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Boston students set off for Japan

Japan may seem half a world away, but Boston has a very real connection with this faraway oriental land.

And an invitation has gone out for more to become involved in Boston's connection with Hakusan City.

Exchange visits have been taking place between students from Boston and Hakusan, on the northwest coast of Japan, for the past 22 years.

The latest student group has just departed Boston for Tokyo, on their way to stay with their Hakusan hosts.

In turn Boston families return the favour and host students here when they visit from Hakusan to get a taste of Boston.

Young people are now being selected for the 2018/19 exchange which offers experience of a completely different culture and lifestyle, a chance to host a Japanese student for ten days during July, 2018, a visit to Japan for 12 to 14 days during July, 2019, personal development through commitment to a long-term project and an opportunity to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

Exchange organisers are seeking young people within the Borough of Boston who will be in school year group eight or nine in September, 2017, to represent the 2018/2019 exchange.

The exchange is run outside of school with regular meetings for both the young person and a supportive adult.

To make the Exchange more accessible, the young person and their supportive adult/families are responsible for organising fundraising events with an aim to cover the majority of the cost of the exchange, with the remainder being parent/guardian contribution (historically £500 to £700).

Enthusiastic, open-minded, opportunity-seeking young people should contact the Hakusan Exchange for an information sheet and application form at

Applications close on September 20, 2017.

The Exchange Group has thanked all those businesses and bodies which kindly supported the Exchange and helped in raising funds for the trip, including: Boston Aerodrome, Boston Market Stall Holders, Fesa, Georgians, International Lincs Committee, Maudes Jewellers, Robsons of Spalding, Sasakawa Foundation, Shepherds Bakery and THS Financial Services.

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Chaperones Clare Atkin-Palmer with the 12 students ready to set off for Tokyo at 4.30am Saturday morning