A reception was held featuring an “all-American” hot dog barbecue with pork and beans, potato salad and brownies. Special guests included Anjo Mayor Gaku Kamiya, Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize, and both adult and student delegates from Anjo.
Tomoka Shimada and the other students put their skills to the test by telling jokes in English.
The Huntington Beach Sister City Association has been involved in a variety of capacities, including the selection of assistant English teachers to teach in Japan, and exchanges of art and music. Huntington Beach sent the 40-member Edison High School baseball team to Anjo last year for the Goodwill Games.
Annually, four high school students and a chaperone have participated in a two-week reciprocal exchange with students in Anjo. Cultural and fun activities are enjoyed, a number of lifetime friendships have been formed,