City of Independence, Missouri

JSCC Exchange with Higashimurayama, Japan

On October 9th eighteen adults representing the Japanese Sister City Committee from Independence will be travelling to Higashimurayama, Japan to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our joint sister city relationship. The seven day visit will include visiting historic sites, touring local businesses, and learning about the Japanese culture. An important part of the activities is a visit to Megturita Elementary School the sister school of Glendale Elementary in Independence. The delegation visit is hosted by Higashimurayama International Friendship Association (HIFA) our sister city counterpart.

The delegation members will be guests of Japanese families, staying in their homes making the exchange a unique experience, especially for those who have not been part of the exchange before. Each year youth delegations travel to and from each city with the fifth year being an adult delegation exchange. “These exchanges are life changing and make us aware of how much alike we really are as people.” says Twyla Olson-Hahn, Chairperson of the Independence Sister City Committee. “We truly become friends.”

After spending an extra two days in downtown Tokyo, the group will return home on the 17th.

The committee is currently taking applications for the 2014 student delegation trip. Applications are on the Japanese Sister City Committee web site.

Learn more about the Independence-Higashimurayama relationship