Christchurch and Kurashiki became Sister Cities in 1973.
Founded on 1 April 1928, the modern city of Kurashiki is on the eastern side of Honshu, the largest of the four main islands of Japan. The city is 650 kilometres south-west of Tokyo and is part of the Okayama prefecture. Kurashiki is home to Ohara Museum of Art – Japan's first museum for Western art.
Kurashiki has one public university, Kurashiki City College, and seven private universities:
More information about the relationship is available on the Kurashiki City Hall (external link) website.
Canterbury Japan Day (external link) is held in Christchurch each year.