Saturday, August 18, 2012

Welcoming Sister City Visitors from Toyonaka Japan

Last night I was proud to host a welcome dinner for four visitors from Toyonaka, Japan, which is San Mateo's sister city.

Toyonaka City official Shingo Maeda and Taketoshi Nagahara, along with students Yuma and Sayuka will be in town for a week to tour city facilities, speak to local school kids, and enjoy the culture of the greater Bay Area as part of their goodwill tour of San Mateo.

Yuma and Sayuka earned their trip to San Mateo by winning a speech contest in Toyonaka, Japan. They will present their winning speeches to the San Mateo City Council this Monday at 7:00 PM during the city council meeting. You will be able to see the speeches during the normal broadcast of the City Council meeting.

Yuma and Sayuka are spending their week as the guests of two San Mateo host families who have graciously opened up their homes for our visitors.

Last night's dinner (not hosted using City funds) was attended by over 30 people, and a great time was had by all. Our Japanese guests were treated to Chicago-style pizza, Texas bar-b-que ribs, and root beer floats at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo.

Please joining me in welcoming our international goodwill guests!

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