Ohara-Isumi City, Japan
Located 50 miles southeast of Tokyo, and situated on the Pacific Ocean, this 50,000-person agricultural and fishing town has been a Sister City since 1990. That tie began in 1954 when an ancient Buddhist temple bell, which found its way to Duluth after World War II, was returned to Ohara. In 1993 Ohara presented Duluth with a replica of the bell, which now resides in the Japanese Peace Bell Garden near Enger Tower. Duluth also shares an annual student exchange with Ohara.