Yuasa, Japan Sister City

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Yuasa PhotosYuasa town is located in the southwestern part of Japan, along the ocean. The population of Yuasa is approximately 17,000. Yuasa is known for many products in Japan's culture including:

  • 50% of the nation's harvest of oranges
  • pure mineral water
  • hot springs
  • fishing
  • the origin of soy sauce
  • the origin of "Kinzanji Miso" (bean paste)
  • trees


About 1,500 years ago a powerful Samurai family named Yuasa founded the town of Yuasa. The Yuasa family was a warrior class and was known for its strong naval force. The Yuasa family held power for 300 years in Japan, China and Korea. Today Yuasa is known as the cultural and administrative center for this area of Japan.

Sister City Relationship

In March 1986, the sister city relationship between Yuasa and Cambridge began. In March 1994, Yuasa founded "YICES" (Yuasa International Cultural Exchange Society).

Cambridge visited Yuasa in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002 (for the 150th anniversary of Taikyu High School), 2003, and 2012. Yuasa visited Cambridge in 1996, 2001, & 2016.

2016 was the 30th Anniversary of our Sister School Exchange between Cambridge-Isanti High School and Taikyu High School in Yuasa Japan. On March 22 a group of Students visited Cambridge City Hall, They were greeted by The Chairman of the Sister City Program Councilman Joe Morin, and were led by Jim Godfrey. The Students were given a tour of Cambridge City Hall, and the Police and Fire Departments. They were able to try on full size gear in each department, look and sit in the different vehicles, and explore some of the equipment.

In August 2016, the City of Cambridge hosted citizens from Yuasa.

Build a traditional Japanese Automaton from scratch

Kimiko Hirahata, who is a frequent visitor to Cambridge leading the Yuasa delegation visits, would like to share with you how to build a traditional Japanese Automation from scratch. Please visit this link for fore information;

How to build