Japanese visitor 14-year-old Ishida Atsuki from Ibusuki City visited the Rockhampton Zoo and had a close encounter with Ollie the Olive Python and zookeeper Adam Swadling.
Japanese visitor 14-year-old Ishida Atsuki from Ibusuki City visited the Rockhampton Zoo and had a close encounter with Ollie the Olive Python and zookeeper Adam Swadling. Sharyn O'Neill ROK210813szoo2

Ibusuki and Rockhampton's bond grows

THE Mayor of Rockhampton's Japanese sister city has expressed his thanks for the two cities' 37-year relationship.

DEAR Mayor Strelow,

Thank you for your warm friendship and ongoing support of the sister city relationship between Rockhampton and Ibusuki.

Our students received such a warm welcome and had many wonderful experiences during their home-stay in Rockhampton.

They learnt not only lots of English, but also differences in culture and lifestyle between Japan and Australia.

I appreciate all your help in giving our students this invaluable opportunity.

Their memorable experiences will give them new perspectives.

I would also like to thank the host families who welcomed and took care of our students as if they were their own.

I hope our relationship will continue to grow stronger and enhance a greater understanding of our two cultures.

I am looking forward to seeing your students in December.

Yours sincerely

Etsuo Toyodome

Mayor, Ibusuki City



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