Commemoration Ceremony to mark 35 years of the Kawasaki stone lantern located by the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbor
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Location: Baltimore Inner Harbor promenade, Rash Field, near the Maryland Science Center
The Kawasaki Stone Lantern is a gift donated to Baltimore by its sister city of Kawasaki, Japan. It was installed with much fanfare 35 years ago in June 1984 in the Inner Harbor when Mayor William Donald Schaeffer welcomed a delegation from japan and presided over city-wide festivities.
Learn about the lantern’s history, why it is a masterful example of Japan’s Kasuga style, and the upcoming plans for its relocation.
Ceremony will include speeches, procession, lantern lighting, and Japanese drumming and dance performances. Program includes:
- Taiko Drumming Salute
- Welcome by Co-Chairs of Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee
- Messages sent from Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young and Kawasaki Mayor Fukuda
- Remarks from reps from Waterfront Partnership and Public Arts Exchange; Councilman Ryan Dorsey; Bob Buker; Maryland Cherry Princess
- Ceremonial Lantern Lighting
- Japanese Festival Dance by Satoko Kajima Best
- Taiko Drumming Finale
Organized by Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee.