Largest-ever delegation of local students travels to Japan as part of sister-city cultural exchange.

PLYMOUTH – A historic delegation of student ambassadors traveled to Japan last month to participate in the town’s sister-city exchange with the people of Shichigahama.

The delegation, led by Selectmen Chairman Ken Tavares, Selectman Shelagh Joyce and School Committee Chairman James Sorensen, included 15 students – the largest number ever to travel to Japan in the quarter-century history of the exchange program. Three local teachers traveled with the group as chaperones.

Superintendent Gary Maestas said the town’s Japanese hosts insisted on a larger than usual group because they wanted more people to know the joys of the cultural exchange.

The primarily middle school-aged students who went on the trip stayed with host families during their week-long stay in August. While in Japan, the students got a chance to see local sights and experience life from the perspective of a typical Japanese family. Officials explored ways of furthering the sister-city relationship, Maestas said.

Members of the local delegation as well as their Japanese hosts shared photos from the trip with the newspaper.