Reuniting With San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities

Following up with his recent trip to his hometown Okayama, Japan in April to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities, Koyamada and his wife Nia reunited with the San Jose delegation at the historic Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose, CA.

Some of the attendees included City of San Jose council members, D10-Johnny Khamis, D3-Raul Peralez,, D4-Lan Diep, D8-Sylvia Arenas, D2-Sergio Jimenez, D7-Tam Nguyen, Kathy Sakamoto, Chair of San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities Association and other business and community leaders from San Jose areas.

Koyamada was very pleased to reunite with most of the San Jose delegation who came to visit his hometown Okayama for its sister cities celebration and and meet some of his friends and supporters, including Okayama Mayor, in Okayama, Japan.

The garden was modeled after the great Korakuen Garden, one of the three great national gardens of Japan which is on the grounds of Okayama Castle. The Castle is known as the “Castle of the dark bird” or “Crow Castle” because of the dark background of the walls of the building.

San José was among the first cities in the United States to establish a sister city affiliation. San José’s sister city affiliation with Okayama, Japan, established on May 26, 1957, was the third sister city affiliation following the inception of the national Sister Cities program in 1956.

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