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1964
To commemmorate the historical fact that in 1643 the Dutch ship the Breskens arrived in Yamada bay, Mr. Miura Torazou asked the then mayor of Yamada, Mr Satou Zenichi to rename Ooshima-island as Oranda-jima (Holland-Island). His proposal was approved by the Diet and Ooshima became Orandajima. This lead to the idea to establish a sistertown relation with the Breskens' homeport (Oostbrugge).

1974
In September the diary kept by Cornelisz Schaep, the Dutch captain of the Breskens about his experiences in Yamada and Japan was translated to Japanese by Nagazumi Yooko and published by the Christian culture research society.

1975
At the time of mayor Kondoo Daisuke, Ambassador to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Mr. Hirunaga Keitaroo, Mr. Matsumoto Takashi working as a cousilor for the ministry of foreign affairs, the head of the Japan branch of the Dutch national tourism association, Mr. Numazaki Toshiaki working for the prefectul police and his friend, the then vice-chairman of the United States Judo Federation who originally came from the Netherlands and many other people communicated their idea to form a sister township between Oostbrugge and Yamada to the then mayor of Oostbrugge, mr. Schipper.

1976
In May we received the following reply from the mayor of Oostbrugge: " In principal I accept your proposal to form a sistertownship with Yamada." But because of certain financial aspects and the retirement of Mayor Schipper our proposal was put on the backburner.

1992
On January 28 Reinier H. Hesselink, special researcher for the association to promote Japanse studies at the University of Hawaii, visited Yamada to do research on the arrival of the Breskens in Yamada bay. The next day he visited Orandajima, Orikasa Hosoura (the place where ten crewmembers of the Breskens were arrested) and from there he went to Masashino road (part of the way the arrested crewmembers had to travel).

1993
On July 28 a commemmorative landmark was set up near a mountain stream in Oora that said [This is where the Breskens arrived in Yamada] to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Breskens, on the 29th a anniversary celebration was held. Some of the special invitees were the Dutch ambassador of the Japanese Embassey in the Hague Mr. Roland van den Berg and his wife, private counsilor of the Dutch Royal Family Mr. Erik Hazelhoff and his wife, Reinier Hesselink, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo Mr. Katoo Eiichi, lecturer at Chuo University Mr. Yukutake Kazuhiro, and Mr. Matsui Yooko assisting the historiography department at the University of Tokyo. A commemorative tree, which was send to Yamada by the Japanese Ambassey in the Netherlands, was planted on the square in front of the whale and sea research center. And a commemorative sign was set up on Orandajima.
In October with the aid of Mr Hazelhoff and Ms. Conny Jongbloed we came in contact with the Royal Hague Football Club from The Hague.

1994
In March we were able to set up an exchange with Christelijk College Zeist (a Christian College in the Netherlands) thanks to Mr. Erik Hazelhoff.

1995
In August we invited the Dutch Royal Hague Football club to come to Yamada and a friendly football match was held Japan VS the Netherlands.
In October to encourage the exchange between Yamada and the Netherlands, Mayor Kurosawa Takashi, Chairman of the Diet Mr. Sasaki Kazuo and Kimura Teiro, the chief education officer made a visit to the Netherlands. They paid a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall and the Christelijk College and asked the College if it was okay if some junior Highschool students from Yamada came to visit the College.

1996
In February the first junior overseas delegation consisting of 8 Junior Highschool students and groupleader Nishidate Isao (Chairman of the Board of Education in Yamada) was send to the Netherlands. Their goal was to deepen mutual understanding and the exchange by attending the Japan Week that took place at the Christelijk College in Zeist.
In March the first Adult overseas delegation consisting of 11 members and groupleader Miya Shozaburo was send to the Netherlands.
In April the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Ton Koopman, held a performance in Yamada.

1997
In January the second junior overseas delegation consisting of 8 Junior Highschool students, groupleader Matsuo Mitsunobu (Prinicial of Yamada Junior Highschool) and two teachers was send to the Netherlands.
In February Mr. Fred Steensma (principal Christlijk College Zeist) and Mr. Reinier Geers (the teacher in charge of the school curriculum) visit Yamada to promote the exchange between Yamada and Zeist, they pay a courtesy visit to the Mayor and also visit Yamada Junior Highschool and Toyomane Junior Highschool to interact with the students.
In March the second adult overseas delegation consisting of 9 participants and groupleader (treasurer) Mr. Kidowaki Eiichi is send to the Netherlands.
In October all the members of the Assembly of Yamada hold a conference and the proposal to form a bond of friendship with the city of Zeist is accepted.
In November the third adult overseas delegation consisting of 11 participants and a group consisting of members of the association of commerce in Yamada pay a courtesy visit to the mayor of Zeist. Deputy mayor and group leader Sasaki Susumu receives a personal message from the Mayor adressed to the Mayor of Yamada containing a formal request for bond of friendship between Zeist and Yamada.

1998
In January the third Junior overseas delegation consisting of 8 junior highschool students, group leader Satou Hiroshi (head of the board of education) and two teachers is send to the Netherlands.
In June the Mayor from Zeist and his wife are invited to the '98 International Exchange Festival. During their stay they deepen mutual understanding by talking to people concerned with the exchange in Yamada and the mayor from Zeist had a conference with the mayor of Yamada during which they discussed the development of the bond of friendship and agreed that they want do their best to conclude this bond of friendship the year of the 400th anniversary of the exchange between the Netherlands and Japan in 2000.
'Orandajin hobaku kara saguru kinseishi' or 'A history of early modern Japan: An analysis of the Arrest of Ten Dutchmen' written by Reinier H. Hesselink Phd (instructional faculty, history department, University of Northern Iowa) is published by the Yamada Board of Education.
In November the fourth Adult overseas delegation consisting of 9 participants and group leader Kimura Teiro (chief education officer) pay a courtesy visit to the Mayor of Zeist and discuss the bond of friendship
In May 'Yamada machi nichiran kouryuu tomo no kai' or 'Organisation of friends of the Japan-Netherlands Exchange in Yamada' (Chairman Itou Satoshi) is established.

1999
In January the fourth junior overseas delegation consisting of 8 junior highschool students, group leader Yamazaki Kiroku (principal of Yamada junior highschool) and two teachers is send to the Netherlands.
In October a friendship delegation from Christelijk College Zeist consisting of 8 students, 3 teachers and principal Fred Steensma arrives in Yamada. They visit Yamada en Toyomane Junior Highschool to deepen their friendship.
In November a group made up by two staff members, the chief education officer Mr. Kimura Teiro, the vice chairman of the board Mr. Kon Tereo and the chairman Mr. Sasaki Ryouichi lead by the mayor Mr. Kurosawa Takashi visit Zeist to conclude the bond of friendship between Yamada and Zeist.
The mayor of Yamada and the mayor of Zeist exchange signed declarations of friendship. We request that a group of representatives orf Zeist visit Yamada in May 2000 to join us for a bond of friendship signing ceremony.
The 5th Adult overseas delegation consisting of 9 participants and group leader Kimura Teiro (chief education officer) visits the Netherlands.

2000
In January the 5th junior overseas delegation consisting of 8 junior highschool students, group leader Sato Yukio (chairperson of the Board of Education) and two staff members visits the Netherlands. They have an exchange with the students of Christelijk College Zeist. And they pay a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall.
On May 13 we commemmorate the 400th anniversary of the Japan-Netherlands exchange and the signing ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the bond of friendship takes place in Yamada.
Mayor Kurosawa Takashi and Mayor Rudolph G Boekhoven sign the friendship treaty witnessed by minister Robert Milders (residing in Japan). After the signing Ceremony a reception takes place. The next day the group of representatives from Zeist and the people concerned with the exchange go to Orandajima and set up the sign that indicates the direction and distance to Zeist, which was given to the town of Yamada as a present. On the 15th the group or representatives paid a courtesy visit to governor Masuda Hiroya at the Iwate prefectural office.
On November 3rd an exhibition of children's and students' paintings and drawings (the theme was Netherlands-Japan) was opened as part of the townspeople's art festival. 26 painting from the students of Christelijk College Zeist and 43 paintings by the children of Yamada (the same paintings that entered the 2000 children's and students' art councourse earlier that year) were put on display. After the exhibition the paintings were send to Zeist to be put on display as an art exchange.
In November the sixth adult overseas delegation consisting of 11 participants and group leader Toyomane Shouichi (deputy mayor) visits the Netherlands. During their stay in Zeist they try to strenghten the bond between Zeist and Yamada.
On December 3rd the Yamada junior high brass-band club visits Zeist and has several performences. On the 5th they play at concert hall in Amsterdam (het concert gebouw) as a part of Japan Night.

2002
From May 11th until the 13th there was an exhibition displaying pictures and souverniers etc. from the Netherlands to celebrate the second anniversary of the friendship bond between Zeist and Yamada and to further deepen understanding and interest in the Netherlands. Some 180 people visited the temporary exhibition.

2003
From January 6 until 16 the 8th junior overseas delegation visited the Netherlands. 8 Junior highschool students, 2 Yamada highschool students and 3 group leaders visit the Netherlands to participate in a cultural exchange with the students of Christelijk College Zeist. The students enjoy a 6-day homestay during which they go to school and follow classes for three days. They also pay a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall and meet with the Mayor.
From October 5th until the 11th we organise a Holland-week. Dutch goods are sold and the Netherlands is introduced using pictures and posters and such. More than 320 people visit this event. On the 5th we have a welcome ceremony for Mrs Conny Jongbloed and her husband who came to Yamada last week and on the 6th from 7 o' clock in the evening Mrs. Jongbloed, with the help of others, organised a dutch cooking course at the communication center. 30 people signed up for this event.

2004
From January 5th until 16th the 9th junior overseas delegation visits the Netherlands. 8 junior highschool students, 2 highschool students and 3 supervisors visit the Netherlands to participate in a cultural exchange with the students of Christelijk College Zeist. The students enjoy a 6-day homestay during which they go to school and follow classes for three days. They also pay a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall, meet with the Mayor, pay a visit to the Japanese school in Rotterdam and the Japanese Embassy in The Hague.
In February the 8th adult overseas delegation visits the Netherlands. This time the group consists of 7 townspeople, 1 person working for the secretariat and 1 interpreter trainee. During their stay they visit foundation De Hofreis to deepen mutual understanding, do some sightseeing and pay a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall.
In July Ingeborg Hartjens, one of the members of the board of foundation de Hofreis, visits Japan. A welcome ceremony is held. Ingeborg stays in Japan for about a month, she spends two weeks enjoying a homestay in Yamada. She stays with a former member of the adult overseas delegation who had a homestay at her parents' house while they visited the Netherlands.
From October 4th until the 10th Holland-week takes place. Several things are put on display such as pictures related to Zeist and wooden toys from the ADO (an organisation that provides work for the handicapped situated in Zeist) that we were given by our sistercity Zeist. Over 400 people visit this temporary exhibition.
On the fourth we held a welcome ceremony for the representatives from De Hofreis; Fred Steensma (chairman of the foundation) and Conny Jongbloed who came to Yamada especially for Holland-week.
On the 6th Mr. Steensma held a lecture on Dutch food at the public hall and on the 7th Mrs. Conny Jongbloed held a cooking course. One of the things she taught us was how to make real Dutch pancakes.

2005
From January 1st until the 17th the 10th junior overseas delegation visits the Netherlands.
. 8 junior highschool students, 2 highschool students and 3 supervisors visit the Netherlands to participate in a cultural exchange with the students of Christelijk College Zeist. The students enjoy a 5-day homestay during which they go to school and follow classes for three days. They also pay a courtesy visit to Zeist city hall and enjoy dinner together with the Mayor at a pancake-restaurant. They also pay a visit to the Japanese school in Rotterdam and the Japanese Embassy in The Hague.