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2017 Goodwill Mission to Shiga

Updated: Sep 9, 2021
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Visit Japan during the 2017 Goodwill Mission

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit Japan during the 2017 Goodwill Mission, scheduled for September 5 through 15. The annual Goodwill Mission is a key component of Birmingham’s Sister City relationship with Ritto. It offers opportunities for Michigan and Shiga residents to deepen friendships and cultural understanding between our sister-states. These trips are a truly unique cultural experience!

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Michigan-Shiga relationship. The Michigan-Shiga Sister State Board has invited 40 Michigan community members to enjoy a ten-day goodwill mission to Shiga, including home-stay experiences with Shiga families. The package includes:

  • Roundtrip flight from Detroit Metro Airport and ground transportation
  • Hotel (five nights)  and homestay with a Japanese family (four nights)
  • Most meals
  • Four days of sightseeing, including:
    • Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples
    • Ninja Village in Koka
    • Japan Center for Michigan Universities
    • Shopping excursions
    • Lake Biwa Museum
    • Traditional Japanese village on Lake Biwa
    • Scenic boat rides on Lake Biwa
    • Chikubushima Island
  • Participation in the 50th Anniversary Ceremony (Sept. 9) including:
    • Keynote remarks by Governors Snyder and Mikazuki
    • Special performances
    • Formal dinner
Individuals interested in participating in the 2017 Goodwill Mission to Shiga may contact Joellen Haines at jhaines@bhamgov.org.