Okayama, Japan

Okayama, Japan (Population: 660,000) is San Jose’s first and oldest sister city. Okayama is famous for its 400 year old Okayama Castle and 300 year old Korakuen Gardens after which San Jose’s Japanese friendship garden, located in Kelly Park, is modeled.

San Jose celebrated its 50th anniversary with Okayama in 2007. The Mayor and more than 300 citizens of Okayama traveled to San Jose. San Jose's leadership and citizens reciprocated and traveled to Okayama to celebrate our relationship during March of 2008. If you would like to participate in our Japanese relationship details can be found on the San Jose-Okayama homepage: http://www.sj-okayama.org/ 

Please enjoy a memory with us of San Jose and Okayama's celebration in San Jose.

Gloria Stern, Pacific Neighbors 2007