Holland Elementary students said “konnichi wa” on Friday to 12 students visiting from Kochi, Japan, part of a long-standing relationship between the town and school. Kochi and the city of Fresno have been sister cities since 1965, and students from Kochi first visited Holland Elementary 51 years ago.
The visitors had lunch, participated in lessons and then attended Holland’s after-school program.
Many students at Holland have not had the opportunity to travel beyond the Fresno region, making the visit from the Japanese students a great opportunity to expand their view of the world.
The Kochi students’ visit continues through Monday with trips planned to Yosemite and Disneyland.