LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN)- Tuesday evening more than 150 Japanese students will prepare to say "goodbye" to the Capital City.
They're here as part of a pen pal program, they say they began the program as strangers and are now leaving as family.
This is the fifteenth year Lux Middle School has paired with students from Japan and local families.
The Japanese students attending Senshu University have already spent the entire week in Nebraska.
During their week in Nebraska Japanese students have stayed at University of Nebraska or Doane University to learn English and American history.
Over the weekend, they got to experience life with an American family during the home stay experience.
The Kasik family is one of 79 families that welcomed the students into their homes as part of the program.Tuesday morning the family started their day at the mall to get one final shopping spree in before their 12 hour flight back home.
The girls eagerly walked around grabbing things that would remind them of their time in Lincoln, and gifts to bring back to family .
All Japanese Senshu students and American families will hold a farewell pizza party at Holmes lake Tuesday evening.
Students will sing traditional songs and fest before their early flight Wednesday morning.