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 »

Omaha – Naas Delegation Carry UNO Flag

April 2, 2016

The OSCA delegation to Naas and the 100th Anniversary of The Easter Rising Ireland Tour in Ireland are having a good time.  During the trip they have carried with them the UNO flag and have displayed it loyally in front of the Hotel Lawlors in Naas. The 13 day tour March 24 – April 6, 2016…  Read more »

Saulės Takas or “Path of the Sun” Undertaken at Lauritzen Gardens

February 24, 2016

In celebration of Omaha’s Sister City of Šiauliai, Lithuania, Lauritzen Gardens hosted a live demonstration of Lithuanian wood sculpture carving in August of 2015. Gifted and acclaimed folk artist and wood carver Aurimus Šimkus of Kurtuvėnai, Lithuania (located just outside of Omaha’s sister city – Šiauliai) carved a traditional totem – a depiction of Eglė…  Read more »

Marian High Grad Addie Curley Hired by Sister Cities International

January 29, 2016

  Congratulations to Addie Curley who has accepted a job at Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.  !!    Addie is a graduate of Marian High School in Omaha.From Addie: “This summer I will be a Youth Programs Intern in Sister Cities International’s Washington, DC office, under the guidance of the Membership Manager, Ted Carroll. The other Youth Intern and I…  Read more »

New Video about Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary and Sunpu Chaya

January 16, 2016

The Omaha Shizuoka International Exchange Organization recently created a video about the Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary featuring footage of delegation visits to Omaha and Shizuoka.   The video also shows details about the Sunpu Chaya wooden building which will be constructed by craftsmen from Shizuoka in Omaha in April at Lauritzen Gardens. The see the video, go…  Read more »

Summary of Shizuoka Anniversary by Mary D. Kane, CEO, Sister Cities International

December 31, 2015

This November I was extremely privileged to travel to Shizuoka, Japan along with an official delegation from their sister city Omaha, Nebraska. This partnership has a long, complicated, and exciting history, like many sister city partnerships. Fumiko and Masahiro Sone. A retired TV executive, Masahiro Sone was a child when Shizuoka was bombed by the…  Read more »

Omaha Commercial Service Representative Visits Braunschweig

December 22, 2015

Meredith Bond, US Commercial Service Representative in Omaha traveled to Germany in November to attend Agritechnica 2015, the world’s largest agricultural equipment trade show.  The U.S. Commercial Service sponsored the USA Pavilion where we had 4 Nebraska exhibitors:  Thurston BluJet, KZ Valve, Orthman and RAAFT.  More Nebraska exhibitors could be found in other halls including Lindsay,…  Read more »