A great history continues...
The City of Belmont has built a 35 year relationship with its
Sister City, Adachi-ku in Tokyo, Japan. The City of Belmont entered into
a Sister City relationship with the Special Ward of Adachi-ku in
October of 1984. The mainstay of this relationship since its inception
has been the annual Student Exchange Program.
The Sister City relationship promotes cultural and educational
exchanges between the two cities. Each year City of Belmont students
travel to Adachi in early January to experience Japanese culture and
customs. Similarly, students from Adachi-ku visit the City of Belmont in
July-August where they explore the City and the wider Perth region and
participate in cultural tours, school visits and sightseeing.
Students are home hosted by local Belmont families, which
contributes to their cultural experience and offers them an opportunity
to improve their English language skills.
The City of Belmont works in close partnership with the Belmont
Sister City Association to ensure tours are well planned and managed. To
make contact with the Belmont Sister City Committee, please contact the
Coordinator Community Projects at the City of Belmont on (08) 9477 7141
Sister City Belmont Student Delegation - January 2019
The City of Belmont’s Sister City Student Delegation travelled to Adachi, Japan in January 2019, accompanied by a Cultural Leader, City of Belmont Councillor and Tour Manager. Nine local students from Belmont City College and Ursula Frayne Catholic College experienced a cultural and educational exchange where they saw the sights of Adachi and its surroundings.
The students were immersed in the Japanese culture and way of living from the start, as they were staying with carefully selected Japanese families.
Student highlights included seeing the sights of Tokyo, eating traditional foods, visiting the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sensoji Temple and Belmont Park. The delegates particularly enjoyed the Japanese customs like ‘Daruma Kuyo’ a doll burning ceremony symbolising the bringing of good luck and achieving positive resolutions for the year.
The students also visited a local high school, Fuchie High School, and enjoyed Kendo training, along with wearing traditional armour, gloves and using wooden kendo sticks (swords). The tour was a mix of education, culture and fun.
The Adachi - Belmont Sister City relationship continues to strengthen through these visits and the City of Belmont is looking forward to hosting a Japanese citizen’s delegation from Adachi in August 2019 as part of the 35 year anniversary celebrations.
Sister City Adachi Student Delegation - July 2018
Adachi to Belmont exchange - July 2018
The City of Belmont welcomed students from its Sister City to Belmont on 26 July 2018 where they were greeted by their host families.
The partnership between the two countries, cities and cultures has resulted in hundreds of students travelling to Australia from Adachi offering the opportunity for many local students to experience a different culture.
For many of the Adachi students this was their first time in Australia.
The students spent the week travelling around Perth, experiencing Australian culture and making new friends.
The students’ itinerary included such locations as Yagan Square, Caversham Wildlife Park, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Hillary's Marina and AQWA, local attractions Adachi Park and Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout, as well as many other experiences.
City of Belmont Mayor, Councillor Phil Marks said it was wonderful to welcome the students to Belmont.
“The City of Belmont’s Sister City relationship with Adachi in Tokyo continues to be a strong one,” Mayor Marks said.
On behalf of the City of Belmont and the Special Ward of Adachi Tokyo, we would like to thank everyone involved who supported the 2018 Belmont Sister City Adachi Student Delegation.
Pictured: Derek Nannup and the Djinna Moorditj dance group with visiting Adachi students.