In honor of its Sister City program with Anjo, Japan, Huntington Beach is hosting a Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday with all kinds of exotic foods and free family fun.
Huntington Beach High School junior Natalie Anzivino came up with the idea for a festival. After she served as a student ambassador, she realized the Sister City program suffered from a lack of awareness and funding. To get more information on this fascinating event, I asked Natalie a few questions.
Q: What first gave you the idea for the festival?
A: Last summer I represented Huntington Beach as a student ambassador to our Sister City in Anjo, Japan. The Sister City program changed my life.
Through my involvement, I got to share my city with students from the other side of the world and feel pride in all that my city has to offer, as well as experiencing firsthand living with a family from another culture. The Sister City program has fostered a relationship of reciprocal exchange between our two cities for over 30 years.