Grey Bears was delighted to be the first stop during a recent visit by an 11-member delegation from Santa Cruz Sister City, Shingu, Japan. Our guests arrived in time to see the brown bag line in full operation, with Shingu Mayor, Taoka Michitoshi joining in to help. Don and the composting crew received help turning the composting tubs. Another visitor was beaming after she found a beautiful purse in the thrift store.
One of our native Japanese line volunteers, Patrick caught up on the latest news with several of the tour members. Patrick volunteers with his daughter, Unhae, her husband Bob and frequently their daughter, Renata – three generations of service.
In part of his thank you letter after returning to Japan, group translator Taku Iwasawa wrote, “We know that those precious experiences the delegates were given must be kept as their life long memories and help to build their view of life and inspiring a vision toward a sustainable community of Shingu, as Santa Cruz has been keeping on to do.” It was truly a memorable morning.