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7/17/2018 Member News

Community Welcomes Takamatsu Student Ambassadors to St. Petersburg


Community Welcomes Takamatsu Student Ambassadors to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 17, 2018) - While three St. Petersburg high school students return from visiting Takamatsu, Japan, St. Petersburg's Sister City, three high school students from Takamatsu will spend 10 days visiting the Sunshine City beginning Monday, July 23. The Takamatsu student ambassadors, Moe Yamanochi, Sara Takigawa, and Shizuna Kondo, will live with host families during their stay, visiting local attractions and sharing their culture with the community.

The students will visit the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, July 24; meet Mayor Rick Kriseman and make presentations about Takamatsu at City Hall on July 26; and visit with guests during a July 31 farewell reception hosted by the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS). The 6 p.m. farewell reception, which will feature SPIFFS performing groups and samples of ethnic food delicacies, will take place at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N. The public is invited to attend all community presentations. Other private activities include a Rays home game, a beach day, visits to The Dali, the Museum of History, Sunken Gardens, and a walking mural tour.

St. Petersburg's student ambassadors, Kai Tomalin, Olivia Olson, and Thalinna Faren, recently returned home after spending 10 days sharing American culture with their host families and Takamatsu city leaders, and sightseeing. They will make a presentation about their stay during a future City Council meeting.

For additional information about the Student Ambassador and Sister Cities exchange program, visit or contact Lotta Baumann, St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc., (SPIFFS) Executive Director, at 727-804-3492 or 

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