The City of Hakusan is located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
Hakusan was established due to the merging of the city of Mattō, and the towns of Mikawa and Tsurugi, and the villages Kawachi, Oguchi, Shiramine, Torigoe and Yoshinodani.
Shiramine is a small mountain village with about 1,250 inhabitants, surrounded by abundant preserved alpine countryside at the foot of Hakusan National Park.
It is believed that Shiramine originated approximately in the 13th century. Earlier livelihood was particularly challenged by agriculture and forestry on the basis of the income from the forest, but today is taking advantage of a rich nature, hot springs and other resources, a new community in the making.

The weather is rainy, the summers are hot and the cold winter bring typical of the Japanese west coast heavy snowfall with it. It may happen that this snow up to four meters is high, which brings many difficulties for the life between December and March. But when the flowers come in one fell swoop in the spring to the fore, the municipality Shiramine in many plants, fruits and vegetables the blessing of the mountains is given, they also of the hot summer sun, the red and yellow colors of autumnal mountain forests and get mushrooms and fruit.

Important dates and facts:
Signing of the declaration of friendship between the municipality of Shiramine and the city of Raunheim in Raunheim.
Planting a Japanese ornamental cherry in the Paul Avon Anlage
First connection to Raunheims Shiramine:

Dr. Johannes Justus Rein, born on 27/01/1835 in Raunheim.
In 1873 he was sent by the Prussian government to explore the development of state of Japan for two years. He created, without knowing it, the current connection between Raunheim and Shiramine. He made a important discovery in Shiramine, which allowed important conclusions about the age of the Japanese island – famous and thus Shiramine among researchers throughout the world.