The last two days of the Monaro High School - Lions Club visit to Yamaga (Cooma's sister city) included cultural exchanges at Yamaga Junior High School and Kamoto High School, a farewell party, and farewell ceremony before catching the bus to Fukuoka Airport.
On Monday at the two high schools, the students practiced Japanese calligraphy; the group observed Yamaga students practicing Japanese archery (quite different to the European style) and watched Japanese taiko drum practice.
At Kamoto High School, the students and adults tried out the very calming and Zen practice of the Japanese tea ceremony.
On Tuesday morning, Yamaga City Mayor Kensei Nakashima (also known as Frosty) who has been to Cooma and knows a lot of Cooma people gave a heartfelt farewell speech.
It has been a great trip for all concerned and both Deputy Mayor Bronnie Taylor and teacher Kevin Kirton have observed that the MHS students have been outstanding ambassadors for Cooma and the Monaro.
The Cooma was due to return home yesterday (Wednesday).