Chiba, our Sister City

The City Library is excited to celebrate 50 years of partnership with our sister city, Chiba, Japan. Throughout November, the library will be hosting programs commemorating Japanese culture and heritage.

The modern idea of the sister city developed after WWII. U.S. President Eisenhower promoted the concept to foster cultural exchange and peaceful relationships between former enemies. The first sister city relationship, formed in 1955, was between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Nagasaki, Japan. Japan has been particularly active in creating sister city relationships with more than 1,700 connections with 65 different countries.

Chiba was formed around a castle, first built in 1126. In 1873, Chiba City became the political and economic centre of the newly created Chiba Prefecture. The city was largely destroyed in fires caused by air raids in 1945, but has rebuilt and flourished, officially becoming a City of Peace in 1989.


Origami workshop

Learn simple folds to create intricate designs and objects in this hands-on workshop with master paper folder, Yukiko Tosa. Thursday Nov. 21, 4 - 5 p.m. Registration required.

Japanese Way of Tea

Join Urasenke Tea Instructor, Yasuko Sokyo Takahashi, and see the ceremonial presentation of matcha (powdered green tea) while learning about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Friday Nov. 22, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Registration required.

It’s All in the Facts!

This program is the library’s weekly interactive learning experience for kids in kindergarten to Grade 3. Each week features a story, crafts, songs and games. All sessions are 7 – 7:45 p.m. in the children’s department. No registration required.

50 postcards for 50 years

Children and teens in the library are partnering with Shibu Maku, a middle and upper years school in Chiba, to do a postcard exchange. Postcards we receive from the school will be displayed throughout the library in November.

Decorating the library with origami

Yukiko Tosa and other artists from PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland) will be onsite to create beautiful works of art to display in the library.


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