Kaiela Arts welcomes Japanese students

By Laura Briggs

Shepparton’s Kaiela Arts has been an attraction for visiting Japanese students.

Japanese tour staff member Tomoaki Yoshida said the group of 15 students and three staff members from Toyoake, Japan were delighted to spend 10 days in Shepparton as part of a school trip.

He said the group visited Kaiela Arts on Wednesday where they created their own clay turtles with the help of Kaiela Arts artists and explored the various art forms displayed within the studio. Kaiela Arts artist Eric Brown added to the group’s experience by playing a didgeridoo during their visit. He then went on to give students the opportunity to attempt at playing it themselves, offering tips and techniques.

Mr Yoshida said following the visit to Kaiela Arts, the group was excited to meet City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe.

He said their stay in Shepparton had given them the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including a visit to Kyabram Fauna Park, a paddle steamer experience on Echuca’s Murray River and most importantly taste the food of the Goulburn Valley.

‘‘I thought Japanese fruit was the most delicious fruit in the world, but now I have tasted the fruit here and I was wrong. The fruit here is even more delicious,’’ Mr Yoshida said.

He said this was the first time visiting Australia for students and staff and they had been pleased to meet many friendly people during their visit.