NINETEEN pupils and two teachers from Japan spent a week in the North East as guests of Beechworth Secondary College.
The group from Tokorozawa Nishi High School stayed with host families in Beechworth, Osbornes Flat, Chiltern, Stanley and Baranduda.
“Instead of having to go to somewhere like a sanctuary, they got to see Australian animals outside their back doors,” Beechworth Secondary College principal Patricia Broom said. “A couple of kids got to the MCG to a footy match on Saturday, some went skiing at Falls Creek, someone else was milking cows at Dederang.”
The visitors practised their English at school and also taught origami and calligraphy to students.