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Posted on: July 15, 2021

City to celebrate 35th anniversary of sister city relationship with Isesaki, Japan on July 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield will mark 35 years as a sister city of Isesaki, Japan with a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 18.  Sister City Proclamation-flags

Citizens are invited to witness Springfield Mayor Ken McClure and Isesaki Mayor Yasuo Hiji exchange remarks and acknowledge the cities’ history together. The celebration will be broadcast via facebook live at facebook.com/cityofsgf.  

The sister city relationship between Springfield and Isesaki was established July 18, 1986 when Springfield’s then mayor, George Scruggs, traveled to Isesaki to meet with Mayor Shimojo to sign the sister city agreement.

Since the connection was established, both cities have participated in over 100 cultural exchanges including:

  • Home-stay programs, which have included more than 100 Springfield families.
  • Children’s art and photography exchanges between schools and the two cities’ art museums.
  • Numerous visits involving private citizens as well as city officials from both municipalities.
  • Annual exchanges of performance groups for city-wide festivals in both Isesaki and Springfield.
  • Annual middle and high school student exchanges with Missouri State University. 
  • Springfield has sponsored a program that supplies Isesaki with Assistant Language Teachers.
  • Replacement of Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden trees following Springfield's 2007 ice storm. 
  • Earthquake and tsunami relief efforts following storms in 2011.
  • Other exchanges including softball teams and study tours.

Reminders of the cities’ relationship can be found throughout Springfield. Isesaki assisted in the development of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park which displays the work and guidance of Isesaki gardeners. The Azumaya, located in Friendship Park within City Government Plaza, was also a gift of the City of Isesaki and constructed by their architects.

Learn more about the Springfield Sister Cities Association and Springfield’s relationship with Isesaki, Japan and Tlaquepaque, Mexico by visiting peacethroughpeople.org.

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For more information about this event, contact Executive Director of Springfield Sister Cities Association Lisa Bakerink at [email protected] or 417-864-1341 or Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at [email protected] or 573-819-3713. 

Learn more about Springfield Sister Cities.
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