Exchange with Slovakia

Exchange with Slovakia
(2020年11月5日更新)

 Gifu City was registered as a host town to Slovakia on December 9, 2016. The catalyst of this relationship was a suggestion from the Japanese Embassy in Slovakia based in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city, for a sister city relationship with Gifu City.
 Now, going towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will hold exchanges with Slovakia in a variety of areas including sports and culture, as the Host Town with Nobunaga’s Hospitality.
 On December 17, 2019, Gifu City used their exchange between Paralympians from both countries to enter into an All-inclusive Society Host Town Relationship with Slovakia.

 

Exchange Plan  

plans for exchanges

About Slovakia

 

Area: about 49,000km²

Population: about 5,440,000

Capital: Bratislava 

(area about 368km², population about 430,000) 

Time Difference: -8 hrs

(Daylight Savings -7 hrs)     

           

   Slovakia is a land-bound country in middle Europe. The capital, Bratislava, faces the Danube River, and shares borders with Hungary and Austria. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, Bratislava is a city of history and old architecture.
   Bratislava Castle sits on a hill overlooking the Danube River and the city. The townscape of Bratislava is very similar to that of Gifu City.


Exchange with Slovakia

◆July 2017 Visiting Slovakia
  A delegation led by the Mayor made their first visit to the Capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. The delegation met with the Slovak Olympic Committee President, Slovak Paralympic Committee President, and Table Tennis Association President about pre-Olympic and Paralympic training camps in Gifu City, as well as meeting the Vice-Mayor of Bratislava as a first step in host town exchanges. 

 



◆July 2018   Gifu City Promotion in Slovakia
  A booth was opened at the Japanese Summer Festival (NATSUMATSURI, sponsored by the Japan Embassy in Slovakia), a festival of Japanese Culture, in Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava.
 In addition to displaying traditional crafts such as Gifu lanterns and paper umbrellas, there was a display and tasting of ayugashi (sweet pastries) and Japanese sake. 2,500 Bratislava citizens attended the event, and the Gifu City booth was a great success.



◆July 2018  Slovak Karate Union Athletes and Coaches Visit Gifu

 Athletes and coaches from the Slovak Karate Union visited Gifu City for the first time.
 Along with visiting and practicing in city facilities such as the Gifu City Taiiku Rooms, they conducted various exchanges with citizens, including school lunch at Gifu Chuo Junior High School and kata performance at the Citizens Karate Tournament.

 


◆August 2018  Slovak Paralympic Committee Delegation Visits Gifu 
 A 2-member delegation from the Slovak Paralympic Committee visited Gifu City to look at locations.
 In preparation for a potential training camp in Gifu City for athletes of the Paralympic sports of table tennis and boccia, the delegates visited various city facilities such as Moegi no Sato Multipurpose Gymnasium. They also viewed the 1300-year-old tradition of Ukai – Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River.

 


◆October 2018 Visit to Slovakia
 A Gifu City delegation led by the Mayor visited Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and met with the presidents of the Table Tennis Association, Karate Union and Paralympic Committee to sign memorandums of understanding on setting up training camps in Gifu City leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
 

 

 

◆March 2019 Slovak Paralympic Athletes Visit Gifu
 Gifu City invited Paralympic athletes from Slovakia to participate in the Slovakia Festival in Gifu, a citizen exchange event. The athletes also visited Soden and Uzura Elementary schools and played boccia with the students.

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◆June 2019 Athletes and a Coach from the Slovak Table Tennis Association Visit Gifu City
 Athletes and a coach of the Slovak Table Tennis Association visited Gifu for the first time. Training camps were held at the Moegi no Sato Multipurpose Gymnasium with the table tennis teams from Juroku Bank, the Aichi Institute of Technology, and Asahi University in order to prepare the Slovak athletes for the ITTF World Tour Platinum Japan Open in Hokkaido.
 They also played some table tennis with members of the table tennis club of their support school, Seizan Junior High School, who had come to watch them train.

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◆July 2019 Gifu City Promotion in Slovakia
 Gifu City opened a booth in the Japanese Summer Festival (NATSUMATSURI) that was held in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia (held by the Embassy of Japan in Slovakia) for the second year in a row.
 On top of displaying traditional handicrafts such as Gifu paper lanturns and Gifu Japanese umbrellas, the booth also had specialty goods such as ayugashi (sweet pastries) and Japanese sake for visitors to taste test.
 1300 people from in and around Bratislava attended the festival, and Gifu City’s booth was busier than the previous year with many stopping by.

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◆August 2019 A Coach and Athletes from the Slovak Karate Union Visit Gifu City
 Athletes and a coach of the Slovak Karate Union visited Gifu to attend a training camp in preparation for the Karate 1 Premium League Tournament in Tokyo that was held to determine if athletes qualified for the Olympics.
 Athletic rooms within Gifu City were used as the venue for the training camp, and the Slovak athletes practiced along with athletes from the Seino Transport and Chubu Gakuin University karate teams.
 The athletes and their coach had a courtesy call with the mayor, and afterwards they went on a cormorant fishing viewing. They also went on a talk show on Slovakia Day during Host Town Week 2019 and visited one of their support schools, Gifu Chuo Junior High, to deepen their exchanges with the citizens of Gifu.

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◆September 2019  Slovak Paralympic Athletic Teams Visit Gifu City
 The Slovak Paralympic boccia and table tennis teams visited Gifu City to attend training camps. The dishes served at their evening welcome banquet used ingredients cultivated in Gifu City such as edamame and sweetfish.
 The athletes had exchanges with athletes from Japan’s Paralympic table tennis team, and they visited two of their host town support schools, Uzura and Shokaku Elementary schools, where they played boccia and table tennis with the students.
 Lastly, the athletes attended a joint practice held with Asahi University and the Gifu Boccia Association in the Gifu Prefecture Welfare Yuai Arena where students from Soden Elementary, one of their support schools, came to watch them play.

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