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@What is Romainmotier-Envy like?
Romainmotier-Envy is a small village located in the French speaking district of the Swiss Confederation. The village is well-known for the Romainmotier Abbey-Church, the oldest church in Switzerland. The community is also famous for being a home of many eminent artists such as Pierre Aubert.

The Romanesque style architecture of the Romainmotier Abbey-Church creates a tranquil atmosphere which provides visitors with healing moments. Annual concerts are held in the church between March and November. It is also a place for local residents to visit and enjoy music.

Romainmotier-Envy, with stone pavements and old style houses, is a quiet village where visitors can feel as if time has stopped there since the medieval era.
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Details about Romainmotier-Envy

Population: Approximately 460
Industries: Dairy Farming, Agriculture, and Forestry
Transportation: An approximately 1 hour and 20 minute-ride from Geneva
The well-known Romainmotier Abbey-Church, the oldest church in Switzerland, was built in the 5th century.
The time difference between Romainmotier-Envy and Japan is 7 hours (daylight saving time).

>>Please refer to the website of Romainmotier-Envy (French).


How did the sister city partnership with Romainmotier-Envy get started?
The sister city partnership between Romainmotier-Envy and the former Oguni Town was signed on June 4, 1986.

Brief History:
An idea of establishing a sister city partnership was brought up when Mr. Tokichi Takada, a music promoter of the Oguni Artist Village (the name of an artist group) visited Oguni Town with Ms. Jane Mengedot, a soprano singer, in 1985. @@Romainmotier-Envy was recommended as a sister city by some members of the Oguni Artist Village. The official signing of the establishment of the sister city partnership was held in 1986, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Oguni Township.

Through the municipal merger conducted on April 1, 2005, Romainmotier-Envy became one of Nagaokafs sister cities

On April 1, 2006, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Nagaokafs modern municipality, the sister city partnership was signed again to confirm the continuation of the partnership.
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Exchange Programs with Romainmotier-Envy
Major programs with Romainmotier-Envy include art exchanges of Japanese washi paper, woodblock prints, and childrenfs works of art. Some artists who often visit Romainmotier-Envy also stayed in the former Oguni Town for two months and made a study of Ogunifs traditional washi paper. An exhibit of woodblock prints created by Artist Pierre Aubert, a world-renowned woodblock print maker, was held at the Oguni Artist Village Hall.
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