In Memoriam: Mr. Yuichi Kawai 1928 – 2016

September 29, 2016

OSCA is sorry to hear about the loss of our great friend, Mr. Yuichi Kawai, a key person involved with forming the sister city relationship between Omaha and Shizuoka, The former Chairman and CEO of Shizuoka Railway and current Chamber of Commerce Honorary President, Yuuichi Kawai, passed away on August 3, 2016 in the morning….  Read more »

OSCA Delegation Attends Dinner at Japanese Ambassador’s Residence

July 14, 2016

OSCA members is attending the Sister Cities International 60 Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC this week were welcomed by Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and attended a dinner at the ambassador’s residence. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Kenichiro Sasae entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974. He was appointed Ambassador of Japan to the United…  Read more »

OSCA Awarded $20k Grant To Develop Additional Sculptures at Lauritzen Gardens

July 5, 2016

On behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, OSCA has been awarded a greant in the amount of $20,000 from the Visitor Improvement Fund to bring and accomadate two sculptors from our sister city Siauliai, Lithuania to develop additional sculptures in Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. See more info and video

Thank you Union Pacific for transporting ambulances to Xalapa !

June 4, 2016

Ambulances and emergency response equipment recently donated by Omaha to Xalapa are being transported  2,000 miles via rail service free of charge by Union Pacific to the Mexican border, where Kansas City Southern de Mexico will complete the journey.  Thank you Union Pacific for your great generosity and support ! Read more in the Union…  Read more »

Ambulances 2,000-Mile Journey from Omaha to Xalapa

May 23, 2016

A ceremony will take place at the Durham Museum beginning at 11:00 AM on May 24th to mark the gifting of the ambulances and equipment to Xalapa, Mexico. Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern de Mexico are providing the logistics and transportation free-of-charge for the over 2000-mile rail journey from Omaha to Xalapa. Click here to see…  Read more »

Omaha Donates Ambulances & Equipment to Xalapa

May 17, 2016

On April 4th, 2016, a City of Omaha resolution was signed by Mayor Jean Stothert, then Fire Chief Bernard Kanger and Finance Director Stephen Curtis, approving the donation of surplus and excess vehicles and equipment to Omaha’s Sister City Xalapa, Mexico.  The donation is permissible under section 5.21 of the Omaha Home Rule Charter upon…  Read more »

Michael Kelly Writes on Sunpu Chaya Dedication, 50th Anniversary and Eisenhower

May 16, 2016

” In a stirring ceremony at Lauritzen Gardens, five men from Shizuoka serenaded Mayor Jean Stothert at the dedication of an addition to the Japanese park. The “Kiyari singers” sang traditional selections as well as an original song written for the dedication of the Sunpu Chaya, a traditional Japanese wooden structure. It was built by…  Read more »

Sunpu Chaya Complete. Thank You Shizuoka !

May 7, 2016

The Sunpu Chaya wooden “waiting room” structure is complete and was fully dedicated May 6th, 2016 in the Japanese section of Lauritzen Gardens.   It was a beautiful day to be in the gardens and the ceremony was attended by city officials from Shizuoka and Omaha, including Mayor Jean Stothert.  The City of Shizuoka officially…  Read more »

Sunpu Chaya Dedication May 6th 4pm

May 5, 2016

Craftsmen from Shizuoka, Japan have been building a unique wooden structure in Omaha since the end of April. The Sunpu Chaya is being constructed in the Japanese gardens area of Lauritzen Gardens.  Upon completion of the Sunpu Chaya, Omaha Sister Cities Association is planning an opening dedication ceremony Friday, May 6th at 4pm which will…  Read more »

OSCA Attends Meeting With Japanese Delegation to Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 14, 2016

OSCA representatives attended a lunchtime meeting yesterday to discuss how Nebraska’s cattle farmers could benefit immensely from the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Ken Shimanouchi, a former ambassador who now works as an adviser to Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.  The meeting was held at  the Thompson Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  In…  Read more »