The city of Marysville will roll out the welcome mat over the next few days for a delegation from Yorii-machi, Japan, that will be in town Dec. 1-4.
Residents are invited to attend a reception for the visitors at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Marysville City Hall. Following the reception, Yorii-machi Mayor Makoto Shimada and Marysville Mayor John Gore will sign a "Friendship Declaration" declaring a sister-city relationship.
While in Marysville, the Japanese delegation will tour city facilities, local businesses and the school district to learn more about the community.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Marysville High School Swingers Unlimited show choir, the Marysville Middle School Choir and the State Street Performing Arts Center Tap Group will perform, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Marysville High School auditorium. There is no charge to attend the performance and the public is welcome to attend.
From 7 to 8 p.m., the Yorii-machi delegation is scheduled to attend the Marysville High School girls basketball game against Hilliard Darby High School. Tickets for the game cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.
The visit is a result of a trip Gore and Union County Economic Development Partnership Director Eric Phillips took to Japan in September as part of a Columbus 2020 delegation that attended a Midwest U.S. Japan Association conference regarding business retention and expansion.
Gore and Phillips met with representatives of businesses that also are employers in Union County and with other potential employers. They also visited the city of Yorii-machi and spoke to school children there about a possible exchange program with Marysville students.
The city of Yorii-machi, population 37,000, is home to a new Honda facility.