Japanese teens present letters to mayor of Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
From left, are, Chisaki Yamahata, Yu Kameda, Miyoko Tajika and Mayor Robert Eberly.

On Friday, Aug. 13, three teens from Japan presented letters from the mayors of the cities where they live to Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly.  The three teens, Chisaki Yamahata, 12, Miyoko Tajika, 13, and Yu Kameda, 14, were visiting the United States as part of the LABO International Exchange Foundation.

LABO is a family-based, Japanese youth organization where children in Japan between the ages of 3 and 18 learn to improve their English-language ability as well as to learn about other cultures and expand their personal horizons. The LABO International Exchange Foundation has been organizing homestay and academic exchange programs since 1972, primarily for young people between the ages of 12 and 18, but also for young adults. LABO families welcome a foreign child into their family in order to make friends, learn about a new culture, introduce their own customs and practice a new language.  

Chisaki Yamahata, who was hosted by Bryce and Debbie Pugh and daughter Abigail of Greencastle, is from Hachioji, Japan.  Miyoko Tajeka, who was hosted by Jan, Deanna, Carina and Kiefer Martin of Greencastle, is from Itami, Japan.  And Yu Kameda, who was hosted by Robert and Zonya Good and daughter Brianna of Waynesboro, is from Hiroshima, Japan.  The three teens arrived on July 25th spent 26 days with their American sponsor families.