About Us

Our Mission


To cultivate generous, warm individuals who have big dreams and who love their hometown.



Through our continuous planning of lifelong learning activities, international exchange, and artistic and cultural promotion, we aim to support the lives of our city residents and become a foundation that is both vital and beloved by the city’s people.



Trust and Environment

Through our efforts and activities, we create an environment of trust for our participants.

Awareness and Action

We strive to stay informed of current events both within the city and without. As we continue to grow in awareness of what is needed by our city’s residents, we take action and create opportunities to reflect their growth and changing needs.

Stability and Innovation

We welcome and often incorporate new ideas that are beneficial to our growth while also staying consistent with what we aim to achieve.


Our aim is to further promote education and culture in Tono City, and contribute to the development of a radiant and prosperous society.

Articles of incorporation


1-10 Shinmachi, Tono, Iwate Prefecture 028-0524


January 26, 1974

Board Members

Board of Directors

Term:2 Years

ChairpersonKOMUKAI Koko
Managing DirectorSATO Kouich
DirectorNITTA Mitsushi
DirectorSASAKI Hiroshi
DirectorSUGAWARA Hanko
DirectorMATSUDA Kimi
DirectorWAKAMATSU Youkou
DirectorHAGINO Akiko
DirectorEBI Toshiko


Term:2 Years

AuditorSATO Kurazo
AuditorSUZUKI Junko


Term:4 Years

CouncillorTAKAHIRO Misuzu
CouncillorKIKUCHI Mitsuyasu
CouncillorEBI Itoko
CouncillorTOYAMA Minoru
CouncillorKAWANO Yoshinobu
CouncillorNAKAHAMA Tsuyako
CouncillorTERUI Ikuo
CouncillorITO Takayuki


January 26, 1974The Tono Education and Culture Foundation was established
March 24, 1992The Tono International Exchange Association was established
February 22, 2012The Tono Education and Culture Foundation and Tono International Exchange Association were merged
July 10, 2012The merger was officially recognized by the Iwate Prefectural Education Council
October 1, 2012The merger was registered
April 1, 2013The secretarial system was strengthened and privatized
(April 1, 2013)The foundation was entrusted with lifelong learning projects by Tono City
February 4, 2014Registered as a general incorporated foundation
April 1, 2014The foundation was entrusted with art promotion projects by Tono City
April 1, 2019The foundation was entrusted with part of Tono Culture Research Center project by Tono City

About our main programs

For the foundation to achieve our goals in management ideology, etc., we engage in the following projects described below.

Education and CultureProjects such as our awards programs for city residents’ achievements, public relations for the foundation, and book sales
International ExchangeProjects such as international and understanding, support for foreign residents of the city, exchange programs for sending students from the city for study abroad, and exchanges with Tono’s sister city, etc.
Tono Culture Research CenterHolding Tono Culture Research Center Steering Committee, management of the Tono Culture Prize and Sasaki Kizen Prize, holding Tono Culture forums, Citizen’s lecture programs, etc.

Projects entrusted to the foundation by Tono City

Lifelong LearningLifelong learning lectures, child educational programs, go and shogi classes, collaborative projects with city residents, etc.
Promotion of ArtsProjects such as independent plans for inviting musical and stage arts, operating a ballet studio, operating a choir, and inviting local youth to the theater
Tono Culture DisseminationPromoting awareness for and awarding of the Tono Culture Prize and the Sasaki Kizen Prize, organization of the Tono Culture Forum, support activities for the Tono Culture Friendship Association, and other activities
Support for Tono Children’s Book Forest, Lifelong Learning Courses, etc.Reception information, promotion of lifelong learning through the use of facilities, and various other projects
Area Coordination Services for Community SchoolsCoordination related efforts between regional local schools


About Donation

The Foundation welcomes donations from corporations and individuals. Donations will be used for the Foundation’s operating expenses, voluntary project expenses, and other expenses involved in planning and operating projects that meet the needs of the public. We appreciate your donations for the promotion of education and culture.

  1. Donation Allocation
    • Admin Expenses(Operating expenses for our Foundation)
    • Voluntary Project Expenses(Educational and cultural programs, int’l exchange programs)
    • Other Expenses
  2. How to Donate
    Please contact us from the contact form.
  3. Publication of Donors’ Names
    Names of donors will be published on the Foundation’s website and in our newsletter. If you do not wish for your name to be publicized, please indicate so on the Donation Application Form.