Austin departed on Saturday morning, July 26
with the Madison County Homestay students and chaperones
for a one-week stay at Hokuto City, Japan.
This visit is a part of our sister-city program.
Glenn and I have been active in the program for many years,
and have visited the Hokuto City area of Japan several times.
Lexington to Minneapolis, to Narita/Tokyo
then a bus ride to meet their host families.
Austin's host student Kotaro visited us last summer
when the Japanese students were here for a week.
The Madison County group arrived safely
in Japan, and Austin is having a "blast"
with his friend Kotaro.
Austin's first text informed us he enjoyed a
cup of green tea and a "sweet of some kind"
upon arrival at Kotaro's home.