Governor Mike Pence has officially begun his first trade mission to Japan by travelling to Indiana’s sister-state, the Tochigi Prefecture and meeting Governor Tomikazu Fukuda.
While there, Pence announced a plan to establish a Japan Center and Gardens in Indiana. The project will provide a culturally appropriate venue for events involving Japan, gardens and nature. The center will feature authentic Japanese design and will house JASI offices, serve as a community center and offering cultural events.
“The Japan Center and Gardens will symbolize the friendship between Indiana and Japan that has been cultivated, thrived and bloomed,” said Pence. “Upon its completion, I look forward to welcoming Hoosiers and visitors alike to this beautiful venue and promoting the history, tradition and strength of Indiana’s bond with Japan.”
“While the project is still in its early stages, the center promises to showcase the substantial commitment of Hoosiers to attract, welcome and partner with Japanese visitors in Indiana, and to enhance the cultural and economic cooperation between the state and Japan,” said Theresa Kulczak, executive director of JASI. “As both a learning center and quiet retreat, this will be one more shining beacon of Indiana’s vibrant, long-standing relationship with Japan.”