Portsmouth – Maizuru
In 1993, Maizuru opened a brick museum and Portsmouth donated an 18th century brick for them to display. This saw the beginning of informal exchange between the two cities. In 1997 it was formally suggested that the two cities consider twinning. In July of that year a delegation from Maizuru went to Portsmouth to officially discuss the exchange and a return visit was made in October. Finally, the year after, an agreement was finally reached. Each year 20 students from each city have the opportunity to spend some time in the twinned city to learn something about the culture and everyday activities of their counterparts.