Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association (OFSCA)

Oakland's Oldest Sister City Relationship, Since 1962

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: Friday, July 26 (Arrival) through Monday, August 6, 2024 (Departure) 

Families in the Oakland, CA area are needed to host our six incoming high school students from Fukuoka, Japan during their Summer 2024 Youth Exchange visit. Whether you have children of your own at home or enjoy hosting international visitors, we welcome your interest and applications! If you have questions regarding the host family experience, view our website or email us at ofsca1962@gmail.com with questions. (Update May 21: Only one more host family needed - could it be you??)

60th Anniversary Celebrations 2022-2023

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.

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.