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Japanese Foreign Exchange Students Visit Miraleste

Ariana Grell, World News Editor

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Nineteen Japanese foreign exchange students visited to Miraleste from our sister school in Japan. Although they had already been in California for three days and had gone to downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland, the exchange students and their hosts were truly able to connect. My student, Yui Y., and I were able to connect over a love of crafting, jewelry making, baking, nature, music and art. Students from Sakura City become part of your family and are able to become a piece of your life in a very short amount of time.  My exchange student and I visited places such as Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Palos Verdes Interpretative Center, The Trump golf course, the Korean Friendship Bell, and even watched a container ship leave the Los Angeles port from a viewing point.

We also were able to paint, do some jewelry making, played music with my family’s keyboard, paper quilling, watched Harry Potter and Spirited Away (a Japanese animated film) and baked cookies. The performances presented by the Japanese students during the dinner on January 19th and on January 23rd during the assembly were beautiful and well directed and planned by the staff and students. It almost feels disgraceful to compare the Miraleste student performance on January 19th as it was average in comparison to the Sakura City students. The Miraleste performance included a Pokemon skit, an original rap, a dance by Caroline P., a dance including Arianna H.,  Cailyn C., Bella D., and my rendition of Riptide by Vance Joy. Of course the Miraleste talent portion had its own charm but was not as unique as Sakura City’s students. With many tears of the students of both schools it was sad to see them leave but we all wished them a safe return to Sakura City.

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