Last month, Leavenworth was visited by two ambassadors from the sister city of Wagga Wagga, Australia.

This week, there will be a visit from representatives of Leavenworth's other sister city, Omihachiman, Japan.

Last month, Leavenworth was visited by two ambassadors from the sister city of Wagga Wagga, Australia.

This week, there will be a visit from representatives of Leavenworth’s other sister city, Omihachiman, Japan.

Twenty-one people from the sister city are scheduled to visit Leavenworth. The group will arrive Thursday afternoon and depart the next day, according to Kristi Lee, manager of the Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Prior to becoming sister cities, Leavenworth and Omihachiman had a connection through William Merrell Vories.

Vories was born in Leavenworth in 1880. In 1905, he traveled to Omihachiman as a missionary. He established the Omi-Brotherhood Society to promote the Christian gospel to people in Japan. He also formed various companies including an architectural firm that designed more than 2,000 western-style houses in Japan, China and Korea, according to information on the city of Leavenworth website.

Leavenworth and Omihachiman officially became sister cities in 1997.

Omihachiman is sometimes referred to as Leavenworth’s brother city.

During their visit to Leavenworth, the group from Omihachiman will stop at the home where Vories was born, Lee said.

The group also will take a tour of the city.

“They are going to go on a historic tour,” Lee said.

The group will visit sites that may have existed during Vories’ youth.

They also will visit the cherry trees located along Esplanade Street. Cherry trees were planted at that location as a gift from Omihachiman. City officials have since added to the number of the trees.

The group also will visit Fort Leavenworth. And they will have the opportunity to shop in downtown Leavenworth.

City officials are planning a reception for the group Thursday evening. And a final event is planned for Friday afternoon at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum.

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