MARQUETTE — This year marks 43 years of friendship between Marquette and Higashiomi, Japan.
Yusuke Shindo, a Japanese Consul General working out of Detroit, is visiting Marquette on behalf of Marquette’s sister city with his wife Seiko Shindo.
A meet-and-greet was held at the Peter White Public Library on Thursday, during which the couple met and spoke to local residents.
At the event, a certificate of appreciation was presented to the Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership on behalf of Governor Gretchen Whitmer for building friendships, promoting cultural awareness and serving as an inspirational example to others.
Marquette Mayor Pro Tem Cody Mayer presented Shindo with a gift on behalf of the city. The gift included a bottle of locally sourced maple syrup and a set of stationery inspired by a shared love of the maple tree. The illustrations were drawn and designed by Marquette’s Arts and Culture staff member Amelia Pruiett.
“This town twinning is one of the most active relationships here in Michigan,” said Shindo. “There are about 30 town twinnings. But between Marquette and Higashiomi is probably (one of the) most active. It makes me so happy that both sides are so committed to the friendship.”
Shindo and his wife have toured the city with MASCP members participating in Marquette must-dos, including visiting Lake Superior and sampling pies and other local cuisine.
“People are smiling, yesterday the twinning partners took me around the city and it seems everyone knows each other, everyone says hello, how are you and of course the fact that you are able, without fear or anything so wonderful to be able to go freely, so I really like the whole atmosphere,” said Shindo.
Shindo works at the Detroit office of the Japanese consulate, established in 1993 by the Japanese government to strengthen the Japan-US alliance by fostering relationships with local governments, businesses, cultural organizations and more.
The Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership announced that it will send a delegation to Higashiomi in 2023.
Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]