Marlborough Boys' College greeted pupils from Jissen Gakuen Junior and Senior High School with a traditional powhiri in the college pavilion yesterday.
It was a warm welcome for the 39 Japanese pupils after being out in the cold rain.
A karanga was given by te reo Maori teacher Helen Joseph as the visitors entered the school grounds, and there were speeches and songs from both groups.
Jissen Gakuen school director Yuij Makishima greeted the college pupils on behalf of the pupils from Japan.
He said he was amazed that most of the pupils were not even born when the exchange project started 15 years ago.
He was excited to see the two groups coming together. "Learn from each other and deepen the relationship," he told the boys.
Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty was excited about the exchange of knowledge and culture during the coming week.
He was travelling to Japan in a month and looked forward to being their guest and learning about the Japanese way of life.
"We hope you enjoy your time with us in Blenheim and that you feel welcome at our school," he said.
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