Chichibu, Japan Sister City Delegation Visits Antioch

Dr. Sean Wright, President of the Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Organization and Chichibu Schools Superintendent Shinichi Maeno, center, and the rest of the Chichibu Sister City delegation are introduced at the Antioch Council meeting on July 24th.

By James Ott

Visitors from Antioch’s Sister City of Chichibu, Japan were presented at the July 24th City Council meeting. They were introduced by Antioch Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and President of the Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Organization, Dr. Sean Wright, who impressively remembered the names of each member of the delegation.

The delegates from Chichibu, led by School Superintendent Shinichi Maeno, stayed with host families in Antioch during their visit. They enjoyed a Chinese dinner at the Antioch Historical Society Museum, visited some local landmarks and enjoyed some shopping.

Chichibu has been Antioch’s Sister City since 1967 when the city council adopted Chichibu as part of the Sister Cities organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

As Mayor James Davis pointed out, Antioch and Chichibu share some geographic similarities. As Antioch borders the San Joaquin River, Chichibu borders the Arakawa River. And both cities have a mountain looming nearby: Antioch has Mount Diablo and Chichibu has Mount Buko.

The next group to visit Chichibu from Antioch will travel to Japan in August, 2013. For more information about the Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Organization, visit

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