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ISHINOMAKI MEETING DAY 7-6-14 (12)

 

Dear Members and Friends:

Please congratulate the 2014 St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program Participants for their upcoming trip to Japan from July 27 to August 5, 2014!!!

Seven middle and high school students from the St. Louis area will leave for Ishinomaki, Japan. The city of Ishinomaki was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The group will tour the affected areas, meet with volunteers who have been involved in the long-term re-construction efforts, and participate in a 2-day summer festival of Ishinomaki, Kawabiraki (River Opening) Festival, which will celebrate its 91st anniversary this year.

ISHINOMAKI MEETING DAY 7-6-14 (11)The trip is funded by the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI and coordinated by National Association of Japan America Societies. TOMODACHI is a private-public partnership created to invest in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges. The Japan America Society of St. Louis was awarded this prestigious grant for 2013 and 2014. Corporate donors to support the St. Louis program are TOYOTA, MITSUBISHI, and HITACHI.

The group has attended monthly pre-departure orientation meetings since April and has been learning about Ishinomaki. At the July 6th meeting, Ms. Yuko Miller from Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods in the U.S., met with the participants, congratulated on their journey’s mission, and presented gifts of backpacks, t-shirts, and caps to the participants.

We thank Ranwlings for their wonderful well wishes and generous gifts.

 

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