Sister City to light up Lantern Parade during historic visit

Friday, 15 June 2018

Visitors from Lismore’s Sister City Yamato Takada, Japan will walk in the Lismore Lantern Parade next week for the first time in history.

The delegates are here to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Lismore and Yamato Takada, which began in 1963 and was the first ever Sister City relationship between Australia and Japan.

As well as formal ceremonies and meetings between dignitaries, this year the delegates will also join Lismore’s iconic lantern festival, carrying a six-foot lantern of their city mascot Miku Chan.

This anniversary will be the final official visit from long-serving Yamato Takada Mayor Masakatsu Yoshida, who has had a long and enduring relationship with Lismore.

“We are so thrilled that Mr Yoshida will get to experience our most magical night of the year and get a taste for what our community, culture and city is all about,” Sister City Advisory Panel Chairperson Neil Marks said.

“While we have had delegates visit many times, there is often a focus on seeing the natural wonders of the region and talking with business and community leaders. While we will still enjoy those activities, this year we really wanted the delegation to have some fun and see the Lismore community at its most creative and colourful best.

“The delegates will walk in the Lantern Parade with their own lantern proudly representing their city, enjoying music, lanterns and our city’s creative spirit, and then the following day they will get to be ‘Italian for the day’ at our annual Piazza in the Park event.

“It is certainly going to be an anniversary visit to remember.”

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