The city of Columbus is hosting visitors from its sister city of Miyoshi, Japan this week.

A group of students from Miyoshi arrived in Columbus on Friday. Each student is assigned to stay with a local family that has volunteered to host the Japanese delegation.

The Japanese students will spend Monday and Thursday in school at either Northside or Central Middle School and will use Tuesday and Wednesday as an opportunity to tour and experience Columbus.

On Tuesday, the group will visit some of Columbus’ most famous sites, such as St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, The Commons and the Cummins Inc. Corporate Office Building, while also getting the chance to meet with Mayor Jim Lienhoop and representatives from the Columbus Police Department.

The Japanese students will stay with their host families through Friday and will then return to Miyoshi. Southside Elementary School teacher Samantha Harpring will then travel to Miyoshi in August as the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. ambassador to the Japanese city.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.