Bloomington and Izumi City

Bloomington is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its relationship with Izumi City, Japan

The Bloomington-Izumi Sister City relationship began in 1993. 

When Bloomington began to explore the idea of a Sister City, organizers looked for commonalities often shared between them and potential Sister Cities. These included community goals, population size, geographic conditions, key industries, infrastructure, local ethnic population, business, and education. Bloomington sought a Sister City located within a larger metropolitan area, had a college or university within its boundaries, and shared a similar economic structure.

Since officially establishing the Sister City relationship, numerous exchanges have helped each Sister City learn about government structures, industries, community services, art groups, culture groups, fraternal organizations, schools, and colleges. These knowledge transfer has come through exchanges of middle and high school students, marathon runners, and working professional delegations. 

Members of the community, businesses, government, the arts, athletes, and K-12 students participate in a variety of events on these exchanges. These experiences provide exposure to the「日常生活」or "Everyday Life" of a member of each city. Although there are cultural differences between our two cities, these exchanges show us that we are more alike than we are different.

Izumi City Japan

Bloomington, MN

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