Celebrate Virginia Beach’s “Sister City” 20-year relationship with Miyazaki City, Japan at the dedication of the Azumaya at Red Wing Park

10:30 am, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Red Wing Park’s Miyazaki Garden | 1398 General Booth Boulevard

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the Azumaya dedication ceremony at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) in Virginia Beach.  The Azumaya, a tea garden or pavilion of traditional Japanese design, is a place for contemplation, meditation, and reflection. It is located in the Miyazaki Garden within Red Wing Park for the public to enjoy without an admission cost.

The Azumaya is a 15-foot by 12-foot structure built according to the traditional Japanese Azumaya format. It was built in celebration of the 20th anniversary of our “Sister City” relationship with Miyazaki City, Japan. The Azumaya project was supported by a generous financial contribution from Miyazaki City to the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation provided the land and labor to develop the Azumaya.

The City of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, have benefitted from many fruitful grass-roots exchanges since the early 1980s. For the last 20 years, Miyazaki and Virginia Beach enjoyed exchanges in the promotion and development of community volunteerism and global citizen diplomacy. In 2007, Miyazaki’s eco-park Hagino Dai and Mount Trashmore Park officially became “Sister Parks.” In addition, through our Sister Cities relationship, Tallwood Elementary and Miyazaki Minami Elementary School became “Sister Schools.”

For more information about the Azumaya dedication ceremony at Red Wing Park, please contact Amy Woodson at awoodson@VBgov.com or (757) 385-0415. Details about our Sister Cities are available at www.VBgov.com/SisterCities or by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at (757) 385-4303.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community.  We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up for our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews.

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