Welcome – Yokoso

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A historical relationship between Bath and Shariki village, now part of Tsugaru City, has grown into a sister-city relationship between the two communities and a sister-state relationship between Maine and the Aomori region of Japan.

Every year, students from the Bath and Tsugaru areas participate in an overseas exchange to better understand each other’s culture. Bath has the most active sister-city exchange program in the State of Maine! The program welcomes new members, sponsors, volunteers and interested travelers, so please invite your friends!

The Bath-Tsugaru Sister-City Exchange Program has undergone a makeover in the past year. For many years, this group has been led by volunteer Deborah Patten. She has been an excellent and devoted organizer.

The Bath-Tsugaru program is an official non-profit organization with a Board of Directors and membership base, and works closely with Regional School Unit 1 and the City of Bath. In 2010, a Coordinator position has been added to support the program.

As a traveler or family of a traveler, you are already a member of the organization. We currently receive sponsorships from the City of Bath and RSU1 and are seeking additional sponsors. We are also asking for a low membership fee of $10 each year per family/individual to keep the program solvent.

Please contact the Program Coordinator Cindy Matthews for more information: cmatthews@rsu1.org.