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Washington, Hyogo mark the big 5-Oh

Inslee and Ido finish the planting of a tree to mark the sister state anniversary.

OLYMPIA – Leaders of Washington state and Japan’s Hyogo prefecture marked the oldest “sister-state” relationship in either country by making speeches, planting a tree and feasting on smoked salmon and barbecue.

The link between the two regions Washington and Hyogo marked its half-century this summer since that relationship started.

“These ties are as important now as they were then,” Gov. Jay Inslee told a Senate chamber where the floor and the galleries were filled with local residents and visitors from Japan. . .

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Preparing for a feast

A member of the Chehalis tribe cooks king salmon over an open fire near the Capitol.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and Hyogo Prefecture Gov. Toshizo Ido had Kobe beef for lunch at the Executive Mansion. But food to be served after a mid-afternoon ceremony might have more of a cowboys and Indians motif.

Or maybe Puget Sound Native Americans and cattlemen.

Members of the Chehalis Tribe have been smoking king salmon all day in the lot south of the Capitol. In the early afternoon, the cattlemen arrived with large bags of charcoal and grills to cook up some beef.

The smell of cooking food, wafting all over the Capitol campus, is going to make it hard to get much work done this afternoon, Inslee said as he passed the salmon.

Washington has 50-year-old ‘sister’

Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi greet Hyogo Prefecture Gov. Toshizo Ido at a ceremony marking the sister state relationship between the two areas.

OLYMPIA — Washington state officials will mark the 50th anniversary of a relationship with Japan's Hyogo prefecture with some pomp and circumstance around the capital today.

Gov. Jay Inslee will welcome Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido and members of the prefecture's assembly at the Temple of Justice this morning, and the two chief's of state will have lunch at the governor's mansion at noon while various business, education and cultural groups will have seminars around the Capitol Campus. They'll renew the sister-state relationship with a signilng ceremony  in the Senate Chambers, then attend a reception with food and entertainment from both locales.

Spokane's sister city, Nishinomiya, is located in Hyogo prefecture. So which came first, the sister city or the sister state?

The relationship between Nishinomiya and Spokane predates the Washington-Hyogo relationship by a couple years.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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