WOWT 6 News was welcomed to a special dinner Monday night, where one of four teachers from Omaha’s sister city Shizuoka, Japan enjoyed an all-American meal.
Outside the evening wore on in what looked like a typical Monday, underway in the Hood household dinner progressed. On the menu were ribs and a few sides, but there's someone new here, a special guest, Toshiaki Muto.
Muto is a junior high mathematics teacher, from Omaha's sister city Shizuoka. It didn't take him long to realize the differences between our two cities. "I can't watch -see- the mountains around me, where is mountain? Plain, plain, plain,” Muto said.
Rich Hood and his wife have been involved with Omaha Sister Cities Association for several years, but this is their first year hosting. "Carmen and I are both former educators, we've retired now from teaching but it is important to us, to share the knowledge that we have and that is in this community with teacher's from around the world,” Hood said.
And so, Muto becomes the family's guest of honor for four days. "There aren't very many minutes that aren't scheduled for these teachers, and dinner on Monday night, happens to be one of them,” Hood said.
Tuesday includes a meeting with the mayor and a concert at the Lauritzen Gardens but for now, after a complete meal, Muto continued his international relations, to everyone in the house.
In front of Omaha’s city county building and courthouse, if you don’t look close enough, you could miss a gift from our sister city Shizuoka, the Japanese lantern given to Omaha in 1975.
The four teachers visited the zoo Monday and have plans to tour two schools Tuesday. Muto continually remarked how friendly the people here are. For all four of them, it's back home to Japan Thursday morning.