Dr. Miwako Hayashi, associate professor of family and consumer sciences education at Mie University in Japan, visited the family education program at the University of Minnesota from September 21 to September 30, 2006. The purpose of Dr. Hayashi's visit was to gain a better understanding of the professional and Graduate School programs offered at the University in the area of family education. To do this, she interviewed family education faculty, attended courses they were teaching, and participated in a faculty meeting. This is Dr. Hayashi's second visit to the University of Minnesota. In 2000, she visited the family education program for the purpose of better understanding the family and consumer sciences programs offered at the middle and high school levels. At that time, Dr. Hayashi and two of her colleagues visited several middle and high schools in the Twin Cities area.