Tomhisa Taue, the mayor of Nagasaki, Japan, is in St. Paul this weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the two cities.
One of the events on his schedule is Saturday’s St. Paul Saints game at the new Lowertown stadium, where he’ll be joined by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in a pre-game event that may not be as memorable as some of the Saints’ antics, but does have the distinction of being a transPacific toss, of sorts. Taue will throw out the first pitch and Coleman will catch it.
Nagasaki, the second Japanese city to be decimated by an atomic bomb at the end of World War II, because St. Paul’s first sister city in 1955.
Taue and a Nagasaki delegation will attend several events here, including the Saturday morning opening at Landmark Center of “From War to Reconciliation: Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition,” presented by the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims.
The group also will attend a Friday night Native American Pipe Ceremony on Friday at City Hall, and a visit to Como Park’s Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival Sunday.
Coleman visited Nagasaki in 2008 and plans to return this fall.