Sister Cities members planning trip to Japan

Published on Saturday, 1 March 2014 22:00 - Written by From Staff Reports

Community members are invited to join Tyler Sister Cities this summer on a visit to Yachiyo, Japan, Tyler’s Sister City, said Pat Johns, president of Tyler Sister Cities.

The trip is scheduled for July, with the highlight being the Summer Festival at Sawara City, Japan on July 13, according to a news release. 

“The group will tour the special historic area of Little Edo, patterned after the capital city as it was two centuries ago. Many shops selling traditional wares and a summer festival await us there,” the news release states. 

Tyler “twinned” with Yachiyo, Japan in 1992.

Since then, there have been more than 20 visits between the cities, and in 2012, Yachiyo and Tyler celebrated its 20-year anniversary when 35 Japanese citizens, including 10 youth, came to Tyler.

This summer, the Tyler group is slated to leave on July 7, and return on July 15. 

The group will spend three nights in Tokyo at the centrally located, Keio Hotel.

Plans include a tour of Tokyo and a tour of Mount Fuji, “the highest mountain in Japan.”

“This is perhaps the best known symbol of Japan, and was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site in June 2013,” Tony Tadasa, Japanese chairperson of Sister Cities, said.

Yachiyo will host the delegation for four days, and various other activities, including home visits, are planned.

Tyler Sister Cities, a nonprofit organization, started in 1982 to offer a global vision for the East Texas and Tyler communities.

Tyler Sister Cities is a part of Sister Cities International. Tyler also has Sister Cities in Jelenia Gora, Poland, Liberia, Costa Rica and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Those who are interested in participating in the trip to Japan may call Tyler Sister Cities at 903-561-0128.