Anaheim and Mito, Japan Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Sister City Relations
Consul General of Japan Los Angeles Akira Chiba addresses Anaheim representatives and guests from Mito, Japan
Consul General of Japan Los Angeles Akira Chiba addresses Anaheim representatives and guests from Mito, Japan

On August 18th, 2016 a 26-member delegation from Mito, Japan visited Anaheim, California to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of sister city relations between the cities of Anaheim, California and Mito, Japan. This delegation included Mito Mayor Yasushi Takahashi, Mito City Council Chairman Shinyo Murata, five Mito City Council members, four Mito City Hall staff and 15 Mito citizens.

img_2724A special luncheon was held at the City National Grove of Anaheim with over 50 people in attendance including the Consul General of Japan Los Angeles Akira Chiba, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, Anaheim City Councilmember James Vanderbilt, and the Anaheim Sister City Commission.

Mito Mayor Yasushi Takahashi receives declaration from Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait
Mito Mayor Yasushi Takahashi receives declaration from Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait

In the evening, the Mito delegation attended the Anaheim City Council Meeting where it was announced to the public that Anaheim had named a street next to Anaheim City Hall “Mito Way” in honor of the anniversary.

During the visit, the Mito delegation also visited a Japanese class at Loara High School, an Anaheim branch of the Japanese-owned Union Bank of California, Mito Bridge in Anaheim, Disneyland, the Anaheim Convention Center, ARTIC train station, and Angel Stadium.

Two Anaheim high school students who did a 2016 summer homestay in Mito, Japan with Consul General of Japan Akira Chiba and Sister Cities International Southern California Chapter President / Anaheim Sister City Commission Vice-Chair Anthony Al-Jamie
Two Anaheim high school students who did a 2016 summer homestay in Mito, Japan with Consul General of Japan Akira Chiba and Sister Cities International Southern California Chapter President / Anaheim Sister City Commission Vice-Chair Anthony Al-Jamie
Anaheim City Council Member Shinyo Murata
Anaheim City Council Member Shinyo Murata
Mito Mayor Yasushi Takahashi
Mito Mayor Yasushi Takahashi