Quest students examine Japanese culture

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Linnea Keatts and Nozomi Matsumoto pause during an outing.

A group of explorers visited Walla Walla’s sister city Sasayama, Japan, without leaving the Valley.

In all, 20 students participating in the Quest program through Walla Walla Community College, leaving for the Port of Walla Walla. Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Committee, gave them a “tour” of Sasayama, looked at such artifacts as weaving and pottery and described its history and the sister city relationship that dates from 1972.

They lunched at Aloha Sushi before adjourning to the home of Barbara and Keith Noel. Barbara shared her love of Japanese culture with the group. She dressed one of the people in a traditional kimono while explaining the details of the procedure.

Barbara also shared background on and demonstrated the Japanese tea ceremony.

The group sampled the special tea and sweets served for the ceremony, then returned to WWCC. Nozomi Matsumoto was instrumental in making it a successful experience, said Linnea Keatts.

Patty Kajita shared with the Quest group recently about her life and her family’s challenges and joys while living in Walla Walla for nearly 100 years.

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