A Shinto Shrine ritual was held at Campbell River’s Torii Gate in Sequoia Park on Thursday, July 6.
The ceremony was part of a visit to Campbell River by a delegation from Ishikari, Japan, which was here to renew the two cities’ twinning relationship on the occasion of that relationship’s 40th anniversary. The delegation met with Campbell River Mayor Kermit Dahl and signed an agreement to continue the sister city relationship which has seen cultural and business exchanges as well as youths from both communities participating in visits and learning exchanges over the past 40 years.
The Torii was a gift to Campbell River from Ishikari in 1993 to mark the 10th anniversary of the twinning relationship. At the same time, Campbell River gifted Ishkari a totem pole carved by the Henderson family of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation.