April 13, 2024

MONROE COUNTY — It’s been four years since Monroe County students visited Japan with the Monroe International Friendship Association. This summer, MIFA will return to traveling.

Up to five local students will be selected for a July trip to Japan, and several Japanese students will come to Monroe. Applications are due April 13.

MIFA began in 1992 as a Sister City program between Monroe and Hofu, Japan. Since then, more than 100 Monroe County students have visited Japan. The last trip was in 2019. MIFA has been an online only program since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monroe students and their chaperones are shown at a Japanese airport during a previous visit to Hofu, Japan.

“We had virtual meetings with members and former students joining from both cities. We shared different traditions, stories, special presentations and discussions during the meetings,” said Kim Steve of Monroe County, MIFA president. “It was a bit challenging with the time difference, but it was quite interesting for both sides.”

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