Machu Picchu Becomes “Sister City” with Otama, Japan


Machu Picchu has formally become a sister city with the town of Otoma, Japan. Otama is located in the Fukishima prefecture.

Finally, after years of searching and then finding a twin town, Machu Picchu has has paired with Otama, Japan.

Located in the Fukushima region of Japan, the small town of Otama has a big, and special place in the heart of Machu Picchu, Peru. In 1917, Japanese native of Otama, Yokichi Nouchi, moved to Peru and worked as a railroad employee installing paths to Machu Picchu. At 20 years of age, he began his life-long work supporting and contributing to tourism development in the region until his death in 1969.

So it is with this connection that the town of Otama was accepted as a twin town with Machu Picchu three years ago.

The Ambassador of Peru in Japan, Elard Escala, said that Machu Picchu had received many requests for twinning, given it’s status as a world heritage site, but they had found no connections with applicants, he said in the “Asahi” newspaper, reports El Comercio

Full Article Here: Machu Picchu pairs with twin town Otama, Japan – Peru this Week

©2015 Ben Gangloff

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