Another visit by students from Toyohashi Commercial High School in Japan to Bowsher High School is in the books.

The four students who visited this week from Toyohashi got an added bonus when they were able to meet Dr. Durant and have their pictures taken with him. The students: Anna Takaya(たかや あんな); Nana Kimura(きむら なな); Maki Banno(ばんの まき)and Ayaka Suzuki(すずき あやか)-- were accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Asakura (あさくらせんせい) and Bowsher teacher Ryo Kitamura, who served as a translator for the shy visitors.

Mr. Kitamura arranged the visit with Dr. Durant so the girls could introduce themselves to him in English and have a couple of pictures taken with the superintendent.

But it turned out that the visit was a little more exciting for them when they received TPS Proud bags - and discovered the brightly colored TPS Proud bracelets that many in the district wear. Their squeals proved that teenage girls are the same world over.

The Toledo-Toyohashi Sister City relationship began in 1997 when Mrs. Justine Singer visited Toyohashi and became friends with Mr. and Mrs. Murata. In the fall of 1998, the Toyohashi Photo Club sent its first delegation to Toledo. On April 29, 2000, a twelve-member Toledo delegation participated in the signing of sister city relations in Toyohashi. Mayors Finkbeiner and Hayakawa signed the document for their respective cities. On May 16, 2000, the two mayors repeated the signing ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Through the years, there have been a number of visitor exchanges between the two cities, with students from Japan often visiting Bowsher and what is now Byrnedale Elementary. There have also been several University of Toledo student delegations that have visited Japan.

Written on March 26, 2015