Important: Host families needed

January 27, 2018

We currently have two host family opportunities for students coming to Omaha from Shizuoka, Japan: 1)  Home Stay Search for 2018/2018 school year WHEN: The first week of August, 2018 until a week after school year ends in May, 2019. WHERE: A host family in the Millard South District. WHO: One female Shizuoka, Japan Tokoha…  Read more »

Olmec Head Gift from Xalapa Arrives Safely in Omaha

January 9, 2018

Thank you, Xalapa, Mexico!  “The King” Olmec Head replica, a gift from the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa to Omaha, has safely arrived in Omaha. The Museo de Antropología de Xalapa is an anthropological museum in the city of Xalapa, in the state of Veracruz, in eastern Mexico. One of Omaha’s six sister cities.  Opened…  Read more »

OSCA co-founder “Mrs. T” Kimi Takechi turns 100

November 4, 2017

In the 1960s, Kimi and and her husband Kazuo Takechi met with a representatives from Shizuoka, Japan at the old Fontenelle Hotel to talk about a civic alliance between Omaha and Shizuoka.  In 1965 the alliance was formalized, leading to many cultural and educational exchanges between Omaha and Shizuoka and the formation of OSCA. Michael Kelly,…  Read more »

George Behringer and OSCA commended by Japan

October 14, 2017

OSCA and George Behringer, Honorary Consul-General of Japan in Omaha, recently received formal commendations from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.  The commendations were presented at a reception at Lauritzen Gardens, attended by more than 100 people, including Japan’s consul-general in Chicago,…  Read more »

Xalapa Folklore Dance Group Visits Omaha Aug 15th – 22nd

August 9, 2017

Compania de danza de la Universidad Euro Hispanoamericana, a folklore dance group from Xalapa, Mexico will visit Omaha August 15th – 22nd.  The group of 12 dancers are college students, coming to participate in a series cultural exchange educational programs hosted by OSCA. They will stay at Metro Community College North Campus. Daily from 9am to 11:30am they…  Read more »

OSCA and George Behringer Receive Prestigious Commendation from Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

July 8, 2017

We are proud to let you know that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan has just announced that the Omaha Sister Cities Association will receive a prestigious commendation based on the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. Omaha has an extremely strong relationship with Shizuoka that is 53 years old,…  Read more »

Omaha teachers visit Shizuoka

June 24, 2017

Three Omaha teachers recently visited Shizuoka as part of the OSCA Teacher Exchange program.  Kathy Wischow (Millard), Susan De Roy (Millard), Diane Cox (OPS) departed Omaha on June 8 and stayed in Shizuoka until June 14 where they visited Shizuoka schools and met with teachers and students.  They also visited local sites of interest and…  Read more »


June 18, 2017

A recent concert held in Braunschweig, entitled “New World”, was conducted by Maestro Thomas Wilkins, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of a strong friendship between Omaha and Braunschweig beginning in 1992. The event also included signing of the historic guest book with Lord Mayor Ulrich Markurth. Concert pieces included: Charles Ives – The Unanswered Question…  Read more »

2017 Gala Huge Success!

May 7, 2017

The 2017 OSCA gala held at UNO Scott Conference Center on April 20th went off without any hitches and was very well attended. VIP’s in attendance included Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Japanese Consul-General from Chicago and Omaha Mayor and OSCA Honorary Chairman Jean Stothert.  Entertainment included a traditional Japanese tea ceremony from Shizuoka, Mexican dancing…  Read more »

OSCA Receives Cultural Arts Award from DOWNTOWN OMAHA INC

January 5, 2017

OSCA was honored to receive the prestigious Cultural Arts Award from Downtown Omaha Inc, Saturday, January 28th at the Downtown Omaha Inc. 20th Annual Gala at the CenturyLink Center.  Also honored with the Pioneer Award was long-time OSCA friend,  Marc Kraft. Other award recipients included; Downtown Residence Inn, Lund Ross Construction and Restoration Exchange Omaha…  Read more »