In November 2016, I had the privilege of leading a delegation of eleven Visalia citizens on a visit to our sister city, Miki, Japan. We were hosted for a week by their city officials and local families, invited into their homes to see the daily routine of Japanese life, were entertained at banquets, attended and spoke at their Hardware Festival, and were given a tour of Himeji Castle and city hall. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of our sister city relationship and made new friends.
In April 2017, Miki sent a delegation of 14 people to Visalia where we returned their kindnesses and hospitality. Their vice-mayor and city officials in that group assisted us in dedicating our new Miki Sister City Park on Mineral King Avenue, we hosted them in our homes, and gave them tours of our area.
We have now been invited again to visit Miki, Japan, to help them celebrate their autumn harvest festival, October 3-9, 2018. There will be some limited home-stay opportunities, and included in the itinerary is a visit to Kyoto and Nara, nearby ancient capitals of Japan. We will fly from Los Angeles into Osaka, where we will be greeted and transported to Miki for this visit. My wife and I will be attending, along with other Visalia city officials. There are a few spaces open for interested citizens of Visalia who would like to accompany our delegation, on a first-come, first-served basis. All of those traveling to Japan in our group will be responsible for paying their own airfare and incidentals.
If you are interested in being part of Visalia’s delegation for this visit to our sister city in Japan, please contact Gladys Ruiz at the city, 713-4314 or [email protected]. An informational meeting for those who would like to be part of the delegation will be held Monday, August 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 220 N. Santa Fe, in the conference room.
We look forward to renewing acquaintances and celebrating our sister city relationship with Miki, Japan, and promise to report back.
Mayor of Visalia