Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association (OFSCA)

Oakland's Oldest Sister City Relationship, Since 1962

Celebrating our 60th Anniversary in 2022!

The sister city program between Fukuoka and Oakland began with President Dwight Eisenhower’s "people-to-people" program, which made the pairing of American communities with those abroad a national priority. Because of the many similarities between the two cities, the Oakland City Council adopted a resolution in 1962 making Fukuoka its official Sister City.

The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association helps to foster and promote cultural awareness, understanding, and friendship between the people and cities of Oakland and Fukuoka. We believe that this collaboration will strengthen us as individuals, strengthen our cities, our regional communities and our Sister City organization, which will ultimately enhance international understanding and harmony between cities and nations.

60th Anniversary Mosaic Mural Project at Lakeside Gardens

2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association (OFSCA). To commemorate the occasion the organization, OFSCA in collaboration with Fukuoka representatives, has successfully fundraised to create and install a public mosaic mural in Oakland's Lakeside Park with a message of Compassion, Peace, and Community.

The mural debuted in August 2022 with special guests, then-Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf and Mayor of Fukuoka Sōichirō Takashima (高島 宗一郎) and a delegation from Fukuoka's city government, as well as OFSCA members and Oakland community partners and friends of OFSCA.

Upcoming Events in 2023

Sunday, October 22, 2023: Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Party returns! We hold this event on the Sunday closest to the full harvest moon each October, held at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. We have been holding these parties, which feature traditional Japanese entertainment, authentic obento dinners, and astronomers with powerful telescopes, since 1965, although the pandemic forced a pause from 2020-2022!

Download the 2023 Event Flyer (PDF) - Online Bento Ordering via Eventbrite is now available. Deadline to reserve a bento is Monday, October 16, 2023!

Get Involved in OFSCA Activities

Contact us at ofsca1962@gmail.com with questions and our volunteers will get in touch with you! 

For the latest opportunities, check out our Facebook page.

Make a Donation to OFSCA via PayPal

Use the PayPal button to make a donation to OFSCA via PayPal. You can also send PayPal payments directly to ofsca1962@gmail.com if you have a PayPal account for membership, event orders, etc.