WHAT: Mayor Ivy R. Taylor will utilize a point of personal privilege at City Council to welcome Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, where San Antonio’s sister city of Kumamoto is located. Mayor Taylor will present Kumamonwith an “Honorary Citizenship” to San Antonio during the Council visit.
Since debuting in 2010, Kumamon has lectured at Harvard, walked the red carpet at Cannes, appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, danced for the Japanese Emperor and this Thursday, he’ll meet our very own San Antonio Spurs Coyote!The Bank of Japan has estimated the economic impact of Kumamon-related products at $1.2 billion over the past two years.
WHO: -Mayor Taylor and City Council
– Kumamon, Mascot of KumamotoPrefecture
– San Antonio Spurs Coyote
– Mr. Yoshimasa Hashimoto, AssistantDeputy Director oftheBrand
– SiyonJin and WoonhakChung,artistsfromGwangju, Korea
WHEN: Thursday,Oct.22, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: City CouncilChambers
114 W. Commerce St.
MORE: The visit of Kumamon, the official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, is part of the ongoing cultural, educational and economic exchanges with San Antonio’s Japanese sister city Kumamoto, the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture. During his stay, Kumamon will visit the San Antonio Missions, board a river barge and even join the Spurs Coyote during City Council and a Spurs game.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)will host Kumamon on Friday, October 23, as part of their “Kumamoto Day,”and the Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA) is inviting the public to meet Kumamon at the Japanese Fall Festival, Akimatsuri, on Sunday, October 25, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Japanese Tea Garden.
In a second point of personal privilege, Mayor Taylor will recognize two visiting artists from San Antonio’s Korean sister city Gwangju, whose light and video installationswill be on display at this year’s Luminaria on Oct. 23 and 24.
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