A Sister City relationship was initiated with Anjo, Japan in 1982 and the program officially incorporated in 1992. The Sister City Association of Huntington Beach is a nonprofit citizen-run organization, which successfully operates annual programs of international goodwill between Huntington Beach and Anjo, Japan. The sister city movement is an outgrowth of then President Dwight Eisenhower's People to People concept created in 1956. The Huntington Beach Sister City Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the tradition of friendship and cultural exchange with our sister city in Anjo, Japan. In 2013 the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom festival was created by one of our student ambassadors as her Girl Scout Gold Award project after realizing the program was in jeopardy due to a lack of funding. The Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dance, music, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts and games and has become known for it's delicious Japanese food offerings! The festival is advertised throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County and on social media. Attendance at last years Festival was well over 8,000 with a delegation coming all the way from Japan for the event!
For the last 35 years the HB Sister City Association has hosted a delegation of students from our Sister City in Anjo, Japan and sent a delegation of students who live in the HBUHSD boundary to experience life in their city. Annually, four high school students and a chaperone participate in a 2-week reciprocal exchange where students in Anjo come to experience life in Huntington Beach and then our students traveling to Anjo to experience their life and culture. Many cultural and fun activities are enjoyed; lifetime friendships are formed, and the experience has made a dramatic impact on many students' lives. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who either live in Huntington Beach or attend one of the five Huntington Beach Union High School District schools are eligible. This opportunity for cultural exchange is life changing!
If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador please submit the application below.
The Sister City ideology promotes the idea that it's the interaction of people--not governments--of different countries and diverse cultures that can put the world on the path to enduring peace. Over the last 35 years any Anjo adult delegations have visited Huntington Beach and a number of Huntington Beach individuals and organized groups of local citizens have visited Anjo. October 2018 saw a delegation of 33 Huntington Beach residents travel to Anjo lead by Major Barbara Delgleize.
In addition, every year we need an Adult volunteer to Chaperone our student delegation, if you are interested in serving as a Chaperone please submit the application below.