The mission of the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association is to strengthen the climate of friendship between the cities of Misawa, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee by promoting cultural exchange. The Association is dedicated to furthering the historical significance of the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon in October 1931.

Misawa 2016 Delegation
Wenatchee Valley 2016 Delegation in Misawa, Japan

What does the Sister City Association do?

  • Foster friendship and goodwill between the Sister Cities of Misawa, Japan, Wenatchee, Washington, and East Wenatchee, Washington
  • Organize the August Misawa delegation
  • Act as official hosting group for annual Misawa City delegations
  • Find homestay families for Apple Blossom Japanese Delegation
  • Introduce Japanese delegates to local businesses through tours and product samples
  • Educate the public on the historical significance of the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight
  • Promote educational and cultural activities on the historic flight and our Japanese relationship
  • Maintain regular communications between Misawa and the Wenatchee Valley
  • Organize and schedule cultural and educational activities
  • Inform the community of our activities and goals through regular newsletters

2024 commemorates the 93rd anniversary of the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight. As part of the celebrations, the Wenatchee Valley will send a delegation to Misawa, Japan in August 2024. The delegation is comprised of local dignitaries, Apple Blossom Festival Royalty, local business leaders, teachers, and student ambassadors. The delegation has traditionally spent 1-2 days touring Tokyo, 5-6 days staying in Misawa with a family, attending a Misawa festival, and participating in numerous Misawa City functions.

Please see the Application Page for more information on traveling to Misawa as a delegate. Applications will be open October 1st. To support the Association as an individual, family, or business member, visit the Membership Page.