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Why are San Jose and Okayama City Sister Cities?

Before San Jose came to be known as the capitol of Silicon Valley, it was known for its beautiful and bountiful orchards. From the top of the hills around San Jose, a person could look out across the valley over blossoms of peaches, apricots, and plum trees! The Valley of Hearts delight made itself known in other dimensions with the advent of the silicon chip. Innovation and hi-tech made Silicon Valley a mecca for the digital revolution as farmers moved either further south or north to accommodate the growth of these new companies.

Close to 60 years of changes in each city still reflect the beginning of the relationship with a lasting appreciation for artisans, artistry and our person-to-person experiences. There is care taken to cherish the past and look towards the future.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Okayama features a welcome message (in English!) from the Governor of Okayama Prefecture!



And from San Jose – we’re also all about the sunshine!

Our Honorary Chair

At the recent 60th Anniversary of Sister Cities International Regional reception, we were honored to hear formers US Cabinet Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, confirm his commitment to be Honorary Chair of the San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities.

We could ask for no greater honor nor guidance for the organization and the upcoming 60th Anniversary of the San Jose=Okayama Sister City relationship in 2017.

Thank you, Norm!

(Sec. Mineta is 4th from the left. Between the Secretary and Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, is Sister Cities International President/CEO, Mary Kane. They are joined by Presidents of San Jose’s Sister Cities)

Thank you to Tina Urata, Board Member of San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities for the photo!

SCI-Dublin Awards 2016

Visit from our Friends in Okayama

November 12-15, 2015

There were meetings with Matt Mahood of San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Team San Jose and the Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo and an Opening Ceremony & Symposium for the Silicon Valley Office of the University of Okayama attended by Consul General of Japan, Jun Yamada, The President of Okayama University, Dr. Kiyoshi Morita, the President of San Jose State University, Susan Martin, Dean Ruth Huard, San Jose State University and Councilmember District 3, City of San Jose, Raul Peralez.

There were five delegates from the City of Okayama and 15 delegates from the University of Okayama
The Symposium highlighted presentations on Big Data, Cybersecurity/Cryptography, BioTech and BioMed
The University of Okayama Hospital is a teaching institution as well as a full working hospital and rated in the top 10 Universities in Japan.


The visit included a trip to Kelley Park Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose ( the bridge and the lantern photos below), Santana Row, San Jose Convention Center, San Pedro Square and City Hall.
Of course, we had to include a photo of the Momotaro Statue which was given in friendship to the City of San Jose by the City of Okayama many years ago. Our park rangers are now caring for the statue which is located just behind the Center for Performing Arts in Downtown San Jose.

Yamamoto-san, Hashimoto-san, Mori-san, Ozawa-San and Maesaka-san
We hope you had a good time! We miss you already!

Kelley Park, San Jose & Korakuen, Okayama

This gate to the lower garden was a collaboration between San Jose architects and architects from Okayama, Japan.
The park was dedicated in October 1965 and was created to model one of the famous three gardens in Japan, Korakuen, in Okayama City, Japan. This gate to the lower garden was a collaboration between San Jose architects and architects from Okayama, Japan.
Contact: 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 277-5254


Participating in: Okayama University Silicon Valley Office (OUSVO) Opening Ceremony & Symposium

EXCITING NEWS! Okayama University will be opening a Silicon Valley office
and we will have a few visitors from Japan to welcome to San Jose for the celebrations!
The event will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose and can be attended by invitation only.

We look forward to forming new relationships and good memories!

(Kathy, posting for SJOSC)

San Jose Okayama Sister Cities

50th Anniversary Friendship Art-Light Wall
50th Anniversary Friendship Art-Light Wall
50th Anniversary Logo
Two sided banner (different graphic on each side) created and hung for the 50th Anniversary in San Jose
Two sided banner (different graphic on each side) created and hung for the 50th Anniversary in San Jose

This is the beginning of a new website/blog for the newly formed San Jose Okayama Sister Cities!

Our mission is to support and sustain the 58 year relationship between the
Cities of San Jose, California and Okayama, Japan.

This relationship is the third Sister City relationship begun between a city in the USA and a city in another country since the program was begun by
USA President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1956. The San Jose/Okayama Sister City relationship began in 1957.

There are, at this date, 522 US cities in 143 countries. It is a model of citizenship and sharing to promote understanding and goodwill between the citizens of the sister cities.

For more information about Sister Cities International, please visit the link below

To contact San Jose Okayama Sister Cities, please email:

(IMAGES: (top to bottom, left to right)
Header Image – flags at San Jose City Hall at the 2014 Sister Cities International Conference)
1-the Friendship Art Project winning design as seen on a building in from of Okayama Station. All schools in Okayama were invited to submit their original designs.  2-the logo created for the 50th Anniversary, 3-the banner created and hung downtown and around Japantown. from the 50th Anniversary Celebrations when over 300 visitors came from the City of Okayama, Japan to San Jose in 2007 in the first Jumbo jet to land at San Jose Airport/Mineta International Airport)