Connecting Cincinnati to the Global Community

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Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.

Local and Global - What are Sister Cities?

A program created in a post-WWII world, Sister Cities International creates partnerships between cities to foster understanding and goodwill. Beginning officially in 1956, sister cities between a U.S. city and an international city build on a rich history of global cities creating bonds. The program has led to countless educational exchanges, business partnerships and disaster relief efforts.

GIFU-CINCINNATI Sister City Committee


The city of Gifu declared itself the "Peace City" in 1988, when it celebrated the centennial of its incorporation. Gifu has worked on various projects to promote peace, praying for true permanent peace together with the people of the world.

One of these activities is the Peace Bell project. Gifu holds an event annually on July 9th to commemorate the tragedy of the war.

On the same day, we will observe a Peace Bell ceremony in Greater Cincinnati.

Please join us at the Hickory Shelter in Blue Ash Nature Park as we ring bells and pray for world peace along with the citizens of Gifu, our Sister City in Japan.

This year, we will add a special prayer for the people of Ukraine. The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine is one of Cincinnati’s Sister Cities.


Date: July 9 (Saturday), 2022

Time: 4:00 to 4:30pm

Location: Blue Ash Nature Park, Hickory Shelter, 4337 Copper Road Blue Ash OH

- Greeting/Introduction of guests

- Messages from VIPs

- Prayer for World Peace

- Ringing of Bells (Please bring a bell to ring)

- Adjournment

Children are welcome.

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 7 with number of attendees (adults & children), your name and contact information (e-mail address/phone number) to:

Gifu Sister City Committee (