2021 - 50th Sister City Anniversary 姉妹都市50周年記念


Whitehorse-Matsudo 50th Sister city Anniversary / 2021年、ホワイトホース市と松戸市は姉妹都市50周年!

On May 12th, 1971, the cities of Matsudo, Japan and Whitehorse, Australia formally became sister cities. Since then, over half a century has passed, and with it the friendship between all of our people has continued to grow stronger and deeper.

Now, in 2021, we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of our sister city relationship. Through a variety of efforts and events, let us celebrate these 50 years of friendship, and assure it for many more to come!


Looking for Events Connected to the Matsudo-Whitehorse Sister City Relationship 50th Anniversary! / 姉妹都市交流50周年記念の年に冠を使用して一緒にお祝いしませんか

In order to celebrate our sister city relationship’s 50th anniversary together with everyone, we would like to know if any of you are holding any related events! If so, we would like to sponsor them with official logos and banners that you can use.

Your event may be eligible if it satisfies these two points / 対象事業

  • It is held within the city (except in special circumstances) by an organization, facility, or business between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

  • It promotes international relations, intercultural coexistence, or language study, and is also suitable for celebrating our sister city relationship’s 50th anniversary.

※For more details, please read the Sister City Relationship’s 50th Anniversary Event Sponsorship Management Outline(PDF:122KB).

  • 令和3年4月1日から令和4年3月31日までの期間に、原則として市内を中心に活動する団体や事業所・企業等が実施する事業
  • 国際交流、多文化共生、語学習得に係る事業等


Available Assets 支援内容

Brand Names: 「祝 松戸市・ホワイトホース市 姉妹都市交流50周年」 or 「松戸市・ホワイトホース市 姉妹都市交流50周年記念」 (must be in Japanese)、Logos

How to Apply 申し込み方法

Please fill out all the required fields of the “Sister City 50th Anniversary Event Sponsorship Consent Application(PDF:204KB)” and either bring the completed form to the Culture, Tourism, and International Division or send it to them using one of the contact methods below.
Address:〒271-8588, Matsudo-shi, Nemoto 387-5
Email: mckankou@city.matsudo.chiba.jp


郵送:〒271-8588 松戸市根本387の5

50th Anniversary events / 50周年をお祝いする記念行事&イベント情報

Every 5 years, to celebrate our sister city relationship’s anniversary, our cities take turns sending a delegation, headed by the mayor, to each other’s cities for celebrations.
In 2021, the Whitehorse delegation had planned to come to Matsudo and join us for a number of friendship-reaffirming, important celebrations, but in the interest of public health during the coronavirus pandemic, regretfully both of our cities were forced to cancel our in-person programming. 
But while Whitehorse and Matsudo are separated by sea, they are brought together by an even greater force of nature: the power of friendship. Through various online cultural activities and exchanges, together we will make sure that our treasured sister cities’ 50th friendship anniversary is celebrated with pomp aplenty.


“50 Years of Friendship, and Many More to Come” Online Mayor Meeting / 50周年記念・市長オンライン会談「50年の友好を未来へ」を開催しました!

On May 12, 2021, exactly 50 years after the day Matsudo City and Whitehorse City officially became sister cities, Matsudo Mayor Kenji Hongoya and Whitehorse Mayor Andrew Munroe came together in an online video meeting to celebrate their cities’ 50th anniversary of sisterhood.
Deputy Consul-general of the Japanese Embassy in Australia, Mr. Shunsuke Saito, and the Chairman of the Matsudo International Exchange Association, Mr. Makoto Ito, also participated in the meeting. Based upon the theme of “50 Years of Friendship, and Many More to Come,” the meeting included opportunities to reflect upon our cities’ storied friendship, current states of affairs, and citizens’ messages of well wishes and support.
The conversation was pleasant, and both mayors exchanged words of gratitude for the relationship they have shared until now, and resolute vows to continue strengthening the relationship through even more opportunities for intercultural exchange.
And of course, both mayors expressed their hope that they can one day visit each other’s cities again, and see each other’s smiling faces in-person.
Right now we are busy making a video to showcase how the online meeting went, but once we are finished we will publish it on the HP, so look forward to it!







Classic tree planting ceremony at Matsudo Municipal Dai-go Junior High School, the very location where our cultural exchange started / 交流の始まりの場所「松戸市立第五中学校」で植樹式を開催しました

Under a sunny blue sky, on April 26, 2021 we held our classic tree planting ceremony to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of our sister city relationship at Matsudo Municipal Dai-go Junior High School, the very location where our cultural exchange started all those years ago.
In 1958, a schoolgirl from this middle school sent a letter to the Australian embassy asking for some eucalyptus seeds, and we can thank this tiny gesture for starting what has come to be a great bond of friendship and exchange.
By now, Dai-go Junior High School is home to three eucalyptus trees we have planted.
For this year’s tree planting ceremony, Dai-go Junior High School students worked with the Mayor of Matsudo, Mr. Kenji Hongoya, and the President of the Matsudo City Congress, Ms. Mineko Kimura, to plant a gray bottlebrush tree, a species native to Australia and similar to a eucalyptus.
We also had a kind-eyed plush koala watch over the 50 th anniversary tree planting ceremony. It was a special present we received from the Australian ambassador back in 1960, together with a eucalyptus sapling he so graciously gifted.






Come and see "Tsurushi-bina"/ ホワイトホース市に贈る前に!市内をめぐる「つるし雛」に会いに来てください

In 2016 when the Matsudo delegation visited Whitehorse for our 45th anniversary, they received a wonderful, handmade patchwork quilt from the Whitehorse people. Touched by the warm gesture, some Matsudo citizens banded together to prepare a gift in return, and thus created the “Friendship Club.” Over the course of two years, the Friendship Club meticulously crafted a “Tsurushi-bina,” a traditional Japanese art form.

Now, in May 2021 for our 50th anniversary, we will gift this Tsurushi-bina, imbued with the hearts of our citizens, to Whitehorse as a token of our friendship. However, before we pass on the Tsurushi-bina, we would like for everyone in Matsudo to have the chance to see it, so until April 2021 it will be passed through every city branch office for brief appearances. Please stop by to take a look at our lovely, sister city friendship-laden Tsurushi-bina!


"Tsurushi-bina" Exhibition Schedule / 「つるし雛」展示スケジュール

※Please note the schedule might be changed. 各日程の最終日は、搬出のため展示時間が限られます。(最終日の朝、展示終了する場合もあります。)

日程 Dates会場 Venue

Matsudo International Cultural Festival (Civic Hall)

11月2日(月曜)から11月6日(金曜)市役所1階連絡通路 City Hall
2021年1月8日(金曜)から1月21日(木曜)常盤平支所 Tokiwadaira Branch
1月22日(金曜)から2月4日(木曜)小金支所 Kogane Branch
2月5日(金曜)から2月18日(木曜)小金原支所 Koganehara Branch
2月19日(金曜)から3月4日(木曜)六実支所 Mutsumi Branch
3月5日(金曜)から3月18日(木曜)馬橋支所 Mabashi Branch
3月19日(金曜)から4月1日(木曜)新松戸支所 Shinmatsudo Branch
4月2日(金曜)から4月15日(木曜)矢切支所 Yagiri Branch
4月16日(金曜)から4月30日(金曜)東部支所 Tobu Branch

A hanging curtain to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of our sister city relationship will welcome you! / 50周年の友好を記念した懸垂幕が、松戸市役所に来る皆さんをお出迎えしています!

There is a hanging curtain to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister city relationship on the right side of the main entrance of Matsudo city hall. It is designed by the same color as the other publications and makes our cerebration even more exciting.
Please take a look when you come to Matsudo city hall.


Flowers Flamboyantly Foster Festive Flair / お花で描いた50周年のお祝いが、松戸市役所の花壇に登場

A citizen volunteer group known as the “Matsudo Flowerbed Makers Network” carefully grew and arranged flowers to create a work of art celebrating our sister cities’ 50th friendship anniversary. The name “Whitehorse” is spelled out in flowers on one side, and on the other side you can see a horse, “50,” and heart representing the Whitehorse mascot, 50th anniversary, and love, respectively. The next time you come to the Matsudo City Hall, please have a look!



50 Years is Just the Beginning! / 50年の友好を未来へ!記念ポスターができました

To celebrate our many years of sisterhood, we have created a celebratory poster dazzlingly dotted with both the Australian national flower, the golden wattle, and one of the Matsudo’s beloved flowers, the cherry blossom. You can find the poster decorating locales and buildings all around the city.


A special edition of "Koho Matsudo" / 50周年記念の年の幕開け!広報まつどに特集を掲載

The Jan. 1, 2021 print of the “Koho Matsudo”newspaper will be a special edition print commemorating our sister city relationship’s 50th anniversary. There will also be interviews from all sorts of Matsudo citizens and high school students who have been involved with cultural exchange with Whitehorse, so please have a read!


Message from Whitehorse ホワイトホース市からのメッセージ

Message from Jenny Russell from Whitehorse City / ホワイトホース市の国際担当ジェニーさんからお手紙が届きました!

My name is Jenny Russell from City of Whitehorse - my role includes the support, assistance and promotion of the Whitehorse Matsudo Sister City Relationship, I have had the pleasure of working closely with staff of Matsudo City and Matsudo International Exchange Association over many years.
As we look forward to the very special anniversary of the Sister City relationship in May 2021, I’d like to share with you a very memorable experience of the Sister City Relationship. I visited Matsudo City with City of Whitehorse delegation of officials and community members in May 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the Sister City Relationship. Our delegation was welcomed so warmly and genuinely by Matsudo officials, staff and citizens. I remember fondly when we arrived at Matsudo City Hall there were many very young children lined up to greet us, they were waving and smiling and so happy to see us. During our visit to Matsudo we saw some beautiful places in Matsudo and were made to feel very welcome. I met several staff members of Matsudo and MIEA who I had been communicating with over the years and it was so lovely to meet in person and get to know my Matsudo counterparts. Even though our visit was a short one, the friendships and memories made will last a lifetime.

2012年の5 月、私はホワイトホース市の職員と市民の代表団と一緒に、姉妹都市提携40周年を記念して松戸市を訪問しました。私たち一行は、松戸市長、議長、職員、市民の方々に心から温かく迎えられました。私たちが松戸市役所に到着した時には、たくさんの子どもたちが列をなして、笑顔で手を振ったりして私たちを喜んで迎えてくれたことを、ほほえましく覚えています。滞在中は、松戸市の美しい場所をいくつも見てまわり、とても歓迎されていると感じました。何年にもわたって連絡を取り合っていた松戸市役所と松戸市国際交流協会のスタッフにも会うことができました。このときの訪問は短いものでしたが、友情と思い出は一生のものとなりました。

Message from past CIR Erin Scott / 元国際交流員 スコット・エリンさんからお祝いのメッセージが届きました!

It was a lovely twist of fate that I found myself working as Matsudo’s inaugural Coordinator for International Relations. Having grown up not far from the sister city of Whitehorse, I felt at home in Matsudo right away. Whether it was accompanying the Matsudo delegation during the 45th anniversary tour to Whitehorse, celebrating Green Tree Day via video link, or even welcoming several Matsudo colleagues into my home here in Australia, the sister city relationship has been a source of many enriching experiences. It has also contributed to shaping my career in public service. Nowadays I can be found working for the Victorian Government in Melbourne.

Congratulations on 50 years of friendship and collaboration!



Sister City Column, Updated every month! 毎月更新!姉妹都市通信

We will be delivering information on culture and history about our sister city monthly, keep an eye on it if you want to know more about the City of Whitehorse. The Japanese version will also be published on Matsudo newspaper "KOHO MATUSUDO" on 15th. Hope you will enjoy it!

Sister City Column 姉妹都市通信

Whitehorse City 姉妹都市ホワイトホース市をご紹介!

We will introduce our dear sister city, the City of Whitehorse, located in the State of Victoria, Australia.


Sister City Corner / 姉妹都市コーナー

In April 2020, the “Sister City Corner,” located on the 4th floor of the Matsudo Culture Hall, was renovated and re-opened. The area is filled with information about our relationship’s history, physical models of Australia, and exhibits showing off the various anniversary gifts we have received from Whitehorse over the years. Please stop by and have a look!


Exchange between two cities' students 子どもたちや高校生の姉妹都市交流

Every year on our anniversary date, May 12, we hold a Green Tree Day with Whitehorse at one of the elementary schools within our city! Both of our cities plan an anniversary tree at the same time, and through an online video call we talk with our Whitehorse friends and even open the floor to the elementary school students to speak with Mayor of Whitehorse and get a taste of international and cross-cultural communication. (Picture Caption: GTD online video call at Tokiwadaira Daisan Elementary School, 2019)


English Speech Contest / 高校生英語スピーチコンテスト

The “English Speech Contest,” a competition that began for the 10th anniversary of our sister city relationship. High school students in Matsudo prepare their own speeches in English, and then present them to an audience. The winner of the contest has the opportunity to visit Whitehorse as a Matsudo representative on the Sister City Delegation Program!


Sister City Delegation / 青少年姉妹都市派遣

Every year, middle school and high school students from Matsudo visit Whitehorse, where they experience student life at a local school and home life through a homestay. Through these experiences, friendship, on both an individual and sister city level, blossoms and burgeons.


In the pursuit of eventual international peace, the Matsudo International Exchange Association (MIEA) carries out international exchange activities designed to promote mutual understanding and camaraderie between Matsudo residents, regardless of nationality, that also leverage the history, culture, and unique characteristics of Matsudo City. MIEA has also been helping the city with events and projects for the 50th sister city relationship anniversary.


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