The plans for the 24th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Independence just keep getting bigger.

The plans for the 24th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Independence just keep getting bigger.


The Japanese Sister City Committee has announced that Consul General OKAMURA Yoshifumi will appear at the May 6 festival at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center.


Consul General Okamura will present an official commendation to Independence Mayor Don Reimal and the Japanese Sister City Committee from the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba.


Okamura will make his presentation in the Powerhouse Theatre inside the Sermon Center at 11:30 a.m. May 6.


“It is a great honor for me to be able to work as the Consul General in Chicago. I look forward to working with the people in the Midwest,” he said in a news release. “The international community faces a great number of global concerns. Close discussions and cooperation between Japan and the U.S. are vital not only for our two nations, but for the world.”


The event, which celebrates the city’s long-standing sister city relationship with Higashimurayama, Japan, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. Admission is $2, and proceeds go toward the summer student exchange. Visit www.indepmo.org/sistercity for more information.