New Orleans and Matsue Celebrate 20 Years of Friendship

A delegation of New Orleans dignitaries traveled to our sister city, Matsue, Japan, late last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our “sister city” relationship.  The first picture below is a panorama of Matsue.  The city declared it to be “New Orleans Day” and delighted our delegation with a Mardi Gras parade, as well as a musical performance afterward.

The delegation included many high-level dignitaries, including our board member Donna Fraiche.  Donna is also the honorary consul-general of Japan for the City of New Orleans.  She is shown here presenting a certificate of appreciation from the Japanese Garden Foundation of New Orleans to the Mayor of Matsue, and also at a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening an exhibition of historic New Orleans photographs.  The last picture is a closeup of the certificate itself, which confirms our gratitude to Matsue for the continuing support they have given our garden over the years.

These final pictures show the entire delegation both at the New Orleans exhibit, and also at the 20th anniversary celebration, hosted by Matsue.  Our delegation was pleased to be able to renew acquaintance with Bon Koizumi the great grandson of Yakumo Koizumi (Lafcadio Hearn) for whom our garden is named.