Dublin Friendship Association
The Dublin Friendship Association was established by Dublin City Council in 2016 to oversee cultural, educational, artistic, economic and commercial exchanges with the City of Dublin’s Friendship Cities. The DFA’s Japan Committee was formed to promote exchanges with Japan, including our Friendship City of Mashiko, Japan, and to promote the Japanese community within the City of Dublin.
Dublin Friendship Association Members:
Christina Alutto, chair
Dublin City Council
Jenny Amorose, vice chair
Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dublin Arts Council
Dublin City Schools
Dublin A.M. Rotary
Dublin Friendship Association – Japan Committee
- Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, chair
- Heath Gorden, City of Dublin
- Jeremiah Gracia, City of Dublin
- Yoshihiro Hidaka, Hidaka USA
- Michael Keenan, Dublin City Council
- John Rockelman, Dublin City Schools
- Ulka Wilson, Dublin resident
- Isao Yamakawa, Dublin resident
- Keiko Yamakawa, Dublin resident
Gathering of the Dublins, August, 2017
The City of Dublin, Ohio hosted representatives from communities in Ireland, Georgia, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania—all named Dublin—to promote opportunities for future economic, cultural and educational exchanges. The Gathering included tours of Central Ohio businesses and organizations, as well as a presentation on Brexit by Vice Consul General of Ireland Ragnar Almqvist and a panel discussion among the Dublins. The Lord Mayor of Dublin’s visit culminated in the signing of a Friendship City agreement between Dublin, Ireland and Dublin, Ohio.
Dublin City Schools Student Trip to Mashiko, July, 2017
Dublin City Schools students studying Japanese had the opportunity to visit Japan with teacher David Rockelman. Among their stops was a visit to Mashiko, Dublin’s Friendship City.
Dublin Japanese Festival, March 19, 2017
The Dublin Japanese Festival featured taiko drumming, kendo, dancing, traditional Japanese music and dance performances, with Japanese games, food and karaoke. Admission was free and open to the public, with a call for donations toward a Japanese trip and scholarship funds for Dublin City Schools students studying Japanese. Over 1,000 people attended, raising $2,150 total.