Gilroy Sister Cities Association
 Takko-Machi is located on the southern tip of Aomori Prefecture at the northern end of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Takko town covers an area of 242 square kilometres, making it the eighth largest town in the prefecture. However, the central section of Takko-Machi itself is very small and has a population of approximately 6,000 people. The majority of the land in Takko is therefore comprised of forests and farm land. Due to common agricultural interests, Takko was established as a Sister City with Gilroy in 1988. In keeping with a local industry of garlic growing, Takko claims the title Garlic Capital of Japan. In 1993 the city built their Garlic Center, which is the headquarters of the Takko Garlic International Friendship Association, T.G.I.F.A. In the Garlic Center they combine a busy restaurant with a gift shop. There they showcase many garlic related menus and gift items from all over the world, including many of local products produced by T.G.I.F.A. Takko-Machi and Gilroy have enjoyed an ongoing and increasingly successful Sister City relationship over the years, and in 2018 we will celebrate our 30th anniversary.
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Gilroy Sister Cities Association
 Takko-Machi is located on the southern tip of Aomori Prefecture at the northern end of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Takko town covers an area of 242 square kilometres, making it the eighth largest town in the prefecture. However, the central section of Takko-Machi itself is very small and has a population of approximately 6,000 people. The majority of the land in Takko is therefore comprised of forests and farm land. Due to common agricultural interests, Takko was established as a Sister City with Gilroy in 1988. In keeping with a local industry of garlic growing, Takko claims the title Garlic Capital of Japan. In 1993 the city built their Garlic Center, which is the headquarters of the Takko Garlic International Friendship Association, T.G.I.F.A. In the Garlic Center they combine a busy restaurant with a gift shop. There they showcase many garlic related menus and gift items from all over the world, including many of local products produced by T.G.I.F.A. Takko-Machi and Gilroy have enjoyed an ongoing and increasingly successful Sister City relationship over the years, and in 2018 we will celebrate our 30th anniversary.