The Toledo-Toyohashi Sister City relationship began in 1997 when Mrs. Justine Singer visited Toyohashi and became friends with Mr. and Mrs. Murata. In the fall of 1998, the Toyohashi Photo Club sent its first delegation to Toledo.
In February 1999, a Toledo delegation visited Toyohashi to plan for sister city relations. In September of 1999, an official Toyohashi group came to Toledo. On April 29, 2000, a twelve-member Toledo delegation participated in the signing of sister city relations in Toyohashi. Mayors Finkbeiner and Hayakawa signed the document for their respective cities. On May 16, 2000, the two mayors repeated the signing ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Since then, there have been many exchanges with the eighth biennial visit of representatives of the 23 Toyohashi Junior High School students to Toledo taking place in October 2014. Several high school visits have taken place between the two cities with the Bowsher High School and the Toyohashi Commercial High School exchange as one of the leaders. Annually, a University of Toledo student delegation, led by Professor Joseph Hara, visits Toyohashi and has become a regular part of our international friendship. Students from Toyohashi have been participants in our annual two-week summer International Youth Academy (IYA).
In 2006, Toledo City Council President Mark Sobczak and others travelled to Toyohashi to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the official designation of Toyohashi as a city. In May 2009 and again in 2010, Professor Hoover led a group of citizens to Toyohashi. The Toledo International Youth Orchestra, with the assistance of Toledo-Toyohashi Sister City Committee, visited Toyohashi in the summer of 2011.
Distance from Toledo: 6,549 miles
Benefit: Scholarship from The University of Toledo
William D. Hoover, Chair
Joseph Hara, Vice Chair
Kristi Pawlak, Toledo Sister Cities Representative
Marie Hoover, Secretary
William D. Hoover
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