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Update:October 27, 2011

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Miura City Logo

Miura City Logo

The origin of the design of this logo comes from the Japanese character“み”(mi), which is the first syllable of Miura. It represents two tuna fishes and two Japanese white radishes and symbolizes Miura as a city of production. It was decided upon on January 20th 1956.

The Municipal flower, tree and bird of Miura City

 

 crinum

CRINUM

Crinum is a large evergreen perennial herb that grows in sandy soil. The southern area of the Miura Peninsula is believed to be the most northern point of its growth

 Japanese Black Pine

JAPANESE BLACK PINE

The Japanese Black Pine is an evergreen tree that grows throughout Miura City. The naturally growing forest of Black Pines at Wada Beach is a rare phenomenon.

Japanese Cormorant

JAPANESE CORMORANT

Every year, from the beginning of winter until spring, hundreds of Japanese Cormorants can be seen on the steep rise of the cliff face at Akabane Beach, situated at the southern façade of Jogashima Island. They have been declared a natural treasure of the Kanagawa Prefecture.

 

Miura City Declaration of Peace and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

In March 1991, the Miura City Council enacted a declaration devoted to peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. It declared that based on the Three Non-Nuclear Principles (not to produce, posses or introduce nuclear weapons) the city strives for peace.

Sister Cities

The Miura City Council has sister city relationships with Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan and internationally with Warrnambool City, Victoria, Australia. These relationships focus mainly on the mutual exchange of residents between cities.

Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
(Formalized on April 23rd 1974)

Suzaka City is located in the north-eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, bordering on the prefectural capital of Nagano, across to the Chikuma River. Suzaka City is endowed with rich natural scenery such as Minenohara Heights, and is also known as one of the leading areas in Japan for growing apples and Kyoho grapes. Its weather is characterized by a typical inland climate, which enables the arrival of each season to be felt. There is significant snowfall during winter.

Development of Relationship

The realization of a sister city relationship between Suzaka City and Miura City that would focus on the exchange of youths from coastal and mountainous areas was reached after representatives from the Miura City Conference on Youth Issues visited Suzaka City. The sister city relationship was formalized on April 23rd 1974, when the councils of both cities adopted the proposal.
Since then, youths from Miura City and Suzaka City have been visiting each other. Through activities such as mountain climbing and hiking in Suzuka, contrasted with sea bathing and fishing in Miura, the youths of both cities have had the opportunity to experience nature in both mountainous and coastal areas. The relationship has not only resulted in the deepening of friendships between cities, but also in a widening awareness of a range of sporting and cultural aspects, in addition to the sale of regional products from both cities.

Warrnambool City, Victoria, Australia
(Formalized on July 6th 1992)

Warrnambool is a beautiful city with a population of about 29,500 people and is located in the south eastern part of Australia. It is blessed with a moderate climate and plateaus with rich natural scenery. Many tourists visit the area, attracted by the Great Ocean Road which is famous for its step coastal cliffs and strangely shaped rocks that span over 300km to Melbourne. In addition, Warrnambool provides the perfect opportunity to see whales in the wild, contrasted with the vast pastoral fields that stretch throughout the surrounding district. It is a community realizing the harmonization and coexistence of humans and nature, as exemplified by Flagstaff Hill that reproduces a harbor village in olden times and Tower Hill, which is a natural park providing habitat for koalas, kangaroos, emus and various other wildlife. Thus, Warrnambool provides the perfect setting for experiencing the nature of Australia as it really is.

Development of Relationship

In 1983, a visit by the councilors of Warrnambool City to Miura City, set in motion the development of a sister city relationship. In Miura City there was a heightened willingness to engage in international exchanges, as exemplified by the establishment of the International Exchange Association. Subsequent to preparations spanning over about 10 years including mutual visits by citizen delegations, an agreement on the sister city relationship was finally reached on July 6th 1992. The relationship was designed to focus on educational exchanges of youths between cities, visits by delegations of citizens, in addition to the administrative exchanges such as the attendance of the mayors of the two cities at commemorative events. In recent years, an artistic exchange has also been established, which has resulted in the exhibition of sister city photographs in each city featuring the talents of local photographers. Sculptors living in Warrnambool City have also exhibited and presented Miura City with their works.

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