Kenya team educated on Japanese culture by enthusiastic students in Kurume

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KURUME City, Japan, July 13 – A section of Japanese students had a rare opportunity on Tuesday to interact with the superstars of Team Kenya as part of a virtual cultural exchange program on the sidelines of the team’s training camp in Kurume.

The 43 students aged 11 and 12 (class 5 and 6) from Kawai Primary School introduced themselves to the Kenyan team of the Malkia Strikers trio Jane Wacu, Sharon Chepchumba and Pamela Jepkirui as well as Jeffrey Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo and Vincent Onyala from Kenya 7, the rich Japanese culture.

Earlier, the children had drawn paintings of historic places in Kenya with greeting messages in Swahili to the Kenya team that were stuck around the camp dining hall in Kurume City.

In return, the Kenyan team educated the enthusiastic students about Kenya’s heritage and surprisingly some of them knew so much about Kenyan culture.

“Today we held an online cultural exchange program, the children introduced the Kenyan team to the town of Kurume and the famous Kurume cuisine, nature as well as the historical places of Kurume,” said Maki Wanjiku, Kurume town coordinator, who is a Japanese woman married to a Kenyan said.

The next exchange program is scheduled for Thursday with high school students, followed by a training program for Kurume schools on Friday.

The event strengthened Kenya’s relations with Japan with the Kenyan government and Japan using sport to promote tourism for the benefit of social and economic value.

Alex Isaboke is reporting from Kurume City, Japan.

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