Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association

Sister Cities with the City of Anjo, Japan 安城市 – Since 1988

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2016 HBIFA Sister City Delegation to Anjo, Japan

In July/ August this year in the hot summer of Japan four students and a chaperone had an amazing cultural experience in our sister city Anjo on the annual exchange program with host families.
Jai Sullivan, Cameron Gauci, Wil Tattersall, Will Penfold and Chaperone Kaylene Stiles all live in Hobsons Bay and were chosen to represent our city.

After our host students and chaperone spent a cold and exciting 2 weeks exploring our fine city we traveled to Japan where we were hosted in their Japanese homes and treated to a different lifestyle, amazing foods and a cultural experience. Our experience included well organised tours including the museum, learning the history of Anjo and visited many beautiful Traditional gardens. We visited the famous city of Kyoto the home of the beautiful golden temple Kinkaku-ju, the Fushimi-Inari Shrine famous for the thousands red Torii gates, and then we visited Kiyomizu-dera the Pure Water Temple. All were breathtakingly beautiful sights that we will never forget. We were introduced to the traditional culture experience. We all had the opportunity to try our hand at Calligraphy and Chigirie (art work using different colours of paper and glue. We made a beautiful piece of art of Mount Fugi and blossom trees. We had an amazing opportunity of dressing in Traditional Kimono and Yukata and shown and performed Japanese dance and participated in the amazing Tea Ceremony. We visited Toyota and were treated a tour of the amazing manufacturing Plant of the car Toyota and their Museum. We were introduced to the City of Anjo by participation in the parade at their special celebration day called the Anjo Tanabata Festival.

We all feel truly grateful to have had this wonderful experience and to have made lifelong memories and friendships. Thank you to all members of the Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association for their hard work and devotion to make this possible for our young community citizens and keeping ties with our Japanese sister city. I recommend all who live in Hobsons Bay to apply for next year’s intake and hope that you get this wonderful opportunity as we all did.

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