Sister Cities Since 1978

The Cupertino Toyokawa Sister Cities (CTSC) organization promotes cultural awareness and friendship between the cities of Cupertino and Toyokawa, Japan. The relationship celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2022.

The friendship is built through the annual student exchange program, and also the quinquennial (every five years) adult exchange program.

The cultural awareness is promoted through the annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival (CBF) held every year on the last weekend in April. The next festival will be its 38th year and will be held on April 30th - May 1, 2022 at the Memorial Park in Cupertino.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities organization.

Our Programs

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

An annual community event in honor of our sister city, Toyokawa, typically held on the last weekend in April (Spring) at the Cupertino Memorial Park.

The 39th festival will be held on April 30th - May 1st, 2022 at Memorial Park, Cupertino. Save the Date and please visit our Cherry Blossom Festival Website for more information.

We hosted a virtual festival on April 24, 2021 (Saturday) at 1pm Pacific Daylight Time. You can watch it again on our Youtube channel.

San Jose Taiko is the the featured artist for the 38th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival this year; come out to see them perform the traditional Japanese drums.

Video - CBF.mp4

Student Delegation Exchange

Also known as the Junior Goodwill Program, Cupertino and Toyokawa Student Delegation groups visit bilaterally every year.

Selected students from Cupertino and Toyokawa are introduced to cultural and educational activities while staying with their host families.

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 program has been postponed and will resume when safe.

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Adult Delegation Exchange

CTSC Adult Delegation visit bilaterally every five years.

The 40th year celebration included a visit from Toyokawa delegates to Cupertino in July 2018 and reversely, Cupertino delegates to Toyokawa, in November 2018.

Cupertino Delegation members were warmly welcomed in Toyokawa, November 16, 2018.

Farewell group photo for Toyokawa delegation with Mayor Darcy Paul and Mayor Minori Yamawaki at the Cupertino City Hall, July, 2018

Community and Volunteering

CTSC Board and Committee Members are actively involved in a variety of community and volunteering activities.

  • We are a member of the Sister City International NorCal Board.

  • We are a member of the California-Japan Sister Cities Network (CJSCN).

  • We enacted the student internship program in 2020, where Cupertino students can participate in developing and maintaining CTSC functions and ventures.

  • We encourage intensive and quality youth volunteerism through our Presidential Service Award Program.

  • We actively participate in the City of Cupertino's community events. We have a booth at the Fall Festival and the Volunteers Fair.

  • We participate in the iNaturalist program.

June 15th, 2019 CTSC hosted the first CJSCN Silicon Valley and South Region meeting at the Cupertino City Hall.

Source: CJSCN Newsletter July 2019

April 26, 2019 CTSC received the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce's Organization of the Year STAR award.

Source: CJSCN Newsletter July 2019

75 years of Peace

Bell Ringing Ceremony

The Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities and City of Cupertino hosted a Bell Ringing Ceremony to commemorate 75 years of peace since the historical event of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Toyokawa.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday, August 5 from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. The public was invited to participate in this event and was commemorated at the same time across the nation.

A video of the ceremony is available at: