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Japanese Students Reinforce Bonds of Friendship with Fairbanks Visit


Lathrop High School will host 28 special visitors from Japan this week as part of the Kizuna Project, a cultural exchange administered by the government of Japan that began in July 2012.

As part of the project, 23 Lathrop High School students, along with others from across the United States, previously traveled to Japan and toured different regions of the country including Tokyo, Kyoto and northern Miyagi prefecture that suffered immense damage from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The word Kizuna translates to “bonds of friendship” or “connections between people”– a sentiment the Japanese students will certainly reinforce with their reciprocal visit.

The Kizuna Project aims to promote international understanding of the revival efforts in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, known as the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In total, 12,000 youth from 41 different countries will participate in the ongoing cultural exchange.

The visitors from Japan will arrive in Fairbanks on Thursday, March 21 and will attend events at Lathrop High School and in the community on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.

See event schedule below.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 | Lathrop High School 9 am – Noon: Presentations and Potluck in the Lathrop library Attendees include host families and special guests from the Fairbanks Japanese community.

For more information contact: Kanji Nagaoka, Japanese Teacher, Lathrop High School, kanji.nagaoka@k12northstar.org, (907) 456-7794 ext. 17155, Peggy Carlson, Executive Director of Curriculum, peggy.carlson@k12northstar.org, (907) 452-2000 ext. 11423 .

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