Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society

Asakusa, Tokyo

Latest News - Report on the May 2017 Trip to Ikeda, Japan

We are very pleased to announce that the May 2017 Penticton-Ikeda Sister City trip to Ikeda, Japan was huge success. Nine delegates, including Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, participated on the 7 day trip.

The visit started in Tokyo (2 nights) where we stayed in the nation's capital and visited Asakusa (Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street), Tokyo Skytree (stunning view of Tokyo from 350 meters high in the sky) and Shibuya (popular shopping and entertainment district).

Our 4 day visit to Ikeda was packed full of events. Day One - Ikeda Town Hall, Wine Research Center, Wine Castle, Welcoming Lunch, Welcoming Dinner.

Day Two: Ikeda Museum, Ikeda Elementary School, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Ikeda Shinto Shrine, Ikeda Buddhist Temple, Memorial Bench Unveiling, Welcoming Reception

Day Three: Lake Akan, Ainu Village and Performance (Aboriginal people of Japan), Private Home Visits

Day Four: Makibanoie Viewpoint, Sheep Dog Training, Manabe Garden, Banei Horse Racing, Farewell Dinner

Before our flight back to Tokyo: Rokkatei Nakasatsunai Art Village, Ikeda, Japan

It was a chance to renew old friendships and make new friends with our wonderful and hospitable Japanese hosts. For more information about our society (open to everyone) and future exchanges, please message us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PentictonIkeda/) or email us at:

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 commemorative 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 ongoing 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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