Buffalo-Kanazawa Sister City
290 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY
By Kristen Brandt
September 1, 2022
Help Support Buffalo-Kanazawa Sister City Friendship Mural
As a way to further promote
the bonds of friendship between Buffalo and its sister city, Kanazawa,
Japan, Debbie Kanarek (Japan Culture Center of WNY)
and her team are preparing to roll out a new 14′ x 38′ mural in Downtown Buffalo, designed by Kristin Brandt.
“The mural is for the 60th anniversary of the sister cities,” said Debbie. “Buffalo and Kanazawa were one of the first sister cities, and have been around since 1962. The mural represents that relationship.”
the Japan Culture Center of WNY does participate in the Cherry
Blossom Festival each year, the mural will help to
further raise awareness that Buffalo has close ties to
It was Debbie’s idea for the sister city “friendship” mural, which her organization readily embraced.
new mural – to be painted by artist Kristin Brandt – will be
a welcome addition to the downtown landscape. With the help
of a number of other seasoned artists, the public work of
art will be painted on the side of one of developer Roger
Trettel’s buildings at 290 Ellicott (the LifeStorage
building – near on
The significance of the design of the mural is of great interest. According to Debbie, the design of the kimono depicted in the mural is that of Mr Yuusui, whose daughter is a Broadway actress – she recently visited Buffalo when touring with .
“She brought postcards of her father’s work,” Debbie explained. “We felt that one of his kimono designs would be a good idea for the mural.”
1, 2022 Photos
Note Wildflowers for Buffalo mural at far left
Left: Scene from Kanazawa Center: The lantern in Delaware Park Right: Cherry blossom trees at Buffalo History Museum and Buffalo sculpture Japanese translation at bottom of the mural: "Buffalo and Kanazawa Sister Cities Since 1962"
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