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Friday, July 13, 2012

City by Danube to honor poet with walkway


YAMAGATA — A walkway commemorating a Japanese poet is set to be unveiled along the Danube in the German city known as the river's source, according to officials from the poet's hometown in Yamagata Prefecture.

About 60 people will attend a ceremony Sunday to inaugurate the walkway in honor of Kaminoyama native Mokichi Saito (1882-1953) in the city of Donaueschingen, the officials said, adding the event had to be put back from last September due to the March 2011 disasters.

Kaminoyama's association of commerce and industry said the route covers a stretch that the poet walked along from his hotel to the river's source during a 1924 expedition.

Saito, who studied in Europe between 1922 and 1924, first trained in Vienna, where the Danube made him recall Yamagata's Mogami River, the Kaminoyama officials said.

After moving to Munich in April 1924, Saito set off in search of the Danube's source and wrote an essay on the trip while in Donaueschingen, they said.

Kaminoyama and Donaueschingen concluded a friendship agreement in March 1995, and the two cities have held various exchanges ever since.

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