OSCA Attends Meeting With Japanese Delegation to Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 14, 2016

OSCA representatives attended a lunchtime meeting yesterday to discuss how Nebraska’s cattle farmers could benefit immensely from the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Ken Shimanouchi, a former ambassador who now works as an adviser to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.  The meeting was held at  the Thompson Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  In…  Read more »

Omaha – Naas Delegation Carry UNO Flag

April 2, 2016

The OSCA delegation to Naas and the 100th Anniversary of The Easter Rising Ireland Tour in Ireland are having a good time.  During the trip they have carried with them the UNO flag and have displayed it loyally in front of the Hotel Lawlors in Naas. The 13 day tour March 24 – April 6, 2016…  Read more »

Saulės Takas or “Path of the Sun” Undertaken at Lauritzen Gardens

February 24, 2016

In celebration of Omaha’s Sister City of Šiauliai, Lithuania, Lauritzen Gardens hosted a live demonstration of Lithuanian wood sculpture carving in August of 2015. Gifted and acclaimed folk artist and wood carver Aurimus Šimkus of Kurtuvėnai, Lithuania (located just outside of Omaha’s sister city – Šiauliai) carved a traditional totem – a depiction of Eglė…  Read more »

Marian High Grad Addie Curley Hired by Sister Cities International

January 29, 2016

  Congratulations to Addie Curley who has accepted a job at Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.  !!    Addie is a graduate of Marian High School in Omaha.From Addie: “This summer I will be a Youth Programs Intern in Sister Cities International’s Washington, DC office, under the guidance of the Membership Manager, Ted Carroll. The other Youth Intern and I…  Read more »

New Video about Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary and Sunpu Chaya

January 16, 2016

The Omaha Shizuoka International Exchange Organization recently created a video about the Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary featuring footage of delegation visits to Omaha and Shizuoka.   The video also shows details about the Sunpu Chaya wooden building which will be constructed by craftsmen from Shizuoka in Omaha in April at Lauritzen Gardens. The see the video, go…  Read more »

Summary of Shizuoka Anniversary by Mary D. Kane, CEO, Sister Cities International

December 31, 2015

This November I was extremely privileged to travel to Shizuoka, Japan along with an official delegation from their sister city Omaha, Nebraska. This partnership has a long, complicated, and exciting history, like many sister city partnerships. Fumiko and Masahiro Sone. A retired TV executive, Masahiro Sone was a child when Shizuoka was bombed by the…  Read more »

Omaha Commercial Service Representative Visits Braunschweig

December 22, 2015

Meredith Bond, US Commercial Service Representative in Omaha traveled to Germany in November to attend Agritechnica 2015, the world’s largest agricultural equipment trade show.  The U.S. Commercial Service sponsored the USA Pavilion where we had 4 Nebraska exhibitors:  Thurston BluJet, KZ Valve, Orthman and RAAFT.  More Nebraska exhibitors could be found in other halls including Lindsay,…  Read more »

Omaha Presents Shizuoka Zoo With Tanuki Gift for 50th Anniversary

December 10, 2015

A delegation of OSCA members, citizen-diplomats and city officials visited Shizuoka this Fall to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the relationship between Omaha and Shizuoka.  As the anniversary gift from Omaha to Shizuoka, Omaha shipped a ceramic “Tanuki” sculpture crafted by famous artist Jun Kaneko of Jun Kaneko Studio in Omaha. An official gifting ceremony was…  Read more »

Friends From Shizuoka Zoo and Shizuoka University Visit Omaha Zoo & UNO

December 9, 2015

Ayumi Nakamura of Shizuoka Nihondaira Zoo and Yakari Tamiya of Shizuoka University visited Omaha all the way from Shizuoka, Japan, Omaha’s sister city, to learn about our zoo-keeping procedures and education programs. We were excited to be hosting them for a few days! On Monday December 7th they went on a tour of the Lied Jungle and…  Read more »

High School Exchange Students Return To Omaha To Attend UNO

November 16, 2015

Over the years we have had exchanges of many groups including high school students.  During the past 7 years we have coordinated long term exchanges with students from Tokoha High School in Shizuoka.  Tokoha is a girls high school. They have sent from 2 to 6 students each year.  We are currently hosting  6 students…  Read more »