This non-profit sister city committee hopes to bring together the peoples of Funabashi, Japan and Hayward, California and the surrounding areas in order to better appreciate one another, as individuals and as citizens of our respective countries, through participation in exchanges of art, culture, business, industry, education, and sports.
It is the hope of this committee that our Sister Cities of Funabashi and Hayward will experience many happy exchanges, especially of our youth, for they are our future.
Membership fees, fundraising efforts, and donations will be used for these purposes. The committee will focus on volunteerism by its members and other interested participants to realize our goals.
Incorporated in 1876, the City of Hayward is named after Colonel William Hayward, one of the first American settlers in 1853. He later built the popular way stop, Hayward’s Hotel...
The name “Funabashi” comes from the ancient custom of lining boats along the Ebi River to form a bridge. “Funabashi” means “bridge of boats.”
You can become a part of this multi-cultural partnership between Japan and the United States, experience the fun of meeting new visitors to Hayward, and help with people-to-people exchanges, particularly with young people.