Duluth officially welcomed 12 students from our sister city Isumi, Japan.
A part of a program through Duluth Sister Cities International the students will spend a week here in the Twin Ports.
For their welcome, the students gathered at the Japanese Peace Bell in Enger Park to receive gifts from American students.
The program is meant to provide students, between 13 and 15 with a cultural experience they may not get otherwise.
Organizers like Mary Hoffman said it's also a chance for students from both countries to make international friendships.
"It's interesting to see the young people experience a new culture, whether it's Japanese or American," she said. "And it's also great to see the friendships that come out of this."
The students have just a few more days to enjoy the Duluth area. Their going away party is Friday.