LETHBRIDGE: The city celebrated 10 years of twinning relations with a Japanese city this Tuesday. Dignitaries were on hand for a local ceremony to dedicate a Japanese drum, given to the city by the mayor of Towada City, Japan, which is Lethbridge's twin city.
The drum was first offered in 2004, and led to the formation of the first ever Taiko drumming group in Lethbridge, called "Kaze no Rhythm." And while the first visit to start a twinning arrangement happened in 2001, Towada City and Lethbridge officially entered a twinning agreement in 2002. According to the Lethbridge Twinning Society, the aim of the pairing is to "promote friendship, peace and understanding among people from different countries."
Consul General Susumu Fukuda of the Consulate General of Japan at Calgary attended the ceremony at City Hall, as did former Lethbridge mayor Bob Tarleck, who had an active role in supporting the Twinning Society during his time on council. Mayor Raijko Dodic was also on hand for the festivities - and even joined in a Taiko drum performance by Jodi Bartell and Matt Groenheide. Click play below to hear a sample of Bartell and Groenheide's drum skills.
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 at 3/11/2014 6:54:24 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photos by Country 95 News (top l to right) Susumu Fukuda and Raijko Dodic unveil the Japanese drum (bottom l to r) Raijko Dodic after his drum performance, Matt Groenheide applauds