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The event is organized by the Forest Grove Sister Cities Committee as a student exchange program fundraiser.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Community members celebrate a 30-year partnership between sister cities at Hillsboro's Rood Bridge Park in 2018.Forest Grove has been celebrating three decades since it formally started its sister city relationship with Nyuzen, Japan, in 1989.

On Oct. 5, the Forest Grove Sister Cities Committee is putting on a Japanese Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria of Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane.

The festival will be a community celebration of Japanese culture and the relationship between Forest Grove and Nyuzen, a port town on the west coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island. It will also serve as a fundraiser for the student exchange program, through which the Forest Grove School District hosts high school students from Nyuzen and vice versa.

Activities at the festival include the Japanese paper-folding art of origami, a bean bag toss game called otedama, a pin-the-tail game called furuwarai, Japanese calligraphy, photos in traditional Japanese attire, and a formal Japanese tea ceremony.

Food will also be available for purchase.

Advance tickets are available for $8, or $30 for a family pass with two adults and up to three children. They can be purchased on the City of Forest Grove's website.

Children younger than 6 are admitted for free.

After Sept. 20, ticket prices increase to $10 apiece or $35 for a family pass.

The Forest Grove Sister Cities Committee is also seeking volunteers to host a student delegation visiting from Nyuzen in late October. The delegation, including three adults and 10 students, arrives in the early afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 26, and then departs on the early morning of Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Students will be busy during the day for most of their visit, but they will spend evenings with their host families.

To sign up to host a delegate, download the form, fill it out, and return it to the city by mail or email.


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