Nagaoka’s strong support of the Sister Cities concept enables this to be Fort Worth’s most active program with over 200 youth and adults exchanging each year for programs in sports, culture and education. For over 12 years, Shinichi Hara, the “Safeway” of Nagaoka, has sponsored over $1 million in scholarships both in Nagaoka and Fort Worth for students and teachers to participate in an annual two-week educational exchange. Nagaoka, fireworks capital of Japan, sent a spectacular fireworks gift for Fort Worth’s celebration as an All America City. Exchanges were developed including fire, rescue and Red Cross training, Rotary and Soroptimists civic programs, and cowboys and culture programs for tourism. Also, was recognized internationally for their creative participation in the 100-day Sun and Star Festival Parade and the Sister Cities International celebration.
“Traveling abroad is exciting, but it can be overwhelming too. When traveling with a Sister Cities group, you will be included in several group briefings before your departure including protocol information specific to your trip. Additionally, we have created a Travel Checklist as a resource for you to help you get the most out of your experience.”
Nagaoka is located in the center of Niigata prefecture and the surrounding Chūetsu region. Nagaoka was an inland city, but after the double decker mergers held in 2005 and 2006, the city of Nagaoka is now connected to the Sea of Japan.