MIShigaLogo In 1968 Governor Romney of Michigan and Governor Nozaki of Shiga Prefecture, Japan signed the agreement to establish a sister state relationship. This Michigan-Shiga partnership is the oldest and most comprehensive sister state relationship between the United States and Japan. Residents of Michigan and Shiga continue to maintain close ties through partnership activities between sister cities and exchanges involving students, teachers, community members and government officials.



2014 Goodwill Mission from Shiga, Japan

From August 22nd-27th the State of Michigan will welcome 40 goodwill mission delegation members from Japan. These participants will be placed with hosts all over Michigan for a five day “home stay.” Learn more about hosting. If you are interested in hosting a delegate from Shiga Prefecture, Japan as part of the 2014 Goodwill Mission, please complete the online Host Family Interest Form.

2014 Goodwill Mission Flyer


Two Sister Wines are now available at Leelanau Cellars!

Earlier this summer, Leelanau Cellars launched two new wines to benefit the "Art from the Lakes" project. The label art for these wines was done by Linda Beeman and pays a great tribute to the Sister State relationship. Currently, there is both a red and white wine available through the Leeanau Cellars for $10 a bottle.

They are both very well-made wines. For now, the wine is available only in the tasting room in Omena, but Leelanau Cellars can ship to all 50 states, and you may order the wine by contacting Tony Lentych, General Manager at Leelanau Cellars directly at tlentych@leelanaucellars.com or by calling the tasting room at 231.386.5201.

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