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10 local students join cultural-exchange program in Japan

THE Saipan mayor’s office sent 10 students to Japan as part of its annual cultural-exchange program with Sanpoen, now in its 35th year.

The mayor’s student exchange program coordinator, Yuki Kishimoto, said the students left on Tuesday and will be back on Feb. 20.

They are Jude Litulumar and Kiku Tudela, Chacha Oceanview Middle School students; Dominic Yumul and Hajin Oh, Marianas High School; SeoYoung Baek, Saipan Community School; Arisa Custodio, Hopwood Middle School; Taliyah Bocago, Alleah Mendiola, Erika Mendiola, and Jonelle Toskas, Mount Carmel School.

They are accompanied by Kishimoto, the mayor’s grant writer and student exchange coordinator Luise Villagomez, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider, Elena Hofschneider and student homestay sponsor Randy Johnson.

While in Japan, the students will visit the mayor’s office and the potato factory in Nantan City.

From there, Kishimoto said they will head to Kyoto, visit the zoo and meet with the governor and mayor.

They will also visit Toei Movie Land, Eon Mall Kusatsu, the Hikone Castle Museum, and the Zenko-ji Temple.

Kishimoto said the CNMI students will have a chance to participate in Jyoyama Elementary School events and interact with its students.

On Saturday, the CNMI group will be with their home-stay families.

Each year, the Sanpoen group led by Buddhist chief priest Kansho Kayaki visits Saipan to hold a memorial lantern ceremony.

2018 will mark the 40th year of the Sanpoen memorial ceremony on island, Kishimoto said.