If you visit the Edmonds Museum Farmers Market this Saturday, you can also meet visitors from Japan, learn about their culture, and hear their perspectives on American life.
Each summer, families and individuals in Edmonds host Japanese students in their homes, giving them a unique opportunity to learn about America. Daily tours and activities for the students are organized by the Edmonds Sister City Commission. This year’s highlights included a trip to Wild Waves, a tour of the University of Washington, an entry in the Sandcastle Contest, visits to Seattle landmarks, and a night at a Mariners game.
The students are from Edmonds’ sister city in Japan — Hekinan — and stay for two weeks. This follows a two-week visit to Hekinan by Edmonds students. The exchange has been taking place for 26 years thanks to the Edmonds Sister City Commission.
Many of the Hekinan students will be at Saturday’s Summer Market in the Sister City booth. You’re encouraged to stop by and say hello.