The School of International Studies Welcomes Students from Kyoto Japan

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

On September 12th, the School of International Studies joined with Oklahoma’s Secretary of State’s office in hosting a delegation of students from Kyoto, Japan. The students were here to visit Oklahoma, which has a sister state relationship with Kyoto. Stillwater has a sister city relationship with Kameoka, Japan, which is in the Kyoto prefecture. While on the Stillwater part of their state visit, the students toured the OSU campus, met and discussed world issues with students in SIS, and visited with members of Stillwater’s Sister City Council. In previous years, Oklahoma former Lieutenant Governor and current US Congresswoman Mary Fallin has taken a delegation of students, including several SIS students, to Japan to visit the Kyoto prefecture. This was the first year that a delegation from Kyoto came to Oklahoma.

The Japanese students and SIS students discuss the issues of Global Warming and Cross-Cultural Understanding.
The Japanese students and SIS students discuss the issues of Global Warming and Cross-Cultural Understanding.
The Japanese students were thrilled to receive items from SIS commemorating their trip to Stillwater.
The Japanese students were thrilled to receive items from SIS commemorating their trip to Stillwater.
Dr Steve Miller, Interim Associate Director of the SIS Graduate Program introduces the Japanese students to Oklahoma State University.
Dr Steve Miller, Interim Associate Director of the SIS Graduate Program introduces the Japanese students to Oklahoma State University.
The Japanese students pose for a group picture in the garden outside Stillwater’s Kameoka Room.  The garden was made with many items brought to Stillwater by Kameoka gardeners who landscaped the traditional Japanese garden for Stillwater.
The Japanese students pose for a group picture in the garden outside Stillwater’s Kameoka Room.  The garden was made with many items brought to Stillwater by Kameoka gardeners who landscaped the traditional Japanese garden for Stillwater.
The Kyoto student delegation poses with SIS students after the groups discussed current issues of the day.  Chris Morriss (far right), Special Assistant to Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage, hosted the delegation while they were in Oklahoma.
The Kyoto student delegation poses with SIS students after the groups discussed current issues of the day.  Chris Morriss (far right), Special Assistant to Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage, hosted the delegation while they were in Oklahoma.
The Sister Cities Council of Stillwater hosted the Japanese students in the room at Stillwater’s Community Center that commemorates the sister city relationship between Stillwater and Kameoka, Japan.
The Sister Cities Council of Stillwater hosted the Japanese students in the room at Stillwater’s Community Center that commemorates the sister city relationship between Stillwater and Kameoka, Japan.