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Tsuruta Scrapbook

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    Photo by Lisa Ann Kawachi
    The group makes its way back up the Wahclella Falls trail.

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    Mayor Masamitsu Aikawa and the Tsuruta group pays respects at the grave of Sister City co-founder Eiko Tadakuma’s gravesite at Pine Grove Cemetery. Eiko hosted many students from Japan early on in the program and was a mother figure to the Japanese students while they were in Hood River. She also served on the board for many years.

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    Mayor Aikawa greets Sister City board member Char Wilkins at the welcoming dinner at Columbia

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    Dodgeball keeps thing lively during game night at Westside Elementary.

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    Hannah and Grace Rhylick get acquainted, while flashing the teens’ ubiquitious hand signal, at Orchard Lanes.

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    MAYORS Paul Blackburn of Hood River and Masamitsu Aikawa of Tsuruta help lead the group in the traditional “chicken dance” at the welcoming dinner.

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