Tsugaru Students Start Visit

Japanese students swam laps at the Bath YMCA to help bridge the distance between Tsugaru and Bath
BY BEN GOODRIDGE Times Record Staff The city of Bath on Monday welcomed 12 ninth graders from Tsugaru, Japan, in what has been a successful exchange program between the two cities since 1990. A tour of Maine Maritime Museum and a barbecue on the banks of the Kennebec River kicked off their 10-day visit. “The student exchange is a really great community activity,” said Anne Schlitt, president of the nonprofit organization in charge of the program. “Bath has opened their arms to Tsugaru and Tsugaru has done the same to us.” A group of Bath students will leave for Japan ne...

Mayfair Raffle: Win Prizes from Local Businesses, Support Our Travelers

Drawing Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 2:00pm Library Park, Bath Need not be present to win! Donation: $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets Each year, the City of Bath holds a giant yard sale called Mayfair in Library Park. We will have a booth, selling all sorts of good stuff, with proceeds going to our 2016 student travelers. But that's not all! In addition to selling, we are also offering a raffle. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local businesses and organizations, we have a truly amazing lineup of prizes to offer. Take a look--tickets will be sold at Mayfair itself, and our Board members and ...

Wish List: Help Us Entertain Our Japanese Visitors

Japanese travelers at Popham Beach
As we prepare for our Japanese visitors this summer (July 24 - August 1), we are eager to defray some of the costs of their activities and the materials we will use for orientation handouts, etc. Here is a list of things we're working on--if you are able to support any of these activities or items, we would be deeply grateful.   This list will be updated weekly so please check back with us often. When you donate an item or cash we will give you due credit on our Donors list (unless you wish to remain anonymous). We are able to send you a tax-deductible receipt for your rec...

Seeking Host Families

Hosting dates are July 24 – August 1, 2016. People from Bath and surrounding towns have been forging new friendships with Tsugaru visitors for over 25 years. Hosting a student or adult from Tsugaru is an authentic opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture from the comforts of your home in Maine! I’d like to host! What do I do next? Fill out the host family application and send it to Jen Jones, Program Coordinator. What is required of host families? Hosting expectations include: Providing a bedroom for your visitor(s) Participating in the large group welcome and...

2016 travel to Tsugaru is full!

Students dressing up in yukata
It's official--we have a sold-out group of 15 travelers going to Tsugaru, Japan from August 3 through August 16. The group includes nine students (four from Bath Middle School, two from Morse High School, and three from Brunswick High School) plus six adult chaperones. Our intrepid travelers all got together on Friday, April 1 to do some fundraising for their trip at Bath Iron Works. They dressed in colorful yukata and decorative hats and successful raised over $1000 for the cause--thank you BIW employees! Our group is looking forward to their homestay in Tsugaru, swimming in the Chesebo...

Five questions with…Bath-Tsugaru’s new president

Anne Schlitt
The Times Record, March 1, 2016, by Daneem Kim The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program recently appointed Anne Schlitt as the new president of its board of directors. She will be replacing Andy Bailes, who served as president last year and succeeded Deborah Patten’s 15 years of leadership. Schlitt, a Michigan native who now lives in Phippsburg, is no stranger to Japanese culture. She taught English to high school students in Ako, Japan for three years through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program after graduating from college. After she moved to Maine and discovered Bath’s con...

Bath sister city program taps new president

Anne Schlitt
The Forecaster, February 24, 2016, by Alex Lear BATH — The new president of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is no stranger to Japan. The board on Feb. 10 elected Phippsburg resident Anne Schlitt, a member since 2014, to head the organization. She replaced Andy Bailes, who succeeded Dr. Deborah Patten a year ago. Patten led the program for 15 years. Schlitt, a Michigan native who is assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council, spent three years in Ako, Japan, after college graduation, teaching English to high school students as part of the Japan Exchange and Teachi...

Join us for Japan Culture Day on March 12, 2016

Get rid of the midwinter doldrums with a full day of free activities for all ages highlighting Japanese culture and celebrating 25+ years of friendship between Bath and Tsugaru, Japan. Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Patten Free Library: Screening of Shall We Dance (1996) The film tells the warm, frequently funny story of an uptight Japanese accountant whose midlife crisis takes him on a journey of personal discovery in a Tokyo dance class. Free admission and refreshments. Friday, March 11, 3 - 5 pm, Patten Free Library: Teen TGIF celebrates Japan Culture Day This is a grea...

Another Front Page Story!

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The Bath-Tsugaru Exchange Program made the front page of the Times Record again last Thursday. The article showcases the highlights from both the trip to Tsugaru and the hosting program in the Bath area, which concluded on Monday, August 17th. You can check out the full article here at the Times Record Online

2015 Bath Heritage Days Parade

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A wonderful mix of old and new joined in the parade festivities to celebrate the 4th of July in Bath, Maine today.  We had past, present and future travelers helping carry the beautiful, authentic Aomori Nebuta float through the streets of Downtown Bath.  Bath participants enjoyed gearing up in Japanese yukatas and Nebuta hats and were well received by the Bath community.  Special thanks to David Koepke for sharing the float with the Maine-Aomori exchanges!