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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.
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:
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.