The Emperor of Japan turned 79 in December. Our major ties to Japan are through Obihiro, our sister city. In lieu of our up-coming gift to Obihiro of a mural, a delegation from Seward attended the birthday celebration in Anchorage, hosted by the Japanese Consulate, Mr. Funiama (pictured). The master artist for the mural, Justine Pechusal, also enjoyed the event, as did City Manager, Jim Hunt and Willard Dunham.
Submitted by Dot Bardarson