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Painting the Torii Gate in Celebration of Oakland’s Sister City Relationship with Fukuoka, Japan

 Painting the Torii Gate in Celebration of Oakland’s Sister City Relationship with Fukuoka, Japan

First, a quick history lesson…

In 1956, President Eisenhower established the People-to-People Program, believing that long-term peace was better achieved and preserved by connecting citizens, not just governments and officials. He envisioned people corresponding with each other, finding common ground, and fostering unity, beginning with one city being united with a “sister city” from another country, based on foundational similarities.

In 1962, Oakland California was officially paired with Fukuoka, Japan.

Fast forward a bit to 1969, and Oakland was given the original Torii Gate as a gift from Fukuoka in celebration of their seventh anniversary of connection.

Unfortunately, as the years marched on the gate fell into disrepair. That is, until 2002 when a highly-skilled Japanese craftsman rebuilt the gate, which was then unveiled with the help of a 65-person delegation from Japan.

And that brings us to today. 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of our “sister city” pairing, and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association is planning a major celebration.

Repainting the Torii Gate in Oakland

Looking back on all this rich history, it’s amazing to see how MB Jessee Painting clicks into the narrative in this new chapter. When we heard about the upcoming celebration, and also that the gate was in need of a fresh coat of paint, we quickly offered to donate our skill and services. What an incredible opportunity! And what an honor to help care for such a significant landmark, built with skill and gifted to our city.

Here are a few photos of our team at work on the transformation, and a photo from a Piedmont Post story written about the gate and our involvement.

 Painting the Torii Gate in Celebration of Oakland’s Sister City Relationship with Fukuoka, Japan
 Painting the Torii Gate in Celebration of Oakland’s Sister City Relationship with Fukuoka, Japan
 Painting the Torii Gate in Celebration of Oakland’s Sister City Relationship with Fukuoka, Japan

Would you like to learn more about the Torii Gate and our Sister City?

Start here, at the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association. You may also want to take a look at their Facebook page for current events and updates.

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