Miyazaki City Celebrates 90th Anniversary

A Delegation led by SCAVB President, Ruth Fraser and Sister Cities City Council Liaison, Councilman James Wood, accepted Miyazki’s invitation to celebrate their 90th Anniversary in May, 2014.  Delegates were treated to a myriad of activites and tours as well as the main celebration.

Following the celebrations in Miyazaki, the delegation continued on to Olongapo, Philippines to strengthen ties with this “Friendship City”.


SCAVB has been honored with the 2013 “Best Overall Program Award” for cities in the 300,000-500,000 population range by  Sister Cities International.

This award recognizes the outstanding Celebration of Virginia Beach’s 50th Birthday by SCAVB that involved Mayors, Chief Executives and official delegates from North Down Borough, Northern Ireland, Miyazaki City, Japan, Moss, Norway and two potential new Sister Cities, Olongapo, Philippines and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The event included business and economic summits, tree plantings, dedications at Miyazaki Gardens, youth activities and a Gala Evening of dance and music representative of each Country.  SCAVB was privileged to have Moss, Norway’s ladies vocal group, VOCALIS, perform also.

SCAVB is very proud of this Award, the second time it has been received by Virginia Beach; the first being for the 40th Birthday Celebration.

SCAVB President, Ruth Fraser and Vice President Carolyn Garrett will receive the award on behalf of the Association at the SCI International Conference in San Jose, California.


Tallwood High School’s Global Studies Department, under the leadership of SCAVB Secretary/Treasurer, Rebecca Gurley is sponsoring both inbound and outbound exchanges across the world.  Most notably, with Virginia Beach’s Sister City of Moss, Norway where students will attend the International Youth Peace Conference August 12-16, 2014.  Students also traveled to our Sister City in Northern Ireland, April 4-12, 2014 and then will host a group in Virginia Beach in September.  On March 17-31, 2014 they hosted students from our Friendship City of Olongapo, Philippines.

SCAVB will help defray travel expenses for the Moss, Norway trip by contributing $100 per student toward airfare.


On July 25, 2012, a ribbon cutting was held at Red Wing Park to dedicate the Azumaya, patterned after a simple style house of eastern Japan.  It is a setting for contemplation, meditation and reflection.  Built in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cityhood of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, the Azumaya was completed in March 2012.  

The Miyazaki Garden at Red Wing Park is a unique setting; which is open to the public year round.  The Azumaya anchors the rear entrance of the park and features flagstone flooring and walls made of parapet.  Dimensional lumber, bamboo, cedar shingles and roof sheating along with other materials complete the structure.

The dedication was enhanced by the presence of  The Honorable William D. Sessoms, Jr., Mayor and Chairmanof the Board Mrs. Ruth Hodges Fraser, President, Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach, Mr. Tatsuya Ishida, President, Miyazaki Sister Cities and Dr. Hiroyuki Hamada, Chair, Japan Cultural Education Center.


SCAVB members participated in the 2011 Neptune Festival Parade. This effort, led by Kim Baylor, is a first for the Association and was a great way to let citizens and visitors know about Virginia Beach’s Sister City affiliations. A great time was reported by all the “floaters”. A special thanks to the members, friends and family who helped to decorate the float which was donated by the Neptune Festival.