Pendleton Cultural Foundation to host guests from Minamisoma, Japan

Release Date: 
09/06/2012

Pendleton Cultural Foundation is hosting Japanese guests from its sister city Minamisoma, the first delegation since the great earthquake and tsunami on March 11th 2011.

“On March 11th, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake happened. It was 2:46pm along the coast of Sanriku. It was measured in Minamisoma as intensity 6.0, which was Magnitude 9.0. Around 15:35pm, 50 mins after the earthquake, this unbelievably enormous Tsunami from Pacific Ocean hit our town. It was measured as 14 meters height in Minamisoma.” 

The public, past Pendleton Cultural Foundation alumni, and host families are invited to attend the presentation in the Community Room, City Hall on September 7th at 3:00 pm. A power point presentation will be shown and each of the Japanese students and chaperones will speak about how the events have changed their lives.

The Pendleton Cultural Foundation has organized the annual high school youth exchange for the last 12 years. The exchange was cancelled in 2009 due to the bird flu epidemic in Japan and resumed in 2010. However, due to the devastation left by the March 11, 2011 tsunami the annual exchange was again halted.

The youth will arrive on Friday September 7th and depart on September 16th. They will be hosted in the homes of foundation participants and past exchange families. While here the delegation spends time touring Pendleton and visiting the Round-Up events.