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Welcome Reception

Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration Opening Ceremony
Touro Park, Newport, Rhode Island 
Friday, July 12, 2019  
11:00am

The public is invited to attend the 36th Annual Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration Opening Ceremony at Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. This wreath laying ceremony will be in remembrance of Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, and his historic journey to Japan. In addition, the event will commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa which opened trade between Japan and the United States. This ceremony will be conducted by the Commodore Perry statue lead by Newport’s Mayor Jamie Bova with contributions by American and Japanese dignitaries. The US Navy Color Guard will be in attendance along with the Newport Artillery Company.

Opening Ceremony

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Arts & Cultural Festival

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Rhythm & Flame On The Beach

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Closing Ceremony

The Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration presented by the City of Newport will mark the 61st Anniversary of the twinning of sister cities Shimoda, Japan and Newport, Rhode Island. This series of cultural and memorial events are designed to commemorate the establishment of the friendly trade relations between the United States and Japan. The celebration honors the contributions of Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, who negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa between the United States and the Edo Period Shogunate in 1854. This historical event opened Japan to trade with the West and signified the beginning of Japanese-American relations.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED