By Bill Hicks
The City Council recognized a group of local students Tuesday who recently returned from a student exchange trip to Japan.
Students took part in the trip organized through the Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program.
This is the 28th year the program has sent a group of local students to Japan. Fairfield also hosts a delegation of Japanese students each year. The local students visited Japan for three weeks, taking part in arranged excursions as well activities organized by their Japanese host families.
The students, Joshua Purvis and Vincent Rosario of Fairfield High School, Trieste Lindahl and Jensen Katschke of Rodriguez High School and Armijo High School’s Rachel Syrett, along with chaperone Stephanie Beardsley, took in sites around Japan that encapsulated the country’s dual-faceted culture, which is equal parts ancient shrines and bullet trains, honored traditions and cutting-edge technology.