Sister City Three-Year Anniversary Celebration
After three years of connecting virtually, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes was delighted to welcome dignitaries from Sakura City, Japan, to RPV in August 2023 for our first in-person meeting since becoming sister cities.
The delegates watched superstar Shohei Ohtani hit his 40th home run of the season at Angel Stadium, took a day-long tour of RPV’s parks, landmarks, and points of interest, and wrapped up their visit on August 5 at the Ken Dyda Civic Center for cross-cultural festivities and an exchange of gifts as part of the Third Anniversary Sister City Celebration. The public celebration was attended by Kenko Sone, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.
Sakura City gifted RPV with tiles made of recycled glass and hand-painted with both cities’ logos, and RPV gave Sakura City an assortment of glassware and tree ornaments from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center gift shop.
The visiting Sakura City delegates included Yoshio Kotake, Mayor Pro Tem, Shoji Sasanuma, Councilmember, Tatsuo Soeta, General Affairs Department Head, Gakuyo Takahashi, Head Clerk, and Emmanuel Chambliss, Assistant Language Teacher.
Thanks to all who turned out for our sister city celebration, to our talented performers, and we look forward to welcoming additional dignitaries in September for our 50th Anniversary Gala!
Sister City Two-Year Anniversary Celebration
On August 4, 2022, Rancho Palos Verdes and Sakura City celebrated their second anniversary as sister cities. This milestone was marked by a fun and innovative in-person/virtual ceremony hosted by Sakura City and held concurrently in both cities. Highlights included cultural exchange videos, remarks by city officials, the presentation of gifts, a lesson in traditional Japanese dance, and a performance by Yugo Maeda, a 10-year-old violin virtuoso who was born in Japan and moved to RPV when he was 6.
Sakura City gifted RPV with a hand-crafted metal stove engraved with fireworks and both cities’ logos, and RPV gave Sakura City a pair of whimsical ceramic gray whales and other trinkets from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center gift shop. The City also presented Sakura City with flowers in memory of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who died from injuries after he was shot while delivering a speech at a political event on July 8.