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 Anchorage welcomes delegation from Chitose, Japan 

  

7/24/2009
Mayor's Office

Official visitors will explore the city, share cultural information and discuss potential solutions to current events

7/24/2009  |   Contacts:          Sarah Erkmann, (907) 343-7103 

The city of Anchorage will welcome a delegation from its long-time sister city of Chitose, Japan, beginning Sun., July 26 with events scheduled through Wed., July 29. This year’s celebration is the affiliation’s 40-year anniversary, which is Anchorage’s longest such agreement.

A Japanese delegation of 36 people, including officials, citizens, and youth will spend the week exploring Anchorage, meeting with officials and sharing ideas about how to improve city government. In addition, Mr. Manabe, 93, who is the only surviving member of the Chitose delegation which entered into the original agreement with Anchorage 40 years ago, will attend this year’s event. Mr. Manabe is an honorary member of Anchorage.

Events scheduled for the week include:

Sun., July 26,  9:15 A.M.: Arrival and Welcome Ceremony, Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport North (International) Terminal.

Mon., July 27, 10:30 A.M.: Signing of the Sister Cities Reaffirmation, to include speeches, a gift exchange and official meet-and-greet. Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, 8th floor.

Tues., July 28, 9:15 A.M.- 5 P.M.: Youth Summit. Assembly Conference Room, City Hall, 1st floor.

Tues., July 28 11 A.M.: Flag raising ceremony, Sister Cities Plaza, 6th and H Street.

Wed., July 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Tour to Elmendorf Air Force Base/Emperor Hirohito memorials, Ft. Richardson and Japanese Soldiers Memorial, Mears Middle School and Sand Lake Elementary. (Both schools participate in the Anchorage School District’s Japanese Immersion program.)

The connection between Anchorage and Chitose is long and involved. Exchanges have developed between an elementary school in Chitose and Sand Lake Elementary School, including little league baseball; in fact, a group from Sand Lake traveled to Chitose earlier this summer.  Sand Lake students learn Taiko drumming, and a group currently is on tour in Japan. In addition, Miss Anchorage attends a yearly festival in Chitose.