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Japanese delegation visits Americus

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Young people from Japan are learning what life is like in South Georgia.

A group from Miyoshi City arrived in Americus on Thursday.

The two are sister cities, and a Japanese delegation visits Americus each year.

Friday afternoon four of the guests and their Georgia hosts toured the city. They spent most of the afternoon on foot, first stop, ice cream.

"We're having two Japanese students stay in our home for four days," said Angie Singletary.

Singletary is one of the home stay families, she can't speak Japanese.

"It's a challenge but a good challenge," she said.

Her son remembers three years ago when they hosted for the first time.

"I'm 16 and I remember it was different you would say," said Jake Hood.

The delegation started the yearly trip thanks to the help of a former president, who greets them when they arrive.

"I think we're very fortunate that Jimmy Carter has done what he has done to connect these two cities," said Louise Tucker, Home stay family.

"They love Jimmy Carter they love Sumter County, they're teaching them how to grow peanuts over there," said Singletary.

They also did some shopping at the Maze, and Walmart.

"Personally I want them to experience everything they possibly could while they're here," said Singletary.

For the students who visit from Japan it's often their first in rural America.

"They said the love the green, the green grass, there's so much of it," said Tucker,

"I've noticed they're very quiet and disciplined compared to our children ours are loud and rowdy and run around like crazy," said Singletary.

Louise Tucker is awaiting her chance to visit Japan.

"I finally got my passport," she said.

A Japanese delegation has visited Americus each year for the past 15-years except last year because of H1N1 concerns.

They'll be here through Sunday.

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