Welcome to Edmonds: Japan’s Sister City Delegation arrives

Mayor Dave Earling greets Hekinan City Council president Yukio Isogai.

The Sister City delegation from Hekinan, Japan touched down at SeaTac on Tuesday morning after 16 time zones and more than 10 hours in the air. They were met at the airport and whisked up to the Edmonds Harbor Inn, where Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and other city officials greeted them with a short ceremony, and lots of smiles and handshakes.

Former Edmonds mayor Barb Fahey fopnd many old friends amongst the Hekinan delegation. Here she shares a joke with delegates Saeko Itakur and Emiko Takahashi.
Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan greets delegate Shigeko Ogasawara.

The delegation will spend the rest of the afternoon settling in. Some will stay at the Harbor Inn, but many are staying in private homes with host families. They will be formally greeted Tuesday night at the meeting of the Edmonds City Council, where Mayor Earling will read a proclamation marking the silver anniversary of the Edmonds-Hekinan sister city relationship.

The Edmonds Sister City Commission made up special gift bags for each delegate. Here delegates , Kaori Suzuki, Shigeko Ogasawara and Masahiro Suzuki show them off for the camera.

The Sister City Commission, Mayor Earling and the Hekinan delegation invite everyone to attend Wednesday’s cultural fair at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will include music, dance, crafts and the opportunity to try on a kimono and be photographed with the delegation.

More information and a complete schedule of events are available on the Edmonds Sister City Commission webpage.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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