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Summer vacation for a lot of families in the Boston area includes taking in ball games, museums, boat rides, and all manner of fair-weather activities. For the Ananstasiades family of Hanover last summer, and many others in the area, it meant doing all that with a Japanese foreign exchange student along for the cultural ride for two weeks.
The Ananstasiades clan of Michael and Jennifer Ananstasiades, their children, Alex, 12, Mia, 11, and Kelsey, 6, along with Japanese teenager Natsu Sekii, took part in the free Milton-based Explore Japan program last summer, which is now in its 20th year. Jennifer Ananstasiades said it was a great learning adventure for her family and the young woman they hosted.