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Nuyzen students visit Forest Grove 'sister'

Visiting student Yu Funamoto shakes hands with his host family, Joseph and Kaylea Stoddard and their children.On Oct. 29, a delegation of 10 Japanese junior high and high school students and four adults arrived in Forest Grove as part of the sister-city agreement between local city officials and those in Nyuzen, Japan — a small, northeastern town of roughly 27,000 residents (around 5,000 more than Forest Grove).

While here, the delegation visited both Neil Armstrong Middle School and Forest Grove High School, toured the police and fire departments, took in the sights at the Fernhill Wetlands and at L-Bar-T Bison Ranch on Southwest Hiatt Road, sang to retirees at The Elms Retirement Community and decorated pumpkins.Students from Nuyzen, Japan, grab their luggage and head off for an evening with their Forest Grove host families.

According to City Recorder Anna Ruggles this year was special because along with the students and two adult chaperones, Nyuzen’s newly-elected mayor and another town official came along for the trip.

The two cities have sent visiting delegations every other year to share cultures and promote international understanding since December 1988.

This past summer, city officials from Forest Grove visited Nyuzen.

The student delegation departed Monday, Nov. 2.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax welcomes sister city students from Nuyzen, Japan, to town on Oct. 29.