Victoria-Morioka 30th Anniversary Celebration of Sister Cities

Victoria-Morioka30th Anniversary Celebration of Sister Cities
May 16th to May 19th 2015
Victoria, Canada & Morioka, Japan

To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the twinning of our Cities, our
friends from Morioka are coming to Victoria.

Invitation to Three Events:

Welcome our visitors from Morioka when they arrive!

When – Saturday May 16th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where Hotel Grand Pacific on Belleville Street
No Cost

Join our celebration reception on Sunday evening.

When – Sunday May 17th, 2015, 6 to 8:00 pm.
Where – Hotel Grand Pacific
Price $ 75.00 per person on Belleville Street
(Price includes appetizers, beer or wine, and non-alcoholic beverages)
Special Entertainment includes Miss Misaki Usuzawa

Misaki is an 18 year old Japanese folk singer from Ootsuchi, an area in Iwate
Prefecture close to Morioka that suffered serious damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

Join us for the Bell of Friendship Ceremony (30th Anniversary)

When – Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 8:30AM
Where – Centennial Park, Victoria Inner Harbour
(Located off Belleville Street between Admirals Hotel & Laurel Point Inn)

If you plan on attending, RSVP to
Bill McCreadie at

#300 – 818 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2B6
Phone (250) 388-7043 Fax (250) 388-7501
Email –

Some of the highlights from previous anniversaries include:

1985 (Beginning): Matching monuments erected in Victoria (along Dallas Road) and Morioka (in Iwate Park) to dedicate the sister city relationship).

1990 (5th): Azumaya erected along the sea well, near Laurel Point, in Victoria


1995 (10th): Native Totem Pole erected in Morioka, in Iwate Park

2000 (15th): Victoria – Morioka Friendship Clock installed on the tower of the Tourist Information Centre in downtown Victoria


2005 (20th): Dr. Inazo Nitobe Memorial Garden constructed at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC


2010 (25th): Victoria-Morioka Mural, a joint project with the Creative Peace Mural Society, constructed in Victoria & Morioka, and donated to City of Morioka.


2015 (30th):  Friendship Bell, a gift from Morioka, to be unveiled in Victoria (on Tues., May 19th)