Archive for the ‘Cultural exchange news ・交流ニュース’ Category



2017.05.24 (Wed)


GG2In March 2017, small delegation from Yurihama met with a representative from the Japan-Hawaii Ground Golf Association, based in Honolulu (Oahu, HI). The groups discussed the future of ground golf and how to further promote the game, especially internationally. As the home of ground golf, Yurihama was excited to hear that the health, social, and recreational benefits were being enjoyed in Hawaii as well.

Mayor Miyawaki also promoted this year’s Yurihama International Ground Golf Open, to be held October 20-21, 2017, at Yurihama’s dedicated ground golf course Shiokaze no Oka Tomari, as well as the 2021 Kansai World Masters Games.




2017.04.19 (Wed)


Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawaki visited the town’s sister city of Hawaii County last month, where he met with the recently re-elected Mayor Harry Kim and members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hawaii.

訪問1During a courtesy visit with Mayor Kim, the two renewed the sister city agreement between Yurihama and Hawaii County and reaffirmed their commitment to, as well as the importance of, the sister city relationship.

Mayor Miyawaki expressed his hope that the friendship as well as the cultural, educational, and business exchange between the two communities will continue to strengthen and expand with Mayor Kim’s support and cooperation.







2017.02.08 (Wed)


The Yurihama International Friendship Association (YIFA) teamed up with the residents of Yurihama’s Higashi Tajiri district to host an international get-together on Sunday, January 29, bringing together a mix of local residents and foreigners living in central Tottori for a fun and eventful afternoon.%e3%81%9f%e3%81%93%e7%84%bc%e3%81%8d

Over 100 participants of all ages from all across the globe, including Russia, Hungary, France, the Philippines, Japan and more, connected as they chatted, enjoyed riceballs and takoyaki, listened to a lecture about disaster preparedness, tried their hand at chigiri-e (Japanese torn paper art), and more

Thank you to everyone for coming out and we hope to see you again soon at the next YIFA-sponsored event!









2016.03.25 (Fri)




ハワイ郡長 ビリー・ケノイ氏と湯梨浜町長 宮脇正道氏を始め、両市の議会や商工会議所を含む関係者が列席しました。とても素敵な式典で、黒松の成長とともに、ハワイ郡と湯梨浜町との友好関係もますます親密になり、交流の輪を広げるように願っているという祝福の言葉があり、出席者は一人一人土をかけました。



Hawaii County and Yurihama first established their sister city relationship in 1996, and have worked to develop a strong friendship through cultural exchange, a junior high school student homestay exchange program, and various other projects and events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that sister city relationship, and as part of the celebrations a commemorative tree planting ceremony was held on Thursday, February 18th, 2016, at Liliuokalani Gardens, which is a Japanese-style garden off of the island of Hawaii’s Hilo Bay.

The ceremony was attended by Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawak黒松1i, as well as representatives from both Hawaii County and Yurihama’s legislative councils and chambers of commerce and industry. It was a lovely ceremony, with a blessing that as the black pine planted grows, so too would the friendship and exchange between Hawaii County and Yurihama, after which those in attendance each had the opportunity to scoop soil onto the base of the tree.

If you have the chance to visit Hilo, I hope you take the time to see this symbol of friendship between Hawaii County and Yurihama and enjoy the tranquility of Liliuokalani Gardens.


. 。・ ☆。インドネシアの研修生との交流会 。☆ ・。 . Introduction to Indonesia

2016.03.01 (Tue)

YIFA Indonesia

日時              3月6日(日)午後2時〜4時
場所              Cafe ippo カフェ イッポ
湯梨浜町南谷573 夢広場入口   TEL: 0858-35-6161
内容              歓迎の歌と踊り、インドネシア紹介、歓談交流green star
お茶代           ¥500  (ドリンクバー & 焼菓子セット)
問い合わせ    湯梨浜町役場企画課の国際交流員     TEL:0858-35-5311


Indonesia Introduction

What:         Introduction to Indonesia  (followed by a chance to mingle)

When:         Sunday, March 6th, 2016     2pm ~ 4pm

Where:       Café ippo
(Near the entrance to the Yume Hiroba)

573 Minami-Tani, Yurihamaippo
TEL: 0858-35-6161

Cost:           500 yen
(includes drink bar and baked sweets)

Inquiries:   Yurihama Town Office Planning Division- Coordinator for International Relations    TEL: 0858-35-5311

Chairs will be provided, but you are encouraged to move about freely and use this opportunity to connect with the other participants.

See you there


湯梨浜町国際交流協会・Yurihama International Friendship Association

2015.11.15 (Sun)

皆さんは「湯梨浜町国際交流協会(YIFA)」をご存知でしょうか? 英語では「Yurihama International Friendship Association」といいます。YIFAでは、さまざまな国の人々や文化に触れることで、幅広い分野での国際交流や相互理解を積極的に推進しています。私も会員の一人として、皆さんにどんどん参加していただきたいと思い、このコーナーでYIFAの活動をご紹介することにしました。






興味があれば、役場企画課(TEL 35-5311)までお気軽にお問い合わせくださいね。 お待ちしています☆


2015 Yurihama International Friendship GG Open was on Sunday!

2015.11.05 (Thu)

The second annual Yurihama International Friendship Ground Golf Open was held on Sunday, November 1st, at the birthplace of ground golf, Yurihama’s own Shiokaze no Oka Tomari. With a large turnout of both foreigners currently residing in Japan as well as ground golf enthusiasts who came all the way from Taiwan, Shanghai, Hebei, Korea, and even Spain, this year’s event had an especially international flavor. Players enjoyed a full day of ground golf and were welcomed by an array of special guests including Tottori Governor Shinji Hirai, Tottori Prefectural Assembly Member Tamotsu Itō, Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawaki, and Director-General of the Central Tottori General Office Shinichi Nishiyama.

Ground golf has come to be a well-loved sport by many over the 33 years since its creation. Its simple rules and setup allow it to be enjoyed whenever, wherever, and by whomever, making it an ideal sport for not only the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and lifelong sports, but also for encouraging friendship and communication between players, regardless of age, gender, religion, or nationality.