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History of the Concord Ambassadors

  The Concord Ambassadors was founded in October of  1974 as a  result of two cable TV executives meeting at a  conference and  becoming friends. Court Kirkeeng of Concord  and Dr. Zenji Katagata of  Kitakami persuaded their city  leaders to approve the relationship and  enlisted the help of  other citizens to make the partnership work.

  Official Exchanges: For each five year anniversary of the  relationship  there has been a delegation visiting the sister city  led by the Mayor  and city officials, Ambassador members  and interested citizens. The  two cities alternate the five-year  official visits.  For some highlights of  the 30th Anniversary  celebration in 2004 see the City of Concord  web page  Kitakami 2004.  See the Photo Gallery below for additonal  photos from various visits.

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View our Video Presentation
to the Concord City Council - October 13, 2008
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         Japan - America Grass Roots Summit page here

Other Exchanges:
In January 2001, nineteen students from Kitakami, from 5 to 16 years of age came with their parents, to stage a full production of the "Wizard of Oz" in English. The Concord Ambassadors arranged for more than 15 local families to welcome these visitors into their homes.  This impressive presentation and homestays widened the circle of friendship between our cities.

These exchanges increase our understanding of the culture and  history of each country and create the opportunity for     developing  lasting friendships.


In August of 2003, six certified "Young Ambassadors" along with  representatives from the Concord Ambassadors visited Kitakami. We were welcomed into the homes of our Kitakami friends and  participated in the summer kendo classes at the local high school.


The Concord Ambassadors welcome members who are  interested in  the Japanese culture and desire to support an international exchange  between the Sister Cities of Kitakami and Concord

The hospitality is gracious, and the memories will last a lifetime. Friendships continue to strengthen through e-mail, telephone and additional international visits.

 1975 - Visit to Kitakami Celebrating the Establishment of the Sister City Program
 Concord Mayor Richard LaPointe with Kitakami Mayor Goro Saito 

- 20th Anniversary Visit to Concord
 Concord Mayor Mike Pastrick and Former Mayor Dan Helix with Kitakami Mayor Moriyoshi Takahashi
 Mayor Takahashi and Kitakami Chamber of Commerce President  Akira Ito
 1999 - 25th Anniversary Visit to Kitakami                  
 Concord Mayor Mike Pastrick
 with Kitakami Mayor Akira Ito

 2004 - 30th Anniversary Visit to Concord          
 Kitakami Mayor Akira Ito

 2009 - 35th Anniversary Visit to Kitakami

 Former Concord Mayor Mike Pastrick
 Sister City Founder Zenji Katagata
 Kitakami Mayor Akira Ito

 April 27, 2011 - Kitakami City Hall
 Newly Elected Mayor Toshihiko Takahashi with
 Retiring Mayor Akira Ito