Facts about Kawanishi
Kawanishi, located in Hyogo prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu, has a population of 150,000. It is a modern and beautiful city, located in the Japanese heartland. Their government includes a Mayor and City Commissioners, as well as many departments similar to ours--Public Works, Housing, Police, Fire, etc. The climate of Kawanishi is very similar to that of Bowling Green. June is considered the "rainy season" with rain almost every day. The citizens of Kawanishi enjoy each of the four seasons, but especially the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees of spring. In 1990, after many informal visits to Bowling Green, Ms. Mitsuko (Miko) Muraguchi introduced the governments of Kawanishi and Bowling Green, thus Paving the way for the two cities to establish the current sister city relationship.
A formal Sister City Agreement was signed by Mayor Johnny Webb and Mayor Susumu Shibao on October 16, 1992.
ensures that Kawanishi and Bowling Green will work toward
the common goal of deepening mutual understanding and friendship
through educational, cultural, sporting, economic, and interpersonal
exchanges. Since the signing, Bowling Green and Kawanishi
have hosted official delegations between the cities, runners
have been exchanged between Bowling Green's 10K Classic
and Kawanishi's Hitokura Dam Mini-Marathon, a pen pal program
and art exchange program with the public schools have been
initiated, and in 1998 a high school student exchange program
Mayor Oshio of Kawanishi
The City tree - Cherry
The City flower - Gentian