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People of Kalamazoo: Visiting from Tokyo

Posted on August 20th, 2013
Kayla Kiley

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By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Mich. — “I’m all wet now!” giggled the little girl after running through sprinklers in Bronson Park.

This was about the 20th time that Sara Suzuki zoomed through what she called “the people car wash.”

“She even has her own dryer!” said her mom Sydne Suzuki, as she played into her daughter’s imagination and dried her off with a towel.

The Suzukis, of Tokyo, Japan, were recently in Kalamazoo to visit family.

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Sara Suzuki, of Tokyo, Japan, runs through what she called “the people car wash” at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. Sara was recently visiting family in greater Kalamazoo with her parents.

“We haven’t been down in Kalamazoo in a while, so I thought we’d come,” said Sydne, who grew up in the area.

“I would come to this park at Christmas time when it’s all decorated,” Sydne recalled. “I have the coolest picture of a horse in the snow. Whenever friends in Tokyo ask what Christmas is like, I show them the picture.”

People of Kalamazoo is a way to encounter the vibrant, fun and interesting humans who make up this beautiful community. They are both residents and visitors of Kalamazoo, who were discovered while they were simply enjoying our town.

Interested in contributing to People of Kalamazoo? Join us in collecting photos and stories from unique people on the streets! If you have your subject’s consent to share their high-resolution photos and stories with People of Kalamazoo, e-mail them to kkiley@discoverkalamazoo.com, and we’ll post them periodically on Discover Kalamazoo’s social sites. People of Kalamazoo is a project of Discover Kalamazoo.

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