Edison Middle School Zoom Calls Students From Yawata City

Uploaded On: December 5th, 2018

On Oct. 26, 2018, 9 students from the Edison Middle School met 12 students in Yawata City, Japan through a Zoom Video Call from the Council chamber in the Milan Administration Building. In Milan, it was 8pm and in Yawata City it was 9am the next day.

Why Yawata City? Yawata City has been a sister city to Milan since the 1980’s because of Thomas Edison. He chose the bamboo, growing in the forest on Mt. Otokoyama, above Yawata City, for his first lightbulb filaments. Yawata City is a suburb of Kyoto. The students had chosen questions to ask each other. Mayor Richard Maloney from Milan and Mayor Fumiaki Horiguchi from Yawata City both had greetings and remarks to say. It was the second year that the exchange took place.

The Edison students did a terrific job and learned several phrases in Japanese to greet the students and say goodbye. Huge thanks for the genius of Milan Council Pres. Ben Smith for putting together the technology for the exchange. Also a huge, huge thanks to school Supt. Tom Roth, Curriculum Director Dean Stanfield, and Birthplace Trustee Pres. Robert Wheeler for all their work in coordinating the Yawata/Milan interaction. Arigato gozaimashita!