Delegates from Hakusan City prepare to cut the ribbon on a new exhibit displaying photos and gifts sent from Hakusan City on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. The gifts are given in a formal exchange between Columbia and Hakusan City with each delegation visit.
Columbia shares connections with many international cities, including its sister city of Hakusan City in Japan.
City officials welcomed delegates this week from Columbia’s sister city Hakusan City in Japan. The visit commemorated the 25th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Chairman Fukuda Hiroshi each gave a speech renewing the commitment between the two cities and exchanged gifts from each locality.