Muroto friends arrive in Lincoln

VISIT: Back: Izzabelle Hudson, Satsuki Kenmotsu, Takumi Masuda, Ryan James, Danyan Nisbet, Alleigh Hamnett, Masumi Miyazaki (leader); front: Chihiro Mori (teacher), Clair Window, Mina Kubo, Yuka Tanaka, Marika Tomioka, Ayaka Aoyama, Natsuki Yano, Kazue Ueta, Rin Yamashita, Portia Clem.
VISIT: Back: Izzabelle Hudson, Satsuki Kenmotsu, Takumi Masuda, Ryan James, Danyan Nisbet, Alleigh Hamnett, Masumi Miyazaki (leader); front: Chihiro Mori (teacher), Clair Window, Mina Kubo, Yuka Tanaka, Marika Tomioka, Ayaka Aoyama, Natsuki Yano, Kazue Ueta, Rin Yamashita, Portia Clem.

THE annual delegation from Muroto, Japan, arrived in Port Lincoln on Saturday evening.

This year, nine students from four different schools in the Muroto area, two adult leaders, and a tour guide, will enjoy the hospitality of 12 different host families in Port Lincoln.

Almost 400 guests from Muroto have visited Port Lincoln as part of the Friendship Agreement signed by Port Lincoln and Muroto in 1991.

Chris Mantle, from the Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Group, said hosting, or ‘home stay’, was a big part of the cultural exchange experience in Port Lincoln, and in Muroto when locals visited the city in April each year.

“It’s one thing to be a tourist, it’s an experience at a different level, to live with a family, and immerse yourself into the life of another culture, and despite the rigorous itinerary, there is plenty of free time with their host families,” Mr Mantle said.

The visitors and some of their hosts, enjoyed a bus trip to Coffin Bay last Monday.

The first stop was Winter Hill for an iconic photo opportunity, then to a farm to see sheep dogs working and a shearing demonstration.

They visited an oyster processor for an explanation of the industry, and to taste some of the fresh produce.

After a barbecue lunch, the group headed to the Coffin Bay National Park, Almonta Beach and Yangie Bay.

Other experiences in the 10 day itinerary include a welcome and farewell party, local school visits, Koppio Museum, Glen Forest Tourist Park, Tacoma and many more.