Vallejo Sister City Association Hosts Annual Japanese Tea Gathering

Vallejo, CA – April 7, 2024

On Sunday, April 7, 2024, the Vallejo Sister City Association (VSCA) and Vallejo Sister City Commission warmly welcomed attendees to the Annual Japanese Tea Gathering. Held in celebration of the enduring bond between Vallejo and its sister city, Akashi, Japan, the event marked another milestone in the VSCA’s commitment to fostering global connections and promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

Since its inception in 1956, the VSCA has been dedicated to building bridges across cultures and continents, embodying the spirit of friendship and collaboration. The Annual Japanese Tea Gathering stands as a testament to this mission, offering a serene and culturally enriching experience for participants.

The event provided a platform for attendees to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, featuring traditional tea ceremonies, and and opportunity for guests to learn more about tea and the tea ceremony. Guests had the opportunity to engage with representatives from the Hagiwara Sojin Tea Group.

Speaking at the gathering, representatives from the VSCA emphasized the importance of cultural exchange in fostering understanding and goodwill. “Our sister city relationship with Akashi is a source of pride for Vallejo, reflecting our commitment to building a more interconnected and harmonious world,” remarked one member.

The Annual Japanese Tea Gathering not only celebrated the rich heritage of Akashi but also served as a reminder of the power of community and collaboration in promoting peace and prosperity on a global scale. As attendees sipped tea and shared stories, they embodied the spirit of friendship and unity that lies at the heart of the sister city movement.

The VSCA extends its gratitude to all who participated in this year’s gathering, inviting the community to join in their ongoing efforts to strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation with sister cities around the world.

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