Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society
The Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society is a volunteer organization which promotes Japanese cultural activities and events, and coordinates the exchange of visits between Penticton and the town of Ikeda located in the Nakagawa District of Tokachi in Hokkaido, Japan. This exchange between Penticton and Ikeda has been in operation since 1977 and it is one of the oldest and most successful sister city relationships in Canada. During its long relationship, Sister City delegations have visited Ikeda and other parts of Japan on numerous occasions. In addition, the idea of building a Japanese garden in Penticton was first introduced in 1993 and early construction began in 1997. The Penticton-Ikeda Japanese Garden is a spectacular garden, symbolizing the warm and enduring ties between the people of Penticton and Ikeda.
Japanese Cultural Events
The Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society participated in this year’s “One World Festival” held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on February 23, 2019. It was a huge success and we look forward to participating again next year. Thank you to our hard-working volunteers who manned the booth and taught our visitors all about Japanese origami, Japanese yukatas, and sold beautiful Japanese souvenirs to help raise funds for our society. A big “Thank You!” you to the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services for organizing and hosting such a wonderful and worthwhile event!
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.
Our fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31 each year, and our membership fees are as follows:
$25.00 per Family
$15.00 per Individual
Donations to the Penticton-Ikeda Sister City Society and the Penticton-Ikeda Japanese Garden are also welcome. The 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.