San Carlos City Hall was the scene of a ceremony Friday officially marking the beginning of a Sister City relationship between San Carlos and Omura, Japan.
The documents were signed in both English and Japanese as a delegation of 18 from Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan were on hand for the event.
The relationship was cemented with the planting of two Japanese cherry trees, one in City Hall Plaza, as commemorative of our Sister City Relationship and the other, at which the Consul General spoke, commemorating 100 years of Japanese-American friendship which was symbolized by hundreds of cherry trees given to Washington, D.C. by the Japanese government a century ago.
The Mayor of Omura and the Vice Chairman of the Omura City Council signed the documents as well as San Carlos Mayor Matt Grocutt and Leonor Urbain, President of San Carlos Sister City Association.
Former Sister City President John Hoffman, who began the process last year, was also on hand.
San Carlos also has two other Sister City relationships. One with San Carlos, Nicaraguam a city near the southern border, at the mouth of the San Juan river bordering Costa Rica.
The other relationship is with Okotoks, Alberta,Canada, just south of Calgary and the Canadian Rockies.