A TOUCH of the Orient came to Hartlepool when town students sampled a range of traditional Japanese activities.
Young people found out about opportunities to study in the Far East at the Japan Day and Student Fair which was held at Hartlepool Maritime Experience.
As well as information about the range of subjects on offer to British students in Japan universities, visitors also got to try activities such as Manga drawing, calligraphy and orgigami.
Japanese food such as sushi and sake was also served up to locla dignitaries at a reception afterwards.
The event was spearheaded by Doshisha University which is in Kyoto and is one of the Japan’s oldest universities.
Universities there are offering generous scholarships to British students to study abroad.
And they dpo not even need to learn the language as full degree courses are available in English.
Academics hope more will be attracted to Japam in response to the high student fees to study in the UK.
Professor Gregory Poole, Dean of the Institute for Liberal Afairs at Doshisha University, said: “While Europe may seem like the obvious choice, for students looking for an outstanding location and experience, we provide academic excellence coupled with a truly international atmosphere and competitive tuition fees.”