Breaking Bread and Sharing Cultures


DECATUR- Hosting students from Decatur's sister city Tokorazawa, Japan for 2 weeks. Students began their stay with a welcoming reception at Richland Community College Thursday evening.

Finding more in common than some would think, bonding over food. Exchange student Maria Hiramatsu is apart of the 49th exchange program with Decatur and Tokorazawa Japan. Maria had a lot on her to do list but mainly indulging in fast food was at the top of that list.

Hiramatsu said, “I’m looking forward to beautiful views and eating delicious food.”

On her first night in Decatur Maria was treated to a stop at a pizza place by her host family.

Hosting Maria, Kimberly Miller said, “Its about bonding and just learning about different people’s cultures and really we begin together as humans.”

The students will also be featured in the Decatur Celebration parade next weekend along with venturing on many trips and activities during their stay.

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