Return of the Sword Ceremony

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in イベント, General | 0 comments

Return of the Sword Ceremony

Ceremony that Symbolizes Peace and Friendship
– Uniting Two Families, Two Cities and Two Countries –

On Saturday, September 21st, the “Return of the Sword” ceremony will be taken place at the Como Park.

Ninety-four year old World War II veteran, Orval Amdahl, of Lanesboro, 日米協会, will return a sword, kept for sixty eight years, to its original owner, the Motomura family of Nagasaki. Tadahiro Motomura will represent his father in receiving the sword. Captain Orval Armdahl arrived in Nagasaki in September 1945, with the Second Marine Division, one of the first military units to serve with the Occupation Forces in Japan. One day Capt. Amdahl walked into a warehouse and found a beautiful sword with a leather scabbard that he chose to take back to Minnesota. Over the years, Capt. Amdahl wondered who was the true owner of the sword. Contact was finally made with the Motomura family. Their ceremony on September 21st represents the uniting of two families in their desire to facilitate the return of a valued family and cultural treasure. In returning the sword, two families, and their communities are able to affirm the enduring ties of peace and reconciliation that exist between the peoples of Japan and the United States.


Date: Saturday, 9月 21, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Visitor Center, Second Floor Auditorium
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103
火: (651) 487-8201
***This event is free and open to the public.***
JASM is pleased to join the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) in welcoming all to this ceremony that embraces the ties between two families, two cities and two countries that share the legacy of the Pacific War and the blessing of Peace now and for future generations. For more information, please contact SPNSCC at

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