The Sister City Association Of Huntington Beach is pleased to present the
5th Annual Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
A Sister City relationship was initiated with Anjo, Japan in 1982 and the program officially incorporated in 1992. The Sister City Association of Huntington Beach is a nonprofit citizen-run organization, which successfully operates annual programs of international goodwill between Huntington Beach and Anjo, Japan. The sister city movement is an outgrowth of then President Dwight Eisenhower's People to People concept created in 1956.
The idea is that it is the interaction of people--not governments--of different countries and diverse cultures that can put the world on the path to enduring peace. The local Sister City Association has been involved in a variety of capacities, including the selection of Assistant English Teachers to teach in Japan, and exchanges of art and music. Recent program from Anjo include koto players, a dance group and taiko drum performers. Many Anjo adult delegations have visited Huntington Beach and a number of Huntington Beach individuals and several organized groups of local citizens have visited Anjo.
Annually, four high school students and a chaperone participate in a 2-week reciprocal exchange where students in Anjo come to experience life in Huntington Beach and then our students traveling to Anjo. Cultural and fun activities are enjoyed; a number of lifetime friendships have been formed, and the experience has made a dramatic impact on many students' lives. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who either live in Huntington Beach or attend one of the five Huntington Beach Union High School District schools are eligible.
The Manly local government area is a unique location. Bounded by both an ocean beach and Sydney Harbor. It is located on Sydney's Northern Beaches between 8 and 17 kilometers north-east of Sydney. Manly is named after Manly Cove, which was named by Captain Arthur Phillip who was impressed by the confident and manly behavior of the male Aborigines he saw when he first visited the area in January 1788. At the time of the 2006 Census, Manly was the 57th largest local government area in New South Wales, with some 37,112 usual residents.
Huntington Beach is Surf City, USA and is home to the US Open of Surfing. Likewise, Manly is known as Surf City, Australia and is home to the Australian Open of Surfing. Both cities became Sister Cities in 2012, and are deeply rooted in the surfing culture.
The Surfing Walk of Fame will be the primary interface with Manly. Our goals are to foster the surfing culture in our two Surf Cities. For more information: Contact: 714-960-2892
The Huntington Beach Sister City Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the tradition of friendship and cultural exchange with our sister city in Anjo, Japan. In 2013 the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom festival was created by one of our student ambassadors as her Girl Scout Gold Award project after realizing the program was in jeopardy due to a lack of funding. The Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dance, music, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts and games and has become known for it's delicious Japanese food offerings! The festival is advertised throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County and on social media. Attendance at last years Festival was well over 8,000 with a delegation coming all the way from Japan for the event! If you would like to be involved with the Huntington Beach Sister City program as either a student ambassador or chaperone we encourage you to apply!