Japanese Visit

Japanese Visit
Posted on 09/18/2018
Japanese Visit

Nacogdoches will celebrate next month the 25-year anniversary of its long association with two Japanese communities.

Several events will take place to celebrate the relationship between the cities that first began in 1993 and has continued over the years between students of Nacogdoches ISD and Japan’s Kagoshima Ikueikan Junior High and Amami City Public Schools.

Amami City is on the north end of an island located southwest of the Japanese mainland. The city is about 225 miles northeast of Okinawa. Ikueikan is in Kagoshima City on the larger island of Kyushu.

Dignitaries from the two communities will be in Nacogdoches the week of Oct. 15. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, a cookout will be held downtown for all students, parents and NISD faculty along with officials from the city and Stephen F. Austin State University that has participated in the exchange program over the years. Those invited to the cookout also include families that have hosted students over the years.

Each fall, junior high students from the two Japanese schools visit Nacogdoches and spend time with their NISD counterparts from Mike Moses and McMichael middle schools. In May, students from McMichael and Mike Moses go to Japan for a visit.

Those interested in attending the cookout at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 16, can reserve a place by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-anniversary-celebration-of-nacogdochesamami-partnership-tickets-50192640539. The event is free but organizers need to know how many will attend.

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