Worldly Relations: From Ireland to Japan
Travel with us to two more of Phoenix’s sister cities on opposite ends of the world.
By Madeline Johnson and Rachel Kupfer
In 1972, Phoenix joined the national Sister City movement in an effort to connect culturally and diplomatically with other municipalities around the world. Continue with us on a journey outside our own city limits, as we explore these far-flung locales two at a time in search of home design with global flair.
Sister City since 1988
Hundreds of years ago, Ennis, Ireland, was a thriving medieval market town on the west side of the country where Irish and European cultures fused together into one. Today, the area stays true to its roots with a rich showing of traditional music and customs.
Sister City since 1976
At the heart of this ancient Japanese city is Himeji Castle, a proud centerpiece that has withstood centuries of wear, weather and war. Nicknamed the “White Heron,” it reflects the large bird’s symbolic representation of determination while remaining majestic and strong.