In the summer of 1985, we had a foreign exchange student named Michito Nishino
from Niigata, Japan for a month.
He got to do all kinds of things they would never
let him do in Japan (or America, if they had found out about them...) He got
to drive a tractor, operate a backhoe, play in the mud, and sweat a lot (it
was very hot that summer. One of the few Japanese words I remember is
"atsui" which is pronounced like "Yahtzee" without the "Y" and means "hot".)
Michito at Silver Creek Falls State Park in Oregon.
Here is the pond he helped us dig (with the backhoe).
Makiko is Michito's sister.
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