Summer 2014
student delegatesOn July 21st ten students and two chaperones from the Edmonds area will board a plane bound for Japan to participate in an exchange program that has been going on for more than 25 years between the cities of Hekinan, Japan and Edmonds, Washington. During their time in Hekinan the students and chaperones will: homestay with a Japanese host family; participate in Zasen, a traditional seated meditation practice; visit the Toyota Exhibition Hall; travel to the historic city of Kyoto; meet the Mayor; and visit a soy bean factory. For their final night in Hekinan the students and chaperones will put together a farewell party, complete with meal and entertainment, to thank their host families, dignitaries, the Hekinan Sister City Association and volunteers for their hospitality.

Then, on August 6th, thirteen students and two chaperones from Hekinan, Japan will board a plane bound for Washington for a reciprocal visit where they will: homestay with an American host family; participate in a sand castle competition; tour the University of Washington; spend the evening at a Mariners game; meet the Mayor; and sightsee in downtown Seattle. The Hekinan students and chaperones will also put together a farewell party with a traditional Japanese meal and entertainment... 
and the relationship and goodwill continues.

Through the relationship of these two sister cities, hundreds of adults and students from Edmonds and Hekinan have travelled around the world to experience, first hand, the joys and benefits of cultural exchange.

You can learn more about the Sister City Commission by visiting the Sister City Facebook page, their city webpage, or by contacting
 the Mayor's Office at 425.771.0247 or email.


mariners-web-logoIf you would like to help support the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission so that they may continue this tradition of cultural exchange you can:
• Join us on Tuesday, August 12 @ 7:10 pm at Safeco Field when the Seattle Mariners battle the Toronto Blue Jays. Tickets are $15 a piece with a portion of the proceeds going to the Commission ~ for tickets go to, password Edmonds0812
• Sponsor an event for the Hekinan delegation's visit ~ Sponsorship Opportunities
 Make a tax-deductable donation to the Edmonds Sister City Commission ~ 
Donations to the Edmonds Sister City Commission can be tax-deductible.  The Commission works to expend contributions for public purposes.  Please refer to IRS Publication 526 for additional information and speak with your accountant.

The Sister City Commission THANKS YOU for your support!

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