Cambridge has a sister city relationship with Bihoro (Japan) and Le Quesnoy (France) - relationships aimed at promoting interaction between our cultures.
Bihoro - which means 'place of much water' - is an agricultural town of 22,000 and promotes itself as the sky sports capital of Japan.
The Akan National Park is nearby and Bihiro hosts visitors keen to hike, ski or climb mountains in the park. The shared interests of agriculture, sport and outdoor activities has helped foster the relationship formed in 1997.
The bond between our communities is celebrated by the Japanese garden next to Cambridge Library in Wilson St where a statue sits, given to Cambridge by the Bihoro Friendship Society.
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Cambridge and Le Quesnoy sealed their relationship in 2000, cementing a bond forged in the battles of World War One. Le Quesnoy was liberated by the 1st and 3rd Brigades of the New Zealand Division on November 4, 1918, with 122 New Zealanders killed in the struggle to free the town. The Armistice was signed a week later.
Scenes depicting the liberation are depicted in the stained glass windows of St Andrews Church, Victoria St, and the people of Cambridge remember their links with Le Quesnoy every ANZAC Day and during our town's annual commemoration of Armistice Day in November. A Cambridge and Le Quesnoy Friendship Association has been established to cement our ties.
Today, the historic northern French town founded in the 12th century is known for its production of fruit and dairy produce and has a population of about 5,000.