Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
16 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 NEWS 5556277AA advertising package in Nelson Gameplan Phone us now 03 546 2835 253 TRAFALGAR STREET, NELSON Ph: 0800 776 278 LAST MINUTE CRUSE DEALS Call today to find out more about these great specials Around Australia 34 Night cirummavigation with ocean view, state rooms FROM only $6,069 per person, share twin 19 night Brisbane to Perth Ocean view State rooms only $3679 per person, share twin Departs 20th October 2013 5562187AA Sister city visit: Maaya Mori, left, and Risa Sato from Miyazu enjoy their visit to Nelson. Sister city students visit ' They formed new friendships and re- established the bridge that joins our two cities. ' Tobias Tohill Miyazu Sister City Association committee member The first group of students from Nelson's Japanese sister-city Miyazu to visit in 10 years have visited Nelson. The Miyazu City Council chose to send a group of 10 secondary students, an English teacher, and a council staff member to Nelson for five nights last month. Miyazu Sister City Association committee member Tobias Tohill, an acting teacher of Japanese at Nelson College for Girls, said few of the group from Japan spoke English confidently, so it was a steep learning curve for them. He said they were thrown in the deep end to stay with kind Nelson families who had generously offered to billet them. During their time in Nelson the group visited various tourist sites, sheared sheep and rode ponies on a working farm, painted pottery at McMillan's Pottery and joined classes at Nelson College for Girls. They formed new friendships and re-established the bridge that joins our two cities.'' Miyazu is a small city of 20,000 on the northern coast of Honshu, Japan. It is about two hours north of Kyoto, and is nestled against the hills in a bay facing the sea. It was an important port when Japan first opened up to the world in the mid- 19th century. The town is a major tourist destination, particularly in summer when the population swells and everyone flocks to the warm, sunny beaches. The sister city movement developed after World War II to promote peace and friendship between cities and countries of the world at a grassroots level. By 2016 the relationship between the people of Nelson and Miyazu as sister cities will have lasted 40 years. The relationship forms an active part of our city's life through the Miyazu Japanese Gardens and the popular Cherry Blossom Festival held every September there. Tobias said short trips such as this one can lay down deep roots. Reoma Yano, a high school student with the group, was intrigued to find out on this trip that one of his relatives was known as Mayor Yano at the time he came to Nelson 37 years ago. Mayor Yano established our sister city relationship when he planted the first symbolic pine tree at the Miyazu Gardens.
August 15th 2013
August 29th 2013