A group of six Japanese school students travelled nearly 6,000 miles from their hometown of Takaoka to spend a week in Beverley.
Takaoka has a long history of friendship with the town, and students first visited in 2000 during Councillor Neville Holgate’s stint as mayor.
The students visited during the end of March and were welcomed by the current mayor, Coun Martin Cox, at a reception at the town council office.
Coun Cox said: “They were an absolutely delightful group of girls. They all wanted to have their picture taken with me in my mayoral robes, they sense the importance of authority figures within their society.
“I think it is always important that we develop an awareness of other people’s cultures and obviously our British society is a real mixture of different races, religions and backgrounds.
During their stay, the students spent time at Beverley High School where they made friends and improved on their English by pairing up with “buddies” who helped them understand the timetable.
They also visited York, Leeds and Hull and received a variety of gifts from Beverley Town Council to remind them of their stay.