To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sister City Relationship, six delegates from the City of Kobe visited Philadelphia earlier this week. The delegates were treated to a wide sampling of Philadelphia’s offerings including tours of Olde City, the University of Pennsylvania, the Science Center and Reading Terminal Market.
On Monday, Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed the delegates to City Hall. In a speech, he expressed his desire to travel to Kobe in the near future then presented each of the delegates with a replica Liberty Bell and other gifts. Kobe Vice-Mayor Saburo Nakamura also gave glowing remarks and brought a bevy of gifts for Mayor Nutter – including a Kobe Marathon Happi Coat. Check out our galleries to see the pictures. JASGP Executive Director, Kazumi Teune, was honored by Mr. Nakamura as a Special Ambassador for Tourism.
On Tuesday, the delegates continued their visits, finishing with a dinner at the Union League. During the dinner, Mr. Kenichi Wakamatsu gave a presentation on Kobe’s biocluster project, which was a cornerstone of the rebuilding effort following the great Hanshin earthquake in 1995. The concept is similar to Philadelphia’s Science Center – highlighting one of our greatest commonalities.
Though the visit was brief, it forged new friendships and strengthed existing bonds. Mr. Nakamura several times expressed his hope that the relationship would grow stronger and last many years.