Host family meeting for Japanese exchange students set for July 15

Islanders interested this summer in experiencing the world without leaving home are invited to attend an information and orientation meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Hyla Middle School, located at 7861 Bucklin Hill Road N.E.

The meeting would provide the opportunity to meet other island families who are already looking forward to hosting the 14-year-old English-speaking Japanese exchange students for four weeks from July 25 to Aug. 22.

The students will attend English classes and excursions every weekday (Boeing, Mount Rainier, Microsoft, Kitsap County Fair, canoe trips, a Seattle Mariners baseball game, etc.)  Families and their kids can join the fun activities or just enjoy their company evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact: or 206-853-3800.

If you’re curious about what the students would be like below are two examples:

Kazuhisa, a 13-year-old boy from Okinawa, says basketball and playing the trumpet are two of his favorite hobbies. He belongs to his school’s brass band and will be competing in a music contest prior to his arrival in the USA. Kazuhisa also enjoys basketball, fishing, swimming, listening to music, reading and watching TV. Kazuhisa is traveling abroad because his grandfather, a priest, traveled quite a bit and recommended that Kazuhisa travel as much as possible.

Hikari, a 14-year-old girl from Okinawa, says she has always loved to swim as she lives on a small island named Iheya. Aside from swimming she loves to dance, listen to music, play volleyball, watch TV and read. During her homestay in Washington, Hikari hopes to learn, make new friends and gain a new perspective. She is grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to meet Bainbridge Islanders.

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