kashiwa kids1Student participants in the Torrance-Kashiwa Sister City exchange program stopped by the Rafu Shimpo offices for a brief tour on Aug. 7, part of a day trip to Little Tokyo and Downtown. The eight visiting students from Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture – Yukiko Kanno, Hiroki Matsushima, Mizuki Niwa, Shoko Onuma, Hanako Senda, Natsuki Sugiura, Rieko Takatsuka and Hiroki Tanimoto – were joined by several American students who have made the reciprocal journey from Torrance to Japan. Below, the students are surprised by a photo taken in October of 1953 in Los Angeles, showing Japanese Crown Prince – now Emperor – Akihito looking through the pages of The Rafu Shimpo. (Photos by MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS and J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

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