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Visitors from Ozu, Japan settle in with local families
Visitors from Hastings' sister city of Ozu, Japan are settling in with local families.
In what has become an annual event, six teenage girls, their sponsors and a scholar who's specializing in the writings of Nebraska author Willa Cather will be staying in Hastings for the next week.
While they are here they will have the opportunity to do many things, including visiting the Prairie Loft Center, enjoy an afternoon at the Hastings Aqua Court, and make sack lunches for the Open Table Project.
Asako Miyamoto is excited for the chance to learn more about Willa Cather and her beginnings in Red Cloud.
"She is interested in the working woman and she is interested in Bohemian or European people," said Asako Miyamoto.
The group's translator Tomomi Eto knows how these young girls feel.
Eleven years ago she was the seventeen-year-old making her first trip to America.
"Some things have changed, but I remember the view of Hastings. I'm happy to see that again," said Tomomi Eto.
Eto says she hopes the girls have as great of an experience as she did eleven years ago.
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