On July 9-10, 2010, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos and his wife, Susan Roos, paid a visit to the 30,000 plus citizens of Obama City in Fukui Prefecture in central Japan. Upon arrival at the Town Hall, Ambassador Roos was greeted by hundreds of locals cheering and waving American and Japanese flags, while chanting "O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma." Two high school students who recently visited the White House presented him with flowers. After meeting with Mayor Koji Matsuzaki and Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa, Ambassador Roos asked to pull over so he could greet the hundreds of flag-waving citizens lining the road back to his hotel. He walked the entire route, greeting shopkeepers, women dressed in kimonos holding babies, junior high school students, a 97-year-old barber, and a karaoke parlor owner, among others. Ambassador Roos thanked them for their hospitality, shaking hands, and posing for photos beneath "I Love Obama" banners and American flags.
That evening, Mayor Matsuzaki hosted a dinner overlooking Obama Bay featuring the seafood that Obama City is known for, in addition to a special performance by the "Obama Girls" hula troupe. At dinner, the “Obama for Obama” organization presented a slide show on how they developed, and reiterated their hope of one day hosting President Obama. The next morning, Mayor Matsuzaki and his wife led Ambassador and Mrs. Roos on a boat tour of the Sotomo Coastline, a special visit to Miyotsuji Temple, and a shopping stop for Obama City's famous lacquer chopsticks. At lunch, Ambassador Roos was presented with a genuine, hand-made Noh theatre mask of President Obama.
At every stop, Ambassador Roos was greeted by more local citizens welcoming him to town. In addressing local officials and press, Ambassador Roos told them that the enthusiasm of their citizens for the United States was evidence of the strength of the relationship between our two nations and said he would report back to the President about his visit.