Japanese Azumaya Dedication Ceremony
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 the parapet. Dimensional lumber, bamboo, cedar shingles, and roof sheathing along with other materials complete the structure.
The dedication was enhanced by the presence of The Honorable William D. Sessoms, Jr., Mayor, and Chairman of 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.