The City of Superior, Wisconsin began exploring a Sister City relationship with Japan in 1995.  In the spring and summer of 1996, two cities were reviewed and Ami-machi was chosen as a prospective Sister City.  A statement of interest was sent by former Mayor Margaret Ciccone to Ami-machi.  Ami was chosen due to its similar population size and location near a large freshwater lake.  Ami-machi is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 38 miles northeast of Tokyo.  It is located on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan.  Ami Mayor Koji Kawata and Superior Mayor Margaret Ciccone signed the first protocol agreement between the two cities in 1997.  As part of that agreement, Student and Adult delegations are exchanged on a biennial basis with Ami sending delegations in odd years and Superior sending delegations in even years.

     The most recent exchanges took place in 2015 and 2016.

     In August of 2012, a Student and Adult Delegation from Superior visited Ami-machi.  During that visit, Mayor Amada of Ami-machi presented the Delegation leader, then Superior City Council President Mike Herrick, with a  donation of $3280 for flood relief in Superior, raised among the people of Ami-machi.  The Delegation and the Sister City Commission were surprised, humbled, and extremely grateful for such a generous and heartfelt gift.  

     In August of 2013, Superior had the pleasure of hosting a Delegation of 12 students and 7 adults from Ami-machi. The Adult Delegation was led by Mayor Amada, on his first visit to Superior.  The Adult Delegation was welcomed by the Rotary Club and Mayor and Mrs. Hagen to view the completed Phase II of the Friendship Garden, and also visited a number of businesses in Superior. Meanwhile, the Student Delegation enjoyed day trips and free time seeing area highlights with their host families. The Sister City Commission thanks the host families, businesses, and volunteers who made the stays of both Delegations memorable.

Experiencing Japanese tradition in Ami-machi.

 A traditional trawling vessel on Lake Kasumigaura.

Dancing the Bon-Odori at the My Ami Festival.