Japanese students and their Greenfield hosts find they have much in common

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GREENFIELD — It didn’t take long for Honoka Yoshida to pinpoint the best part of her trip to Greenfield.

The animated 14-year-old was among a group of teens from Greenfield’s sister city of Kakuda, Japan, who spent the week immersing themselves in American culture.

While they visited schools, toured government buildings and even rode on a fire engine through downtown Greenfield, Honoka named a very simple American tradition as her top pick: her first sleepover.

“It’s just fabulous to experience normal American culture, having dinner and sharing a conversation,” Honoka said through an interpreter, vowing to ask her parents to host a sleepover when she returns to Japan.

The 11 students and three chaperones are spending their final days in Greenfield this weekend, with a 5K walk/run this morning to raise money for the program before a flight back home Sunday.

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