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Japanese students wrap up Edmonds sister city visit

A group of 10 middle- and high-school students from Hekinan, in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan, wrapped up a visit to their sister city Edmonds Aug. 5-16.

The Japanese students met Mayor Dave Earling — who grilled up a hamburger lunch for the crew. They also learned pétanque, and went to a Mariners’ game (the 15-inning game that went until 12:30 a.m., though they left shortly after 10 p.m.).

Students also visited the Cascadia Museum and saw the John Matsudaira exhibit, toured the University of Washington and its Burke Museum, did some canoeing at the UW, toured the Capitol in Olympia, went to the Seattle Center and Pike Place Market, and ventured to Deception Pass and Padilla Bay.

Edmonds teens visited Hekinan earlier in the year.

The Edmonds Sister City Commission runs the program on this side of the ocean. The student exchange aims to foster cross-cultural relations that help the two communities learn more about each other. Learn more at

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