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Sister City 姉妹都市(しまいとし)

[2014年9月9日]

Sister City Relationship

On September 1st, 2005, Norman Mayor Harold Haralson and Seika Mayor Kaname Kimura met in a conference room in Norman City Hall. There, they signed an agreement creating a sister city relationship between Norman and Seika.

Norman City Hall

What kind of place is Norman?

Located in the American Midwest, the city of Norman, with a population of around 120,000 people, is Oklahoma’s third largest city. Being a university city, about one tenth of its 500 square kilometer area is occupied by the University of Oklahoma.

Norman was founded in 1889 with a population of 125 people and has grown together with the University of Oklahoma that was established just after in 1890. The University of Oklahoma, or OU, is a well-known school throughout the United States and currently has more than 30,000 students attending it. There are multiple research facilities located on campus, and in recent years there has been an increase in research productivity from cooperation between industries and research facilities allowing the university city to grow.

The city is primarily flat with several parks and lakes. Due to the large amount of sunny days and a tendency in the past for droughts, the majority of the lakes are man-made lakes built to for drought resistance. These lakes help protect agricultural enterprises focused on corn and wheat. Also, in Oklahoma, the oil business is very strong and you can find a number of oil wells speckled across Norman.

Prior to the 1889 Land Run, Oklahoma, including Norman, was the center of the Native American population. Their culture and art are diligently being preserved in Norman.

Norman City Flag

Within the colorful flag of Norman, the various characteristics of the town can be seen in the design. In the lower, red half, half of a cog, a lightning bolt, a feather, a music note, wheat and a pencil make up the design. These represent the industry, energy, traditions of the natives, art and culture, farming, and education that make the city of Norman what it is.

Norman City owes its namesake to land surveyor Abner E. Norman who lived during time period in which Oklahoma was pioneered. This bronze statue of Norman currently resides in front of the City Hall.

History of the Sister City Relationship

In 1985, when Kyoto prefecture and the state of Oklahoma established a Sister State-Prefecture relationship, Norman and Seika began a friendly relationship that continued for 20 years. During this period of time, Seika at the heart of the Kansai Science City and Norman, a science city in its own right centered around the University of Oklahoma and its industrial connections, continued to maintain their relationship as they both grew. Finally, in 2005, on the 20th anniversary of the friendship between Norman and Seika that stemmed from the Kyoto and Oklahoma sister relationship, the two cities established a sister city connection, renewing their desire for exchange.

To learn more about Norman, please click on the following link.

    Norman City Website (English Only)(Opens in a seperate tab)

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