Since 1997 students and teachers from a small town in the south of Japan have visited Mudgee.
This program originally began through the Reihoku Town Office because their local power station is supplied by Ulan Coal.
Each year members of the group are hosted by families at St Matthew’s Catholic School and attend classes in both the primary and secondary school.
They had excursions throughout the district including to Gulgong Pioneer Museum, Wellington Caves and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.
A highlight of the 10 day visit is the opportunity to visit Ulan Coal and see firsthand what occurs at the mine.
One of the adults, Erina Iwasaki (pictured left) visited Mudgee in 2002 as a student of Reihoku Junior High so this was an extra special visit for her.
Erina now works at the Town Office and brought greetings from Mayor Shouji Tajima to Mayor Des Kennedy when the group visited the Mid-Western Regional Council offices last week.