts, and textile and petroleum products.
|Sequence of the conclusion|
|1961||The Rotary Club held a world convention in Tokyo. Two Rotary Clubs (Gardena and Ichikawa) tied up as sister clubs.|
|Feb.,1962||Prof.Tono (Tokyo Agricultural University.), a member of the Ichikawa City General Development Committee, informed the city that the mayor and members of the city council of Gardena hoped that the two would be sister cities.|
|May||Miss Barded(Miss Gardena) visited Ichikawa during her trip to the Far East to pass a request from the mayor of Gardena to the mayor Takejiro Ukiya.|
Considering the above reasons, Ichikawa proposed the council tie up
with Gardena as sister cities in order to develop friendly relations and
promote world peace through cultural exchange, education and youth
delegations. On May 28,1962, the Ichikawa City council approved the
History of relations between the two cities
of resolutions at
the 40th anniversary
|Gardena official goodwill
delegations in Kimono
at a party
|Plant memorial cherry
blossoms in Gardena
|Ichikawa citizens delegations||Youth from Ichikawa at a
|Gardena youth delegations|
|Friendship between citizens|
of both cities can expand their friendships personally and understand
each other more and more thanks to various activities among citizens as
|Exchange of youth delegations|
|Since 1977, the two
cities have been exchanging youth delegations during summer holidays
every other year.
They participate in a home stay program for about 10 days and they visit municipal institutions, schools, museums and places of scenic beauty and historic interest to study history, culture, and customs of the country. At the same time they describe their own country, so others may know it better.
This is a precious chance for young people to widen their range of vision.
|Exchange of Education|
|Those who are concerned with
education have been visiting educational institutions and classes,
exchanging studentsf work, meeting teachers or students more than ten
|Exchange of Sports|
|Youth delegations from Gardena had Judo,
Kendo or baseball matches in Ichikawa.
|Exchange of Culture|
|Those who are concerned with Japanese
culture such as flower arrangement, calligraphy, a traditional music,
Koto and Shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) player and garden designer
visited Gardena and introduced Japanese traditional arts. We sent photos
or books to introduce Ichikawa public facilities, historic sites and
In 2007, this
year, we are celebrating our 45th
sister city anniversary in both cities. In July, Ichikawa Citizens
Delegation and Official Goodwill Delegation of Ichikawa City visited
Gardena and the resolution was signed. During their visit,
Anniversary Dinner was held and citizens promised to keep friendly
relations between the two cities.
In coming November,
City of Gardena 2007 Goodwill Delegation will