The Encinitas Library honored its sister city Amakusa, Japan recently at the 5th Annual Japan Festival. A member of Sister Cities International, an organization whose goal is to promote friendship and respect among the world’s nations by developing relationships between cities, Encinitas has maintained a close relationship with the city of Amakusa since 1988.

Cultural performers and demonstrations featuring Shokenji Taiko of Vista Buddhist Temple, Greater San Diego Origami Group, and USA Sumo were some of the exciting, cultural highlights of the day. The festival is made possible by the generosity and support of the Friends of the Encinitas Library.