Milpitas received visits from two "junior ambassadors" from Japan this week.
The Milpitas Executive Lions Club made arrangements for the traditional exchange of pins in council chambers earlier this week with Mayor Esteves and City Manager Tom Williams.
High school students Naoto Ishizuki and Masami Urakawa, both 16-years-old, are part of the Lions Club youth exchange from Japan. Almost 30 Japanese youth are in California for the program. Prior to Milpitas, they spent two weeks with host families in southern California and a week at camp.
Milpitas host moms Marie Pham and Toby Librande–who know one another through the city's Library Advisory Commission–have been keeping the boys busy with trips to the San Jose Giants baseball game, Golden Gate Bridge and Monterey.
Both have teenage sons. Librande's oldest, Jordan, is visiting from college. Along with his brother Dylan, they taught Ishizuki how to play checkers for the first time and introduced him to the computer game Plants vs. Zombies.
Pham chairs the youth exchange committee for the Lions Club district 4-6C. Her children Brian and Sabrina León have hosted students twice this summer. The students came earlier in July.
On Thursday, Ishizuki and Urakawa will visit the San Jose Japantown Lions Club. Although youth participants don't need membership to be sponsored, Ishizuki's grandfather is a member of the Lions Club in Japan.
The two fly home on Saturday.
Interested in hosting an Australian student over the holidays, including Christmas and New Year? Contact Marie Pham, chair of the Lions Club youth exchange for our district 4-6C.