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Sister City- Moriyama Japan

August 2016 Goodwill Delegation from Shiga – Host Families Sought

From August 25th-29th the State of Michigan will host forty (40) Goodwill Mission delegation members from our sister state, Shiga Prefecture in Japan. These Shiga participants will enjoy a four-day “home stay” with host families around Michigan.

All Michigan citizens are welcome to host. Families or individuals, urban or rural, residents of all ages–you can provide unique experiences for our guests from Shiga. Your guest will learn far more about Michigan lifestyles by being a guest in your home, sharing family meals, and participating in your daily activities than any travel brochure can describe. In return, you will also learn about your guest’s culture as well as your own!
Since the establishment of the sister state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture in 1968, our states have worked together to offer numerous exchanges including annual goodwill missions, student exchanges, teacher exchanges and more. Over the years, thousands of people of all ages have traveled between Michigan and Shiga. Visiting guests and host families have formed lifelong friendships between our two states and have developed a greater understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Here in Adrian, our Sister City is Moriyama, Japan. There will be a delegation of 7 individuals from Moriyama coming to Michigan for the 2016 Goodwill Mission. We are hoping to find Host Families from Adrian and the surrounding Lenawee County area to house these 7 delegates. If you are interested in hosting one of the 7 delegates, please complete the online Host Family Application Form or contact Pat Baker, [email protected] or Marilyn Schlief, [email protected] or call 517-264-4866.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hosting Schedule

Host Family Application Form


Sister City History
On July 29, 1988, eight citizens of the Japanese city of Moriyama arrived in Adrian to begin a 5-day visit as part of the 1988 Shiga Goodwill Mission to Michigan. In August of 1989, an Adrian delegation, headed by Mayor James Berryman, traveled to Moriyama as part of the Michigan Goodwill Mission. This trip concluded with a signing of a “Sister-City Agreement” that has promoted a lasting friendship that has included continuous involvement with the yearly Goodwill Missions. About 50 Adrian residents have made the Goodwill Mission trip to Moriyama and nearly 100 Moriyama residents have visited Adrian.

Adrian-Moriyama Agreement
25th Anniversary Adrian-Moriyama Agreement Signed August 24, 2014

With the signing of the formal “Sister-City Agreement”, the Lenawee Intermediate School District took on the educational component of language and cultural awareness. From 1989 to 1996, a consortium of area schools provided funding for a bi-lateral teacher exchange. Many Adrian students learned about Japan and its culture through the Moriyama teachers’ presentations. Gradually the program expanded to include High School (1993 – present) and the Middle School (1995 – present) exchanges. In the latter program, eight students are eligible to host a student over Halloween and then visit that student in Moriyama the following spring.

For more information about the Michigan-Shiga Sister State program please visit their website.

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