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Monterey will celebrate 250 years all year long in 2020!
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2015 Visit from Nanao, Japan Sister City Delegation Celebrating Our 20+ Year Friendship
Sister City since: 1995
Distance from Monterey: 5,274miles, 18 hrs 5min
Population City: 58,204
Population Country: 126,860,000
Climate: humid subtropical climate, hot, wet summers, cool, snowy winters
Local Time: GMT+9
Currency: Japanese yen
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The Japanese City Nanao is located in Ishikawa Prefecture. Nanao is the northern part of Ishikawa, Japan and is also largest City in the Noto Province . The City was founded on July 20, 1939 and offers several amazing views of nature. Nanao has for example several hot springs to visit or viewing cherry blossoms.
The Monterey-Nanao relationship dates back to 1986, when a group from Nanao first visited Monterey to study the city’s economic drivers. Like Monterey, Nanao is a coastal community that repositioned itself as a tourist destination after its fishing industry diminished. Several delegations visited California in the following years, and local Rotary clubs and non-profit organizations got involved in hosting and leading presentations. By the mid-1990s, the two communities signed a formal sister city agreement and a group of volunteers came together as the Monterey Peninsula-Nanao Friendship Association to coordinate cultural and business exchanges. Since 1995, more than 700 Nanao residents have visited Monterey; some 300 professionals and youngsters from Monterey have toured Nanao. Students from Walter Colton School regularly travel to Japan through the affiliation, as do student groups associated with Rotary International and the Soroptimist’s Junior Wings program and young musicians from the Monterey Jazz Festival’s all-star bands.