Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association celebrates 50 years!

A recent letter from one of JETAANC’s great partners, the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association. Please contact Liane directly at lianescott@sbcglobal.net or 510.482.5896 if you might be able to help.

Dear Family & Friends,

As many of you know, I have been involved with the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association for over 18 years. Both of my children, Megan & Zachary participated as high school exchange students and were lucky to experience staying with a host family and establishing friendships in Fukuoka, Japan.  Oakland CA and Fukuoka, Japan have been sister cities for 50 years!  We are the 46th city to achieve this honor.  An Oakland delegation will be traveling to Japan from May1-6, 2012 (if you are interested in going with the delegation, let me know) and we will be receiving the Fukuoka delegation from August 17-21, 2012.  Many festivities are being planned in each city.
We are working on three fund-raisers to help with the 50th celebrations and we could use your help.

1.  Japanese lantern replacement – see attached flyer.

2.  Japanese Food Festival & silent auction – Sushi, Sake & More!  SAVE THE DATE: March 11, 2012 at the Sequoyah Country Club from 5:00-7:30 pm.  Cost $50. Details to follow.
3.  Artist Exchange: One of our many events is to feature an “artist exchange” where Oakland artist James Gayles and Fukuoka artist Hiroko To will participate in a traveling art exhibit and student workshop in each city.  This opportunity is a dream but the shipping/travel costs for our artists is a reality so we are asking for your support.  Please view our video on the non-profit/art fundraising site of “Kickstarter.”  Any small or large contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated!  And of course, if you would like to know more about our planning and events, please let me know.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/568707184/oakland-fukuoka-artist-exchange

Thank you.

Liane Higashiuchi Scott
President
Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association
510.482.5896