Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Toyonaka Ambassadors Visit Downtown San Mateo

Yesterday I was honored to host a delegation of visitors from San Mateo's Sister City of Toyonaka, Japan.

Included in the delegation were two officials from the City of Toyonaka who were in town to discuss strengthening cultural exchanges between our two cities. Topics discussed included creating a pen pal program between elementary schools, and improving the high school student exchange program.

Also part of the delegation were Toyonaka high school students Saki Kakimoto and Mitsuki Naito, who earned the trip after winning an essay and speech contest in Toyonaka.

 Toyonaka high school ambassadors Saki Kakimoto and Mitsuki Naito
Photo by Bill Silverfarb, San Mateo Daily Journal

The lunch for the Toyonaka delegation was held at H.K. Causeway Bay Chinese restaurant in downtown San Mateo. I was proud to host the event, and did not use any City funds to host the lunch.

Next week our San Mateo All-Star baseball team will be heading over to Toyonaka as part of a goodwill tour. I know you will all join me in wishing them a safe journey as they represent San Mateo and spread international goodwill! I know they will make San Mateo proud!

Strong cultural exchange with Toyonaka is great for our children and our community at-large, so I am proud to continue to foster our relationship with Toyonaka. Look for more events in the coming months as we gear up for the 50th anniversary of our Sister-City relationship with Toyonaka in 2012!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad. Apologies for typos!

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