Penticton mayor visits sister city in Japan
Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and an eight member delegation are in Ikeda, Japan, Penticton's sister city, Thursday, May 18, 2017.
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May 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM
PENTICTON - The Mayor of Penticton is paying a visit to the Peach City’s sister city in Japan this week.
A delegation from Penticton arrived in Ikeda, Japan yesterday, May 18.
Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says in an email the delegation was greeted by 15 people at the airport prior to a meeting at city hall that included the Ikeda mayor and a group of 50 residents and city councillors.
The Penticton entourage toured a winery, an elementary school, museum and a temple prior to a formal reception, Jakubeit says.
Ikeda has been a sister city to Penticton for 40 years.
Jakubeit says part of the purpose of the trip is to renew and re-frame the relationship the two cities have with each other. There hasn’t been a council representative visit Ikeda since 2008, although a school exchange program sees visits between students every three years.
The Mayor says it is hoped the visit stimulates the building of cultural, educational, and economic opportunities between both communities.
The visit concludes Monday, May 22 for Jakubeit, as other members of the delegation continue their visit to other parts of Japan.
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