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2015 Visit by Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura from Nagasaki, Japan

posted Jun 1, 2015, 6:04 AM by Minnesota KiteSociety
The Minnesota Kite Society, in partnership with the Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee, is pleased to be hosting Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura from Nagasaki, Japan.  They are returning for the 60th anniversary of the Sister City Committee and will be demonstrating kite flying and will provide a kite making workshop.

Wednesday, June 3rd 1:45p - Greet at airport

It is Japanese custom to have a large group greet them at the airport on Wednesday, June 3rd.  They are arriving on Delta Flight 585 at approximately 1:45 pm.  Please contact Pam Hodges at (651) 230-1960 with the specific location of the gathering.

Thursday, June 4th at 1:00p - Kite preparation

On Thursday, June 4th, there will be kite preparation at Brunswick United Methodist Church in Crystal, MN from 1:00 until 3:00.  The address is Brunswick United Methodist Church, 6122 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55422 (map)

Friday, June 5th at 6:00p - Pot luck dinner with the Nakamura's

All are invited to a pot luck at Ken Wilkowski’s on Friday evening, June 5th at 6:00.  Please plan to attend this event and welcome our travelers!  Ken’s address is 3018 Idaho Avenue North in Crystal. Please let Ken know if you are attending. He can be reached by email at  cheapsheep2001@yahoo.com or by phone at 763 221-9274.

Saturday, June 6th at 9:00a - Cherry Tree Celebration at Como Park

Saturday will be filled with many activities.  We will begin with the Cherry Tree Celebration at Como Park at 9:00 am sponsored by the Sister City Committee.  The location will be near the Butterfly parking lot, which is on the far right side of this map:  http://www.comozooconservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ComoParkZooMap2013_outlined.pdf.  See the Sister City website for activities that will occur:  http://www.stpaulnagasaki.org/cherry-tree-celebration-and-kite-flying/.  You are encouraged to put up banners at this event.

Saturday, June 6th at 10:00a - Kite flying demonstration at Como Park

From the Cherry Tree Celebration location, we will all proceed to the kite flying demo area, which will take place beginning at 10:00 am.  Mr. Nakamura will bring 10 kites to add to the 50 kites the City of Saint Paul has received over the past years and fly the 60 kites to commemorate its partnership.  The location for the demonstration will be the northwest corner of Lexington Parkway and Como Avenue/Horton Avenue.

Saturday, June 6th - Lunch following the Kite flying demonstration at Ngon Bistro

You are invited to join us for lunch at Ngon Bistro, located at 799 University Avenue West in St. Paul.  Lunch will be around noon, following the kite flying demonstration.

Saturday, June 6th at 2:00p - Kite Making Workshop with the Nakamuras at Conway Rec Center in St. Paul

At 2:00, Mr. Nakamura will have a kite making workshop.  The event will be held at the Conway Rec Center from 2:00 until 4:00 pm located at 2090 Conway Street in St. Paul.  There will be 75 kites available to be made with a cost of $5.

Sunday, June 7th at noon - MKS Fun fly with the Nakamuras at Oak Land Jr. High School in Lake Elmo

On Sunday, June 7th, the Minnesota Kite Society will host a fun fly from noon until 4:00 at Oak Land Junior High School, 820 Manning Avenue North, Lake Elmo.

Monday, June 8th at 6:30p - Pot luck dinner with the Nakamuras

All are invited to attend a pot luck on Monday, June 8th at 6:30 pm.  JoAnn Blatchley, president of the Sister City Committee, will host the event.  Her address is 7432 West Shore Drive, Edina.

Wednesday, June 10th at 1:15p - Farewell at the airport

The Nakamura’s will leave on Wednesday, June 10th.  Again, a large group at the airport would be appreciated to send them off.  Their flight is Delta Flight 584, due to depart at 1:15 pm.  Contact Pam with a time and location.
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