Vegemite is on the menu in Japan
JAPANESE school students will soon be able to determine if Vegemite is the world's best spread, or if it's plain and simply revolting.
A group of 24 students from St Luke's Anglican School left for Japan yesterday for a two week study tour.
Japanese teacher Matthew McKenzie said the students would be visiting the school's Sister City's high school in Settsu, Osaka.
"They will be staying with host families for the first six days and after that touring the rest of Japan," he said.
Many of the students will be catching up with familiar faces as Japan sent its students to Bundaberg for their July and August school break.
"Some of the students will be staying with the families they hosted when they were over here," Mr McKenzie said.
The tour gives students an opportunity to practise speaking Japanese they have learnt at school and to expose themselves to a different culture.
"I contacted the principal of our Sister City School in 2011 to get the relationship started," Mr McKenzie said.
"They first came out in 2012 and have been visiting here every year since. This is our second tour to Japan."
Mr McKenzie knows first hand what the St Luke's students will be going through - he was an exchange student to Japan when he was in Year 12 and then spent a year studying at a Japanese University.
But he expects it to be a big surprise for the students going from a regional area like Bundaberg to Osaka and then Tokyo, home to an estimated 13.3 million people.
Mr McKenzie has taken a bottle of Bundaberg Rum to a school principal in Japan before and it quickly became one of his favourite drinks.
"We also take Vegemite, koala bears and Tim Tams for the students, as well as a framed photo to give to the mayor of the city," said Mr McKenzie