Anjo, Japan - sister city
In October 1988, the former City of Altona (now Hobsons Bay City Council) established a sister city agreement with the City of Anjo in Japan.
The two cities aim to develop friendship and goodwill through the relationship, as well as exchanging information, ideas, culture and traditions.
As a result of the agreement, the Altona (now Hobsons Bay) International Friendship Association was formed by local residents. The association organises the annual student exchange program which provides an opportunity for students from both countries to experience a different culture and lifestyle.
It also participates in a cultural exchange program every two years, where each city donates five pieces of art from their local artists.
About Anjo, Japan
Anjo is situated near the centre of the Nishi-Mikawa Plain, around 30 km from Nagoya. It covers an area approximately 86 square km with a population of approximately 180,000 people.
Like Hobsons Bay, Anjo was originally an agricultural district and now industrial development has taken over. There are now around 1200 manufacturing companies located in Anjo.
Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association Inc.
The Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association Inc. (HBIFA) assists Council with its sister-city relationship with Anjo and promotes the friendship throughout Hobsons Bay.
The group arranges the annual student exchange program where four students and a chaperone visit Anjo, stay with host families for two weeks, and experience Japan’s culture.
The local students and chaperone host the Japanese students and show them life in Australia. HBIFA also regularly exchanges artwork with Anjo and hosts a delegation of adults from Japan.
For more information about the HBIFA contact:
Joy Martin – President
Christopher Malady – Secretary
John Whittington – Student Exchange Coordinator