Bizen, Japan

The City Council authorized the Mayor to execute a cultural exchange agreement with Bizen, Japan, on January 27, 2015. The two cities seek to enhance the economic opportunities, understanding and friendship between the two communities.

Seeking host families for August 21-26, 2019, Japanese student visit

The Sister City Committee is looking for Menlo Park host families for a six-day visit by Japanese middle-school children from our Friendship City in Bizen, Japan. The delegation is visiting Menlo Park between Wednesday, August 21 and Monday, August 26. 

Host families need to

  • Provide beds and breakfast for 2 children ages 12-15 (or for adult chaperones)
  • Drop off/pick up each morning and evening
  • Join them at a going-away dinner Sunday evening
  • Have an interest in building bridges of friendship and cultural understanding
This is especially ideal for families with children who might be interested in cultural exchange. The Menlo Park Sister City Committee will be leading a group of students from Menlo Park to Bizen, Japan, next summer. This is a great way to begin learning about Bizen, its people and cultural exchange programs.

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact us, or suggest it to your friends.


Fill out this brief online survey to volunteer your home or learn more, or email Sister City Committee Vice Chair Kristy Holch or call 650-600-1667.

Shizutani School Auditorium

Shizutani School Auditorium