Fukuoka, Japan 2016年6月24日
If you came to this page from a badge swapped at the 99th Lions Clubs International Convention in Fukuoka, welcome!
Shizunai Lions Club is based in Shinhidaka in Hokkaidō, Japan’s northernmost island. Founded in 1961, this year we celebrated our 55th anniversary, with a current membership of 66 lions ranging in age from 31 to 92. Each year our members organize or support around 20 local activities, including junior soccer and basketball tournaments, tree-planting initiatives, road safety campaigns, and blood drives.
Our web page is almost entirely in Japanese, but please enjoy the photographs, which cover all our activities and meetings going back 6 years.
Shinhidaka is a rural coastal town with a population of around 24,000 people. It is the center of the racehorse breeding industry in Japan. The town and the surrounding Hidaka region of Hokkaidō are also famous for producing kombu kelp, an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
Our exchange badge shows the Nijukkendōro “20 fathom road”. Planted in 1916, at over 7 km (4⅓ miles) long and 20 fathoms (120 feet, 36 m) wide it is the longest avenue of cherry blossoms in the world. For 2 weeks every year in May, the town is packed with tourists who come from all over Japan and abroad to marvel at the sight of 3,000 blossoming cherry trees stretching as far as the eye can see.
The Chinese characters on the badge say our club name “Shizunai”, the name of one of two towns that merged 10 years ago to form Shinhidaka.