Sister-city affiliation anniversary events:
speech and recitation contests
As anniversary events
of sister-city affiliation, the following events are held annually:
English speech contests, German and Chinese recitation contests,
and Russian poetry gatherings.
Some of the prizewinners
of the English speech contests are sent to Portland as friendship
ambassadors, and the winners of the German and Chinese recitation
contests are presented with round-trip airplane tickets to Munich
Video letter and artwork exchange program
subsidizes kindergartens and elementary, junior high and senior
high schools in Sapporo that have sister schools in Sapporo's
sister cities. These subsidies aim to help schools promote
friendships with their sister schools and increase mutual understanding
through exchanges of student paintings, calligraphy and artworks
and through video letters showing classroom and club activities
and school festivals.
Subsidy for exchange activities
To promote grassroots
exchanges, the association subsidizes the dispatch of delegations
to and from sister cities for activities in fields such as
education, culture, the arts and sports.
Publication of a sister-city newsletter, TOMO
publishes the publicity newsletter TOMO twice a year, to provide
information on the association's activities (speech and recitation
contests and the like) and to publish reports from participants
in the aid program for citizens visiting sister cities.