Friday, August 1, 2014

Richmond celebrates the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange


Entire community invited and encouraged to attend events

WHAT: The Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission welcomes The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan and the Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team to Richmond for the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange.
 

During their visit, the delegation will enjoy educational tours and cultural activities; and, the baseball team will play a game with a Little League team.
 

One of Richmond’s five international Sister City relationships, the first baseball exchange with Saitama began in Richmond in 1994 and rotates each year (missing 2011 due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami that severely impacted Japan) from Richmond to Saitama.
The events are free and open to the public and may include three or more members of Richmond City Council and/or members of the Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission. The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The planned schedule of events, is as follows:

Saturday, August 2, 2014
6 to 8 p.m. Covered Dish Supper
3211 Floyd Avenue

Monday, August 4, 2014
8:45 a.m. Welcome
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor,

10 a.m. Tour
Old City Hall; 1001 East Broad Street, and Richmond State Capitol Grounds; 1000 Bank Street

11:30 a.m. Luncheon
Bull & Bear Club; 901 E. Cary Street, 21st Floor
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or sam.patterson@richmondgov.com
($20.00 per person for those planning to have lunch)

2 p.m. Goodwill Baseball Game
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Byrd Bark Field; 600 S. Boulevard

3:30 p.m. Tour
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street
 

6:30 p.m. Reception
Meet Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito and The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
Richmond Main Street Station; 1500 E. Main Street
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or sam.patterson@richmondgov.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
9 a.m. Tour
Richmond and Richmond 2015 Route
Mr. Lee Kellam, Richmond 2015-Japanese Delegations
Meet at Richmond City Hall 10th Street Entrance
900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor

11 a.m. Presentation
Richmond Public Library - Main Branch; 101 E. Franklin Street
Presentation by The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan

11:30 a.m. Farewell Luncheon
John Marshall Hotel Ballroom; 101 N. 5th Street

WHO: Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito
         The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
         The Honorable Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond
         Richmond City Council
         Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission
         Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team

CONTACT: For more event information, please contact: Miss Catherine E. Nexsen,Chairman, Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission - Saitama, Japan-Richmond Committee, at (804) 355-2780, or saitamajapanrichmondvirginia@yahoo.com.

For more information regarding the Richmond City Council Sister Cities
Commission, please visit its website, at http://www.richmondgov.com/CommissionSisterCities/index.aspx.