Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society

Asakusa, Tokyo

Latest News - Invitation to Ikeda, Japan in May 2017!

The City of Ikeda, Japan has extended an open invitation to come to Japan and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Penticton and Ikeda, Japan. The celebration will be held next year (May 15-23, 2017). We estimate the trip should cost around $3,000 to $3,500 per person. This is an informal trip and everyone is responsible for their own flight reservations, travel insurance, and hotel booking. Our Sister City Society directors will be available to advise on travel arrangements and to answer any questions. We are hoping to host a return visit from the Japanese delegation to celebrate the 40th anniversary in 2017 or 2018. Anyone interested in participating in the celebration (open to everyone) may message us on Facebook ( or email us at:

July 20, 2016 Announcement: We are holding an Ikeda, Japan Trip orientation meeting on Wednesday, July 20 from 6pm to 8pm. Anyone who is interested or just curious about the upcoming May 2017 visit to Ikeda and Tokyo are very welcome to attend. Location: 954 Westminster Avenue East, Penticton (close to Middle Bench Road, corner of Westminster Avenue East and Macdonald Street). If you have any questions about the orientation meeting or the trip, please contact us at:

May 26, 2016 Announcement: We had a meeting with the Mayor of Penticton on May 26 and it is now official. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit will be joining us on our upcoming trip to Ikeda, Japan in May 2017!

Welcome to the Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society. Since our early days in 1977, we have grown to become one of the most active and successful sister city societies in Canada. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our society and our relationship with Ikeda which is located in the Nakagawa District of Tokachi in Hokkaido, Japan.

Book the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden, Penticton, BC, CanadaThe Penticton-Ikeda Japanese Garden can be booked for weddings or other events for a fee of $125.00. These bookings, sale of commenmorative rocks and donations are our only source of income. Garden fund donations will be forwarded to the City of Penticton which will issue a tax receipt. The City, in cooperation with the Sister City Society, is using the garden donations for the oingoing maintenance of the garden.

Join us!

The Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society encourages annual memberships, which are available to all interested people. Please join us in furthering the various projects between our two cities and countries. Our members regularly host our Ikeda visitors on a volunteer basis and membership and any other general funds we raise go almost exclusively to this cause. If you have any questions about the Sister City Society, please email us at:

News from the Past

Dinner Reception hosted by Consulate-General of Japan in VancouverJanuary 24, 2012: Consul General of Japan for Vancouver Visits Penticton

Mr. Hideki Ito, Consul General of Japan for Vancouver, together with Mr. Tetsuya Isono, Consul for Cultural Affairs, hosted a dinner reception at the Penticton Lakeside Resort for the sister city societies and town and city councils from Oliver, Summerland, and Penticton. In addition to the sister city representatives, the reception was attended by the Mayor of Oliver, the Mayor of Summerland and the Deputy Mayor of Penticton as well as their respective council members. The reception was a terrific opportunity for the sister city societies to meet the Japanese Consul General and Consul for Cultural Affairs and to also exchange ideas on how the sister city societies can improve their relations with their respective Japanese sister cities.
(Photo, Left to Right: Mayor of Oliver, Ron Hovanes; Deputy Mayor of Penticton, Andrew Jakubeit; Mr. Hideki Ito, Consul General of Japan for Vancouver; Mayor of Summerland, Janice Perrino; Lester Patrick, President of the Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society; Mr. Tetsuya Isono, Consul for Cultural Affairs; Atsuko Patrick, Director, Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society.

September 28 - October 2, 2011: Ikeda Delegation Visit
The Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society hosted the Ikeda-Penticton Sister City Society Delegation from September 28 to October 2. The visit was a big success and everyone had the chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends. The weather cooperated and the Ikeda Delegation was treated with clear, blue skies for (most of!) their visit to Penticton. Here is a summary of their schedule and here are photos and videos of the activities and parties - enjoy!

Japan Relief Fundraiser, Cherry Lane Mall, Penticton, BC

April 2, 2011: Earthquake & Tsunami Fundraiser
A Japan Disaster Relief Fundraiser was held at Cherry Lane Mall in Penticton on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The fundraiser was co-sponsored by the Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society and The Salvation Army Penticton, and more than 35 volunteers helped out during the day. Photos and information displays of the recent disaster lined the tables, and visitors had the unique opportunity of learning to make Japanese origami and trying their hand at Japanese calligraphy. There was also an enormous banner which visitors could sign offering their support and encouragement to the earthquake-tsunami survivors. The fundraiser was a huge success. The Salvation Army Penticton kettle took in $8,873.32 and together with an earlier donation of $340.00 the grand total of the Saturday fundraiser was $9,213.32. All proceeds were sent to The Salvation Army Japan’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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