Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:11
Michiyo Fujimori and Hiroko Tokai are members of the Himeji Soroptimist Club, and Alice Wells of Phoenix, an educator and chair of Soroptimist Clubs in Arizona, twice visited Michiyo in Japan. This year Michiyo and Hiroko traveled to Phoenix to participate in a Soroptimist fundraiser February 23, and during their Phoenix stay they visited the Through Each Others Eyes anniversary exhibit at Phoenix City Hall.
Michiyo is a photographer and married to Hisayoshi Fujimori, a member of the Himeji International Photographic Society which has worked with the photographers of Through Each Others Eyes™ for the past 25 years. When Janice Marshall and Francie Rink traveled to Himeji in 1994 with a TEOE delegation, they were hosted on many activities by Michiyo and her husband.
Errol Zimmerman is the president of Through Each Others Eyes™ and has visited Himeji more than 20 times.
Through Each Others Eyes™ held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with Phoenix’ sister city of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers of Through Each Others Eyes™ have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
Exhibits of photographs are held in Arizona and the cities abroad, and more than two million people worldwide have attended TEOE exhibits.
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00
The Arizona Matsuri celebrated a successful 30th year anniversary this past weekend!
Saturday, 16 March 2013 15:31
The Phoenix Sister Cities Himeji Committee manned the soda and water booth at Matsuri.
There were spectacular demonstrations of how to make Mochi/Omochi, which was the theme of the festival.
Many festival-goers enjoyed the freshly made mochi.
Many people participated in Cosplay at Matsuri.
The festival featured many Taiko drum performances by organizations such as All Arizona Taiko Team, Phoenix Taiko Kai, Saboten Taiko, Shojin Taiko, and many others.
The festival also featured many martial arts demonstrations from organizations such as Ryushinkan Dojo, Kinshin Dojo, and many others.
Many people came to participate in the traditional Matsuri parade.
from left to right: Kelly Moeur, Honorable Consul General of Japan; Paula West, Executive Director of Phoenix Sister Cities; Consul General Jun Niimi, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles; Masako Takiguchi; David Cavazos, City Manager of Phoenix
Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos and Consul General Jun Niimi, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, exchange gifts as a sign of the good relations between Phoenix and Himeji.