The Friendship Force of
President : Fumi Harada email : mfy.harada[ at-mark ]cure.ocn.ne.jp
Secretary : Sumie Nishimura email : sumie04[ at-mark ]jcom.home.ne.jp
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Closest major airport : Narita(Tokyo)Airport & Haneda Airport
Transportation cost between Narita airport and our city:\2,800(about90 minutes)
Transportation cost between Haneda airport and our city:\1,540(about60 minutes)
The maximum number of ambassadors : 20
|About the club :
Saitama club officially started in 1992, when it became independent from
Tokyo club. We have 58 members now. Many of our members live in Saitama
City, where most of the club activities are held. Some live in other cities
of Saitama Pref., while others live in the wider Tokyo Metropolitan Area.
The club members are eager to meet friends both old and new, and learn
about their cultures.
||About the region : Saitama is located next to Tokyo, capital of@Japan. Saitama has good access
to Tokyo, a rich traditional culture and a quiet environment. The population
of Saitama City is 1.2 million, and the population of Saitama Prefecture
is about 7 million.
The abundant nature and rich tradition of Saitama have helped to develop
numerous special products.
||OGAWA PAPER : The charm of Japanese paper lies in its deep coloring and
pleasant touch. The technique of hand-making Ogawa Paper has been designated an
important intangible cultural treasure.
|HINA DOLLS : The Hina Festival is a traditional festival for girls on
March 3rd. It is celebrated by displaying elaborate dolls with beautifully
colored costumes that represent elegant court life of historical Japan. Saitama
produces these beautiful dolls.
VILLAGE : "Bonsai
Village" in Omiya is world famous. Visiting the Bonsai gardens brings peace and
contentment to people throughout the year.
|SAYAMA TEA : Saitama is one of Japan's leading
tea-producing areas. The quality of tea is judged by its color, aroma and
flavor. Saitama tea has richness in all these aspects, but is especially well
known for its superb flavor.
|About the exchange : Since our club was established in
1992, we have enjoyed many outbound and inbound exchanges. We prefer to host in
spring or fall as those are our beautiful seasons in Saitama. Ambassadors can
use a direct/non-stop bus from the airport to get to Saitama. During each
exchange we usually have a welcome party and farewell party. Ambassadors will
have an opportunity to see the sights of Tokyo, and experience Japanese culture
like flower arrangement, tea ceremony, traditional Japanese music and trying on
kimono. We often arrange a bus trip to scenic spots like Nikko,