Visit from Forest Grove

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A delegation from Forest Grove, Oregon visited the Toyama Prefectural Office on July 24th

In the end of July, a delegation from the City of Forest Grove, Oregon visited the Town of Nyuzen, Toyama Prefecture, staying with local residents and paying a courtesy call to prefectural government officials during their visit. Forest Grove Mayor Peter Truax headed the delegation which also included City Councilors Richard Kidd and Malynda Wenzl, for a total of 13 distinguished members from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

The Sister Cities relationship between Forest Grove and Nyuzen dates back to 1988, with delegations hosted by members of each community almost every year. For several members of the delegation, this was not the first time to visit Nyuzen; several members mentioned that during their repeated visits, real friendship had blossomed over the years. This year’s delegation was in Toyama from July 22nd – 26th, staying with home stay families in Nyuzen, and also touring other areas in Toyama Prefecture, such as the Kurobe Gorge and various locations in the city of Takaoka.

Tim Rippe, Public Safety Advisory Commission Board Member, gave the following comment about his experience with the delegation:

“Our trip to Nyuzen and Toyama, Japan was informative, educational and fun.  I personally enjoyed experiencing the Japanese culture first hand by staying with my host family in Nyuzen.  The area is beautiful with much history and many cultural sites.  Everyone was friendly and helpful.  Someday I would like to return to the area to learn more about public safety issues and also spend more time in Toyama visiting history and art museums.  The trip was a very rewarding experience for me.”

For more information about the Sister City relationship, see Forest Grove’s webpage: