Winter 2013
Do you enjoy travelling? Have you ever wanted to travel to Japan? Do you consider yourself a community ambassador? If so, this trip is for you!

Mayor Dave Earling will lead a delegation of Edmonds representatives and Edmonds Sister City Commissioenrs to Hekinan, Japan April 1-8, 2013, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Edmonds and Hekinan, Japan. On November 24, 1987, in the first part of a two-stage trans-Pacific ceremony, the mayors of Edmonds and Hekinan, Japan, signed documents formalizing the sister-city agreement between the two cities. Hekinan Mayor Junzo Kobayashi and Edmonds Mayor Larry Naughten signed the declarations of friendship at a ceremony preceding a traditional Thanksgiving dinner honoring the Hekinan delegation at Edmonds Community College. As the second stage of the ceremony, a delegation of Edmonds civic and business leaders travelled to Hekinan to help the city celebrate its 40th anniversary and to participate in an additional signing ceremony.

This year's delegatation will travel to Hekinan during the first week of April. While in Hekinan the delegation will enjoy a reception by Hekinan Sister City Association, sightseeing tours, a reception and celebration ceremony for the 25th anniversary, with the possibility of attending concerts and festivals.

All individuals travelling with the delegation are responsible for their own travel costs. Flight costs are being estimated at about $1,300 - $1,500 per person. Costs for accommodations will depend on whether you choose a home stay or a hotel stay. Home stays are limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Hotel prices are estimated at $50 - $100 per person per night.

Mayor Earling is inviting anyone who is interested in travelling with the delegation to contact the Mayor's office for details about the trip. He and his wife Susan are honored to be leading this 25th Anniversary delegation to Hekinan, Japan.

For more information please contact Carolyn LaFave by phone @ 425.771.0247 or email.

Pictured below: 2008 Mayor's Delegation to Hekinan, Japan

April 2008 Delegation to Hekinan

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