For the past 60 years, hundreds of students from Kitakyushu and Norfolk have visited their respective sister city. The cities have partnered to host educational symposiums and business and governmental exchanges. The location of the event is meaningful as the Norfolk Botanical Gardens’ Japanese Garden was created in 1962 to honor its Japanese sister city.
This week on Monday, July 22, 2019, the City of Norfolk hosted the mayoral delegation from Kitakyushu, Japan in City Hall and celebrated 60 years of partnership with a dedication and tree planting at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Honorable Mayor Kitahashi attended the celebration and made remarks.
Vice-Mayor Martin A. Thomas, Jr. was present in welcoming the Honorable Kenji Kitashashi and their Assembly Chairperson, Koichi Murakami to City Hall to discuss our partnership and future business, cultural and student exchanges. Like Norfolk, Kitakyushu is an international gateway with ports and industry that connects it to other cities across the globe. This relationship represents our long-standing sister city relationship.
More than 170 guests attended the event at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.