Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Tondabayashi, Japan, have enjoyed an international friendship for many years. In 1959, ministers from Bethlehem and Tondabayashi (which is 18 miles southeast of Osaka) first discussed a partnership between the two cities. The following year, an exchange of gifts began, with Bethlehem sending objects representing its history, industries, and government, and Tondabayashi giving 40 pictures painted by elementary school children. Personal visits followed and, on April 10, 1964, the formal relationship was established.
The garden is located near Bethlehem's library.
The fishing grounds at Kehi
must be yielding their riches today;
scattering about on the waves,
like freshly cut reeds, I can see
the boats of fisherman.
kehi no umi no
niwa yoku arashi
ama no tsuribune