"We feel a real kinship with Salt Lake City," he said, "even though we are a castle town and you're a temple town."
In Japan, some ancient villages were built around a castle — like Matsumoto. Others, Nagano for example, were built around a temple. The man from Matsumoto had spent some time at Temple Square and saw there a familiar theme.
I mention this because I, too, now live in a temple town: Brigham City, Utah.