Newport Beach Sister City delegation spreads international joy

As part of the 40th sister city anniversary celebration between Newport Beach and Okazaki, Japan, a delegation of five students and two chaperones from Newport Beach traveled Monday, June 17 to Japan as part of the Wendell Fish Exchange Program, sponsored by the Newport Beach Sister City Association and the Newport Balboa Rotary Club.

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Courtesy of NB Sister Cities

The delegation standing next to the Friendship Statue (a gift from Okazaki, Japan) before heading off to Japan – (L-R): Baylor Boring, chaperone; Skylar Foster; Adrianna Bezrukov; Matt Jones, chaperone; Bentley Mott; Charlie Hilgeman and Jadyn Yankauskas

The delegation will visit Tokyo and then travel the bullet train to Okazaki, where the students will be welcomed by Mayor Nakane, attend school and live with a Japanese family. In turn, the Japanese
delegation will visit Newport Beach in late July and be hosted by the families of the Newport Beach delegation.

The beautiful stone friendship statue which resides at the Crean Mariners Library Branch was a gift to Newport Beach from Okazaki. The larger friendship statue which sits in front of the Central Library was also a gift from the city of Okazaki. Okazaki is known for its beautiful stone and stone carvers.

For more information on the Newport Beach Sister City Association, go here.


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