Miki City Japan Sister City New Resident

Gary Poidevin and Teruhisa Gonoi

Miki City Sister City Exchange 2023 delegate, Teruhisa Gonoi, has returned to live and work in the Federation Council!

Arriving here in August 2023 on the exchange from Miki City, Teru was so delighted with the visit that he has returned to stay!!

Teru said, I loved my visit in 2023 and was very grateful for the opportunity.

“The local community was so welcoming and provided me with a wonderful taste of life here in Australia.”

“I have now finished school and decided to come back to immerse myself in the Federation community and culture, initially for twelve months with a view to a possible permanent relocation.”

“Australia and Japan have such differing cultures, which I find so interesting. However, what I have noticed that is similar is the importance we place on sense of community and friendships,” he said.

Local community members Gary and Christine Poidevin are supporting Teru with accommodation in Corowa and integration into the broader local community, including seeking local employment opportunities.

Gary Poidevin said, “It’s been very exciting to see participants over the years gain so much opportunity from the Sister City program, it really has changed lives. Many long-life friendships have developed, travel opportunities have taken place and new careers developed.”

Federation Council Mayor, Cr Patrick Bourke said, the Federation Council – Miki City Sister City Exchange Program aims to provide community members, as well as those who work and study in the Council areas, an opportunity to experience and learn about a different culture.

“Applications are currently open for Federation residents, as well as anyone who works or studies within the Federation Council, to travel to Miki City on the 2024 sister city exchange program visit.”

“Federation Council, with support from the Australia-Japan Foundation, produced a documentary film through Nomad Films, to capture the essence of the program, showing the real emotions and connections that are made through the program. I encourage anyone who may be interested in the Sister Program to take a look!” he said.

Teru will also be supporting the 2024 participants heading to Miki City, with language tips and information on Japanese culture.

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