twinning relationship between Toyota City, Japan and Derbyshire, a partnership that dates back to 1998.
Toyota City is famous as an 'automobile city' and in 1989, Toyota opened a plant over here in this county, at Burnaston in Derby.
As part of tonight's event, I'll be reading a poem that's very local to this part of the world, Litton Mill. The piece is going to be translated into Japanese. I've no experience of translating other people's work or of having my own translated into other languages so the event will be particularly exciting, especially because Japanese is sometimes read from right to left instead of left to right....
Watch this space!