For SH Josai visitors, trip to Japan is following others’ (or retracing) steps


July 5, 2016

SWEET HOME students visit historic Asakusa District of Tokyo with some of their Japanese hosts. From left, the visitors are Quinn Dinsfriend, Allen Buzzard, Kat Kinker, Shih-Lin Shen (in foreground), Anakin Leyba, Shiloh Moore, Rose Wingo and Colby Montague. In the background is the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world.

Since its inception 34 years ago, the Sweet Home-Josai High School Exchange Program has offered the chance to learn about another culture and create bonds between people who may not have otherwise met.

“We were the guinea pigs,” said Allen Buzzard.

He and Dawn Barringer Waldrop participated in the first exchange in 1982.

The cooperative agreement between Josai University High School in Tokyo and Sweet Home High School, is a bi-annual exchange program that not only includes two-week summer exchange trips, but a year-round exchange in which Sweet Home hosts Josai students for the scho...

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