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By Scott Swanson
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Josai ‘Sayonara Party’ caps very active two weeks of learning about Oregon


July 25, 2017

IAN WINGO, right, plays badminton with Japanese student visitors during the “Sayonora Picnic” that ended their stay in Sweet Home. Wingo himself went on a two-week exchange trip to Japan and, with his wife Nichole, has hosted students three times. Below are the visitors and their host families.

In a flurry of fans and some good old-fashioned picnic fun, Sweet Home’s summer Josai Exchange ended last week.

The 12-day visit wound up with with the traditional “Sayonara” picnic featuring a Japanese dance, akido martial arts demonstrations and something else typical – tears.

The 10 students from the Tokyo prep school, which also sends students to Sweet Home to stay through the school year, spent 12 days seeing everything from the ocean to the desert, according to coordinator Suzette Andersen.

“They got here and we hit the ground running,” she said. “We went shopping...

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