The Sakura Science Program is an exchange program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) that gives young people the opportunity to experience both Japan’s cutting-edge science and technology and culture. Through this program, the Institute for Chemical Research accepted seven undergraduate and master’s students from University of Colombo, a top university in Sri Lanka, for one week in November. The students received daily meticulous guidance in a laboratory of their choice and experienced experiments using state-of-the-art equipment. They also interacted with young researchers and faculty members of ICR from a wide range of fields through the meetings. As a result, they were able to expand their international network beyond their own fields. We look forward to their future, as they expressed their interest to study at Kyoto University.