A delegation of 50 Hamiltonians were invited and warmly welcomed by the City of Shawinigan to celebrate its 100th Anniversary as a City. Highlights of the visit included a tree planting ceremony, a welcome picnic, official reception, tours of the city, and gift exchange. The delegates were billeted in homes, and many friendships were formed and continue to this day.
To mark the friendship between Japan and Canada, the City of Hamilton was gifted with sakura (Japanese cherry trees ) which were planted at Bay Front and McQueston Parks. The early blossoming sakura are symbols of peace and friendship.
Hamilton has been twinned with Fukuyama since 1975, and with amalgamation has gained a second Japanese twin city, Kaga, which is the twin of Dundas.