Kato Student Delegation Visit

The OKSCA is currently seeking families to host students from Kato August 18th – 27th. Please contact Addison Appleby at appadd04@gmail.com if you are interested and for more information.

Our Mission

The 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.

Japanese New Year Celebration: Oshogatsu in Olympia

Oshogatsu in Olympia 2013 was a huge success! A record number of visitors (nearly 3,000!) enjoyed traditional Japanese foods, live entertainment and cultural activities at this educational community outreach event. Check out these photos of event highlights and plan to attend our next celebration in January 2014.

Ethnic Diversity Day

This one day event takes place in the early part of the year and will be held at the Marcus Pavilion at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA for the first time in 2011. This event gives us an opportunity to promote the Sister City organization, display mementos, sometimes sell Japanese souvenirs, and recruit new…