The Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association is the organization that stewards the longest-running Sister City relationship in Portland, Oregon -- and one of the oldest in the United States. With a mission of fostering and promoting cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Japan, the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association was founded in 1959 and celebrated its 50th successful year in 2009.
Portland and Sapporo are similar in many ways, despite being separated by more than 4,000 miles. Northern cities that lie at close to the same latitude, both are relatively young cities of approximately 150 years, with metropolitan populations of close to two million. Both cities enjoy beautiful settings and an appreciation of the outdoors. Both were established by pioneers -- by loggers and fishermen -- who took good advantage of their respective region's rich natural resources.
The Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association (PSSCA) celebrates the similarities and the differences between these two beautiful cities by supporting many forms of interaction, including hosting visits of international delegations, facilitating political outreach, encouraging educational connections, participating in or producing Japanese-themed events and promoting communication, both local and international. PSSCA welcomes volunteers and supporters to be part of this longstanding tradition.