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This year our city, Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, is celebrating 55 years of sister-city friendship with Pasadena, Texas. Goodwill mission members from Pasadena visited Hadano last month to honor our sister-city history.

After a one-week visit, they told us that they were overwhelmed not only with the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom, but also the clean air, delicious water (spring water from Hadano has won numerous awards for its taste), the fantastic view of Mount Fuji, an atmosphere of peacefulness and an abundance of omotenashi (hospitality).

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