"Bridging Cultures Through Understanding"

Saint Paul - Nagasaki Sister City Committee

Mission Statement

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee is committed to cultural understanding and appreciation, through both public and members-only events, and the continual development of our sister city relationship with Nagasaki, Japan.

Who We Are

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) was commissioned as the first Japanese-American city partnership in 1955, predating the International Sister City Affiliation enacted by Congress during the Eisenhower administration.  Its purpose was, and continues to be, to promote beneficial relationships between the American and Japanese people in the two cities, and to promote the cause of peace.

What We Do

Our first programs helped the city of Nagasaki recover from the damage it sustained from nuclear bombing during World War II.  Today, we continue to connect Japanese and American cultures through grass-roots ambassadorship and to promote Japanese culture in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial, August 5-6 & 8

Each August we remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and renew our...

July 11 Prayer for Peace

This year’s Prayer for Peace has been cancelled. Please join us at the Hiroshima...

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival, June 14

Normandale Community College’s Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis on its campus in...

Annual Cherry Tree Celebration, June 7

Free and open to the public! Bring the whole family to enjoy a summer morning of crafts,...

Kizuna 3 – Remembering the Great East Earthquake of Japan 3/ 11

Again this year, the Twin Cities Japanese American community will remember the...

Audacious Eye exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Tuesday, December 31–12:30 p.m. Private tour of the Audacious Eye exhibit at the...

US Ambassador Kennedy visits Nagasaki

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has paid her first visit to Nagasaki in...

SPNSCC Annual Meeting & Dinner

Join us for SPNSCC’s Annual Meeting for an evening of food, celebration and remembrance...

Give to the Max Day Nov. 14

This November 14th help us reach our annual fundraising goal of $500 to assist in...

Return of the Sword Ceremony

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor Center Saint Paul, Minnesota Saturday, September...