© People to People International Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter 2010 Through a joint venture project with Creighton School District in Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix, Arizona  chapter of People to People International, 12 students and 4 district staff were able to experience Japan  on a very personal basis in May/June 2007.  Mrs. Ruriko Nakajima, People to People International Board of Directors and Ms. Margaret DuBois,  President of the Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter are coordinating this wonderful cultural exchange program. Students will host and be hosted by the same partner as much as possible.  Arizona students and staff spent 2 days in Tokyo. There they met with members of the  Urayasu chapter and their president, Eiichi Otomo. Also assisting the group were people from the town of Midori, who were interested in learning more about starting a new  chapter of People to People International in their area.  The group was thrilled to see Mt. Fujii as they drove to their home stays with the  Kikugawa chapter. Students attended school with their home stay partners, visited a  green tea farm and rice paddy. They also enjoyed time by the ocean exploring tide  pools and seeing a big Japanese fish market. An exciting ride on the famous bullet train took the group to see the temples and  palaces of the ancient capitol of Kyoto. They also had fun shopping in the many gift  shops and experiencing the cuisine of Japan.      The group was sad to say goodbye, but were pleased to know that the hosting partners would visit them in Arizona in March of 2008. Click thumbnail to enlarge