October 2016
Issue 9

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I2S 2016 group photo
2016's I2S students pose for a group photo with their chaperones early in their visit.
Words of Appreciation from an I2S Chaperone
BY ATSUSHI MIYAMOTO, chaperone and science teacher at Kaita Junior High School

Hello Sunnyvale!

We 20 students and 4 chaperones were so happy to visit your city. We met many generous people: Mayor Hendricks, the city council members, the host families, school teachers, SSCA volunteers and Iizuka chaperones, I can't thank you enough. Comparing Iizuka and Sunnvale, one realizes how big the world is and how necessary it is to be a global citizen. We need to be able to communicate with each other without hesitation. The end of our journey to Sunnyvale is the first step to widening our world. I really hope my I2S 2016 students never forget Sunnyvale and that the memory will encourage and help them forever. Thank you so much.
Haruki and Gigante, the mascot of the San Jose Giants
Haruki met Gigante at a San Jose Giants game. Both were good sports about taking pictures! Photo: Naina Patel
My California Experience
BY HARUKI MUROYA, 8th grade student at Fukuoka Prefectural Kaho Junior High School

I had a wonderful 9 days in America. I saw the Apple Store and Stanford University, and my host parents took me to places like Santa Cruz, a baseball game, the sea and to restaurants, and made sure we went shopping.

At first it was difficult for me to understand my host family but my English comprehension improved over time. Thanks to them every day had new experiences. I had a great time with Viresh, we played mini-golf, basketball, videogames and the like. I was very happy that I could meet Clara again, she was a S2I student this summer.

I was surprised to see how different classes and school rules are compared to Japan. Another difference between America and Japan? Hamburger sizes. I couldn't finish mine it was so big!

Many people took care of me in Sunnyvale. Thank you so much for everything.
Kanon Daniel and host sister, Bella, at the Jelly Belly Factory
Kanon (left) and host sister, Bella (right), pose in front of the Jelly Belly Napoleon, at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California.
What I Did, What I Will Do Better
BY KANON DANIEL, 8th grade student at Iizuka Nisshinkan Junior High School

Visiting Sunnyvale is already a wonderful memory. Before I met my host family, my heart was filled with worry. However, my host family was very kind to me and took me to the amusement park and shopping over the weekend. I made friends with a lot of people in my three days in school who I talk with everyday by e-mail. English was hard for me so I sometimes needed a translator to express my feelings. Next time, I will study more English and go America to study for real.
Mr. Kazuaki Tanaka and with a circuit board and students
Mr. Tanaka teaches Japanese students about circuit boards. He plans to bring a program similar to this one to next year's robotics class.
Planning 2017 Robotics Class
BY JACK EWBANK, Special Innovative Programs Manager, SSCA

Mere weeks after seeing off our I2S visitors I sat down with Mark Kato and Kazuaki Tanaka of the Kyuushu Institute of Technology in Iizuka to discuss SSCA's next program: the Robot Programming Class. We're improving the program based on our experiences in the 1st robot programming class; changes include switching the coding language to the popular mRuby, changing the vehicle, and moving the venue. Mr. Tanaka himself will teach the class with handpicked students as his assistants; the event will be held March 4th-5th. Please look forward to more details!
Volunteers Wanted
SSCA is looking for volunteers to help with our activities. If you are passionate about contributing to the community, please send a message to

Current opportunities:
  • Program Manager for Student Exchange Program
  • Program Manager for Sunnyvale City
  • Want to help with something else? Let us know!
We Need Sponsors
As a completely volunteer-run non-profit organization (501c3), the Sunnyvale Sister City Association (SSCA) is looking for sponsors. The SSCA has three levels of sponsorship: GOLD ($2,000 per year), SILVER ($1,000 per year), and BRONZE ($500 per year). Please help us continue to offer dynamic events to the community and support Sunnyvale’s future generations. If you are interested, please send a message to
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