About the club
Our club was founded in March 1998 as the twenty-first club in Japan and the third in Tohoku area, following Miyagi, Koriyama. Members are not only in Yamagata city, but also near cities and towns such as Kaminoyama, Nanyo, Takahata, Murayama, Higashine, Asahi, and so on.
About the region
Yamagata Prefecture: Keep our warm friendship like hot spring!
This is the catch phrase of the 20th annual All Japan Friendship Force conference in Yamagata, in June 2006. Like this, Yamagata is the kingdom of Hot Springs. There are spas in all cities, towns and villages. It’s also the kingdom of fruits. Because of the big difference of temperature in four seasons, we have many kinds of them- cherries in early summer, La France (pears), apples in fall. Look at the map. Yamagata city is located in the north-east part of Japan and just in the center across the Japanese Islands, not far from the Japan Sea and the Pacific Ocean. So we can have not only vegetables, fruits but also fresh seafood from both seas easily. Well, Yamagata is the kingdom of appetite, too. We also have many historical valuable places and buildings. And the people have succeeded to the tradition and culture. So Yamagata is evaluated as one of the representative sightseeing spots in Japan.
About the Journey
We have experienced three inbound Journeys and three outbound Journeys in the past four years. Five out of six Journeys we experienced so far were all with the countries whose native language is English. We hosted FF Wisconsin, US; FF Manitoba, Canada; and FF Gold Coast, Australia. It’s convenient for us to exchange with such clubs because some of us speak English to some extent. However, we’re planning to have Journeys with people whose native language is not English.
As for the week’s schedule for the visiting clubs, we are very proud of it. Free time and events planned for all the members are well-balanced. We’d like to report that we had not only hosts, but good day-hosts during our recent Journeys. We hold a welcome party on the day of our ambassadors’ arrival, but it’s just a simple orientation. We regard a farewell party as more important and enjoy a kind of very traditional outdoor cooking with ambassadors if the weather permits. We also make plans to have an excursion by bus visiting some neighboring scenic sites.
Updated February 2019