Announcements: Monday, June 17, 2019
- CCSCC Board Meeting: Wednesday, July 3, 7 pm. Patacchia Room - City Hall.
26th Annual Senshu Marathon Photo 1
26th Annual Senshu Marathon Photo 2
Representing the Culver City Sister City Committee at the annual marathon exchange with our Japan Sister City, Kaizuka, Ricardo Galiano and Erin Okawa both set personal records in the challenging 26th Annual Senshu Marathon in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Galiano sped across the finish line in 3 hours and 21 minutes, at a pace of 7:42 minutes per mile. Erin, suffering from a hip injury, was close behind with a personal best 3 hours and 24 minutes. Each runner shattered their personal records by over five minutes, despite two large bridges which had to be traversed twice after mile 20. Mr. Galiano's comments one the race course itself, "This race tested me in ways I had never been tested before. Climbing those two monster bridges, twice, at the end of the race required every bit of ounce of energy and determination I had left."
Mr. Galiano and Ms. Okawa were representing CCSCC as part of the exchange. During the seven day visit to Kaizuka, Ricardo and Erin were hosted with the highest level of hospitality with City tours and home-stays. Tours included meeting the Kaizuka City Council, and dinner with Kaizuka Mayor Tatsuo Fujihara Ricardo and Erin were shown cultural highlights in the area including Nara, famous for its friendly deer and Kyoto, with its gorgeous landscape and shrines. "This trip was nothing short of extraordinary. The city of Kaizuka and its people's hospitality, kindness, and attention to detail was truly amazing. I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life," said Ricardo. Erin similarly recounted, "The country is so beautiful, and the people so kind. I had a wonderful time, and memories for a lifetime." As part of the pageantry of the marathon, a banquet was held the night before the marathon to encourage all the visiting marathon runners from other sister cities around the world who were invited by neighboring cities of Kaizuka. Erin, who was born in Japan and moved to America when she was four, was asked to give the "Runner's Speech." She spoke about carrying on the legacy started by her grandmother, who was a competitive runner in Japan, and thanked the many people involved in organizing the event and this exchange. The exchange is sponsored in Japan by the Kaizuka International Friendship Association (KAIFA) which works closely with CCSCC and Culver City's El Marino Elementary School and Japanese Language Magnet Programs.
Ricardo and Erin will be able to return the hospitality, as they host two Kaizuka runners for the upcoming LA Marathon on March 24th. CCSCC will be hosting several meet-and-greet events with the Japanese runners. Please visit the CCSCC Facebook page, their website at CulverCitySisterCityCommittee.org, and this paper for upcoming announcements.
The Culver City Sister City Committee's mission is to:
Cultivate and maintain relationships with our four sister cities; Kaizuka, Japan; Uruapan, Mexico; Iksan, South Korea; and Lethbridge, Canada.
Undertake community based programs that foster international and intercultural understanding with our sister cities.
Leverage our contacts to promote the interests of Culver City in tourism, education, the environment, humanitarian assistance, culture and art.
Vocalize our common values through inter-city governmental dialogue.
Encourage active and direct youth involvement at the elementary, middle and high school levels, through annual student exchanges.
Reach out with cultural, educational and commercial programs and exchanges of people, ideas and materials, within and between Culver City and our sister cities.
Create grass root level friendships with the citizens of our international counterparts, such as the annual exchange of marathon runners with Kaizuka, Japan.
Invest in our youths by showing them the beauty of a multicultural world and the benefits that can be achieved through international cooperation.
Teach people of all ages about the diverse communities that are our sister cities and show how we can help others, such as supporting two orphanages in Mexico.
Yearn to make the world a better place.
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Dear Culver City Sister City Committee members,
As you know, we have a group of wonderful volunteers on our CCSCC Board who donate their time, and energy, to continue delivering a wonderful program of Cultural Exchanges for the youths of Culver City. We could not have done it without you, our members!
In order to expand the activities of our visitors from our sister city of Iksan, S. Korea this coming summer, we would like to ask you to help us welcome our guests. We are asking for your generous donation of any amount, to help with the cost of hosting eight Korean students and three chaperones during their visit to Culver City. You can make a secure donation via our Gofundme campaign site and share the link with your friends and family.
We also have a Gofund me Campaign for Kaizuka, Japan. This program will raise money to defray the airfare costs for the families who are sending their kids to Kaizuka in July. Kaizuka Photo.
Let's make this exchange a memorable experience for our Korean guests and show them the hospitality of the people of Culver City.