Sister city representatives to visit Leavenworth

Last month, Leavenworth was visited by two ambassadors from the sister city of Wagga Wagga, Australia.
This week, there will be a visit from representatives of Leavenworth’s other sister city, Omihachiman, Japan.
Twenty-one people from the sister city are scheduled to visit Leavenworth. The group will arrive Thursday afternoon and depart the next day, according to Kristi Lee, manager of the Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Prior to becoming sister cities, Leavenworth and Omihachiman had a connection through William Merrell Vories.
Vories was born in Leavenworth in 1880. In 1905, he traveled to Omihachiman as a missionary. He established the Omi-Brotherhood Society to promote the Christian gospel to people in Japan. He also formed various companies including an architectural firm that designed more than 2,000 western-style houses in Japan, China and Korea, according to information on the city of Leavenworth website.

(Read more: Leavenworth Times)