Saki Nakamiya (left), Saitaro Kinoshita and Aya Kouzuma from Jonan Junior High in Saiki City perform kendo.
Saki Nakamiya (left), Saitaro Kinoshita and Aya Kouzuma from Jonan Junior High in Saiki City perform kendo.

Japanese visitors welcomed to city

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT WAS all Japanese to most, but everyone applauded the gesture of Roger Atkins as he welcomed a group of special visitors to Gladstone yesterday.

The Toolooa State High School principal struggled through his speech, which was written in Japanese, while the students from Saiki City had a similar experience repaying the sentiment in English.

However, the visitors had no problems showing off their skills in a traditional Kendo (wooden sword) performance. The students are in the Gladstone region for a week, visiting schools as well as tourist spots.

Toolooa exchange co-ordinator Julie Charles said each year Gladstone and Saiki City exchanged students.

'Last year we had a number of students who had headed over to Japan, for this exchange program, and we now welcome them here to our school this year,' Julie said.

"Jonan Junior High is Toolooa's sister school, however we do have two students from Minimi Junior High and Genyo Junior High, that have also joined the program.'



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