Sister City - Sayama, Japan
One crisp autumn day in 1993, a delegation from Sayama, Japan, sipped tea in the garage bays of the old Worthington fire station, which served as the temporary home of the City administration while the new Municipal Building was under construction. Seeking to identify a friendship city, the Japanese delegation was visiting several central Ohio cities, including Worthington. Later that winter, officials in Worthington received an official request from the Sayama International Friendship Association
(SIFA) to become Sayama’s friendship city.
In acceptance of the invitation, the City of Worthington formed the Worthington International Friendship Association (WIFA) and visited Sayama in 1994 to bind the friendship. Five years later, in 1999, that friendship deepened even further with the signing of a sister-city agreement between the two cities.
Today, Worthington and Sayama, a suburb of Tokyo, enjoy a thriving sister-city relationship. Over the years, dozens of Worthington and Sayama delegations of citizens, city officials, students, artists and youth basketball, baseball and soccer teams have visited each other’s cities. Other exchanges have included a choral delegation from Worthington Kilbourne High School to Sayama to perform in a number of settings and experience Japanese culture by staying with Japanese families and American Experience Tours, which included people between nine and 69 years old for a homestay and cultural immersion experience in Worthington.
Delegation Applications Accepted for Worthington-Sayama, Japan Sister City Exchange
More information about Sayama, Japan.
Sayama International Friendship Association (SIFA) website
City of Sayama, Japan website (Japanese)
City of Sayama website information about Worthington