Ten students visit from Japanese sister city of Kiryu

Yuko Shimoyama noticed a few differences between Columbus and her hometown of Kiryu, Japan. In Columbus, the roads are wider, city hall is bigger and it's "really hot."

Shimoyama, 17, is one of 10 students participating in a sister city student exchange. The students spend nine days in Columbus and Atlanta, visiting local museums, shopping and spending time with their host families

"It's a good city. There are kind people," Shimoyama said of her visit during a reception for the students Thursday on the plaza level of the Government Center. She particularly remembered going to the Columbus Museum and Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Akira Kishimoto, a chaperone for the group, said the students also got to spend a full day at Columbus High and enjoyed learning about the differences and similiarities between a Japanese and an American high school.

The students will spend today and Saturday in Columbus. Today they will meet CSU president Tim Mescon, tour the university and participate in classes at the English Language Institute.

On Saturday the students will have an all-American picnic at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. The students will spend two days in Atlanta before flying back to Kiryu on Tuesday.