Building Bridges of Friendship for Generations

Yashiro Japanese Garden Work Party

Wednesday, February 28
9:30am-12:00 pm

Winter is here, and so is the leaf litter. Join us as we rake and weed this hidden downtown gem. The park is located at 1010 Plum Street SE. Meet at the side entrance to the park. Parking is available at the Lee Creighton Justice Center, 900 Plum Street SE.

2017 Olympia Student Delegation

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Ten Thurston County area high school students traveled to Kato this summer. Thanks to Myrna Lance for coordinating our High School exchange program, and Junryo Miyashita & Brin Smith for chaperoning!

Next year high school students from Kato will be coming to Olympia.  If you are interested in being a host family or helping out in other ways, please let us know.

Order of the Rising Sun Awarded to Karen Fraser

On April 29, 2017, the Government of Japan announced that the Honorable Karen Fraser, former Washington State Senator, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of her contributions in furthering exchange between Japan and the United States by promoting Japanese culture in Washington State. (read more)

Our Mission

gold-iconThe Olympia-Kato Sister City Association (OKSCA) was incorporated as a non-profit in 1981. The mission of the OKSCA is to promote friendship and cultural exchanges between the citizens of the Olympia/Thurston County area and the city of Kato, Japan.

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