Edmonds sister city volunteer to be honored with bench

Oct 26, 2018

The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission is preparing for the arrival of a delegation from its sister city of Hekinan, Japan, to mark the 30th anniversary of the relationship.

The bond between Edmonds and Hekinan was created and has been maintained through the effort of many volunteers in Edmonds and Hekinan. One of those volunteers was Keiko Sakakibara of Hekinan.

Keiko was one of a delegation of three from Hekinan who traveled to Edmonds to assess the possibility of the Hekinan/Edmonds relationship. After visiting Edmonds and two other cities on the West Coast, it was clear to the delegation that Edmonds was the best fit.

Keiko was the driving force behind this program for the past 30 years. Sadly, Keiko died suddenly only a week before the Edmonds delegation arrived in Hekinan last April. The City of Edmonds will honor Keiko with a memorial bench, which will be presented at a short ceremony 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Centennial Plaza.

Edmonds and Hekinan established a relationship April 5, 1988. Since that time, hundreds of adults and students have traveled between the two cities, promoting international communication and understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and culture.

While in Edmonds, the delegation, led by Hekinan Mayor Masanobu Negita, will visit the Washington State Capitol, explore Snohomish and Skagit counties and participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween event.

The delegation also will spend a day in Edmonds visiting Edmonds Elementary, Fire Station 17, and attending a lunch hosted by the Foundation for International Services.


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