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Lodi/Kofu 50th Sister City Celebration

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


6 thoughts on “Lodi/Kofu 50th Sister City Celebration

  1. Keith:

    I cannot express how impressed I have been with the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The Mayor’s Dinner and the
    50th Anniversary Concert were both outstanding. I want to thank everyone who participated in making this such
    a successful event especially the sponsors and supporters of this wonderful event. The 50th Lodi/Kofu Anniversary
    celebration will go down as one of the more memorable events for Lodi and Kofu.. Thank you for your wonderful pictures and for posting this event on the website. I also want to thank the City of Kofu Delegation and the Yamanashi International Exchange Band for their dedication to this event

    Bill Hinkle, President
    Lodi Sister City Committee

    Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011, 8:52 pm
  2. Keith, and the Lodi community,

    On behalf of Mayor Miyajima and the rest of the delegation from Kofu, I want to express our gratitude for your coverage of our visit in August. We had a tremendous visit and made some wonderful connections with people such as yourself. The pictures on this site and the activities they depict, will not only serve as a poignant reminder of our time together but hopefully will also motivate our communities to continue to develop and strengthen our special connection in the coming years.


    Jon Durham

    Posted by Jon Durham | September 1, 2011, 11:33 pm
  3. Hey Keith, Good coverage, I managed to hide most of the time. :-)

    Posted by Hugh Metcalf | August 28, 2011, 10:37 pm
  4. Keith–These are great pix. They will be a fitting memory for everyone involved. Glad to see Lodi360 coming along so well. Sincerely, Gwin Paden PS Thanks for my pix with Frank!

    Posted by Former teacher | August 18, 2011, 11:37 am
  5. So good to see everyone having a good time with Lodi’s visitors. It’s nice to see friends and relatives out and about.

    Posted by ddh | August 16, 2011, 8:44 pm

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