NEW ORLEANS - Press Release – A two-part delegation of Matsue City Hall representatives and residents will visit New Orleans between August 2 and August 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between New Orleans and Matsue, Japan.
The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation will host three representatives of Matsue City Hall in the exchange: Satomi Miyazako, head of Matsue City International Tourism Division and leader of the delegation; Yukio Yoshikawa, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations of New York; and Brittany Partin, Matsue coordinator for international relations.
The Japan Society of New Orleans and the Tomodachi Foundation will also host a group from Matsue for an exchange program, funded by a grant from the National Association of Japan America Societies. Yuka Ikejiri will serve as the leader of these exchange participants, and the additional travelers will include high school teacher Naoko Nagase, businessmen Hiroyuki Katayama and Toranosuke Mizumoto, saxophone player Mika Miyamoto, chef Hitoshi Kashiwai, part-time worker Ayaka Notsu, and college student Sachi Yamane.
During their time in
In addition to the importance placed on waterways and a variety of seasonal festivals,
The official sister city agreement between
“As the sister relationship with Matsue grows-- the friendships also grow,” said Honorary Consul General of Japan in New Orleans Donna Fraiche. “Our common cultural and economic treasures and potentials, like our love for jazz and history, bind us as vibrant communities from whom we mutually learn and experience. Having the delegation back in
New Orleans Delegates Visited Matsue last October
In October of 2013, a group of business and political leaders from
Also traveling with the delegation, was the Sasha Masakowski Quartet, which consisted of Sasha Masakowski’s vocals, Cliff Hines on guitar, Jasen Weaver on bass, and Maxwell Zemanovic on drums. Three of the four musicians attended NOCCA and the Jazz Studies program at the
During the August trip, professional saxophone player Mika Miyamoto will have the chance to perform with
The delegation, the exchange participants, and the groups’ hosts feel optimistic that