To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lodi’s and Kofu’s relationship as sister cities, Mayor Masanobu Miyajima and five other Kofu representatives (Tamotsu Shimizu, Kazuo Tanaka, Mikio Yokouchi, Masayuki Shindo and interpreter Jon Durham) from the City of Kofu, Japan visited Lodi last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Lodi Sister City Committee, made up of Bill Hinkle, Angie Ferrero, Kay Takeuchi, Merry Sasaki, Susanne Benbrook, Susan Ferrero, Judy Hinkle, Hugh Metcalf, Michiko Oye, Bob Takeuchi (with assistance from Jennifer Robison – Assistant City Clerk), have been planning the three-day event for over a year.
LODI360 documented the visit with the following photographs.
Saturday (Aug 13th)
Baseball Game and Tour of Kofu Park, followed by a Dinner hosted by the Sister City Committee at Frank Gayaldo’s Ranch.
Sunday (Aug 14th)
Lunch at Phillip’s Farms and Anniversary Dinner at Hutchins Street Square prepared and served by Touch of Mesquite Catering.
Monday (Aug 15th)
Tour of the Lodi Fire Department, Yamanashi Youth Band greeting, visit the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, Lunch at Lodi Beer Company, tour Lustre-Cal, wine tasting at the Lodi Wine & Visitors’ Center, Dinner at Yume Japanese Restaurant and a performance at Hutchins Street Square featuring the Yamanashi Youth Band and the U.S. Air Force Band.
Photographs by Keith Colgan: Call 209-329-4158 or Email