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A delegation of Superior students and adults are about to embark on a trip to Japan. The delegation is heading to Superior’s Sister City, Ami-machi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, on the shore of the second largest lake in Japan.

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Students participating in the delegation bill be at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, during the center’s open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 to highlight a new display that arose from the Sister City relationship. The students host a bake sale to help raise money for this year’s trip.

Since the Sister City relationship began in 1997, nearly 200 individuals have participated in delegation exchanges between Superior and Ami-machi. These exchanges take a lot of work on the part of the Sister City Commission volunteers and delegation participants. Since travel overseas to Japan is expensive, students and their families must do a lot of fundraising.

Since the relationship began, Japanese Sister City friends reached out with kind words and a donation to local firefighters during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and the Sister City Commission reciprocated when the large-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck eastern Japan in March 2011. When Superior was hit with severe flooding in June 2012, the people of Ami-machi raised more than $3,000 to help with the recovery effort here.

The mission of the Sister City program is to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.”

The Commission also helps maintain a Japanese garden in Billings Park, which has become a popular spot for weddings and graduation photos. Most recently, the Commission has worked with the Bong Center to install a display that shares the story of Ami-machi’s link to the use of kamikaze in World War II.

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