As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.
The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.
The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.
“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”
After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.
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About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship
The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.
Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005
As part of Leipzig in Houston, this evening of Leipzig’s 19th-century masters Mendelssohn and Reger, with the Bach Choir, Houston Saengerbund, and brass players from the Houston Symphony promises some spectacular music. Tickets are available at $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Leipzig in Houston is a festival celebrating both cities’ arts and cultures. The concept arose from “Little Leipzig Week”, founded by former Bach Society Houston director Albert LeDoux in 2010, as a way to honor the city in which J.S. Bach wrote his most important music. Since then, Little Leipzig Week has grown, and in 2016 will begin its first year as a full festival over 10 days, involving 10 organizations with ties to both cities.
Leipzig in Houston – September 25th through October 2nd
East West Bank/Conference Room – Each month, the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston meet to discuss ongoing business and initiatives. The Board is composed of five elected members of the Executive Committee, four at large board members and one ex officio representative from each Sister City organization.
The 6th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Russian Delegations to Breakbulk Americas 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room
1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian delegations to the 6th Annual Welcome Breakbulk Americas reception. This annual event draws decision makers in U.S.-Russia trade and investment, including: senior representatives from major shipping and logistics companies, leaders in the oil and gas industry, government officials, elected officials and more.
Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in North America for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. The conference provides shippers with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.
The Turkish Film Festival will be held on September 29-October 2, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The Festival showcases 6 new films that have entertained and intrigued audiences worldwide. Here are showtimes and key facts about the films: —OCT 2, 5.00 pm LEMONADE by Ali Atay (Comedy about two half-brothers who meet for the first time after their father’s dead) —OCT 2, 7.00 pm CATS OF ISTANBUL