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!
2015 Travelers to Tsugaru are 6 weeks away from embarking on a trip of a lifetime!
They are psyched to say the least!
Read all about it HERE.
The 2015 Travelers met last Saturday @ the Patten Free Library Community Room to dig into more 'trip-specific' information. Topics included: transportation, religion, omiyage and more language review/practice. The students are so anxious to embark on this experience!
The students were also given some "homework" which included: making an "All About Me" photo book to share with Tsugaru people and creating a diary/scrapbook to use as a resource in Japan and a keepsake post-Japan.
Each traveler was also given a pen pal from a Tokyo university called: Musashi University. Pen pals were instr...
Dear Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program board members, participants, and families,
My name is Inga Strinz, and I have been the Coordinator for International Relations at the City Office in Tsugaru since July of 2014. I’m writing this message to all of you to encourage you to reach out to me with questions or concerns regarding the exchange. Since I am based in Tsugaru, there may be areas where I am not able to resolve your query, but I will do my best to support the program on the Bath side in any way I can.
A little background information about me and my position: I am at Tsugaru...
Last Friday the Tsugaru Sister City Association held a lottery drawing to pick the final four lucky travelers bound for Bath this summer! Tsugaru saw an unprecedented 42 applications come in this year, but the participant cap for travelers is set at 18 students. With 14 9th graders already confirmed, all that was left was to gather everyone together and draw four names to fill out our roster. This is the first year a lottery has ever been held for the program, but hopefully we’ll see another enthusiastic turnout for next year’s program!
Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for updates—ea...
We enjoyed another educational, engaging and entertaining Orientation Session on Saturday May 2nd @ Bowdoin College. Mitsuki Nishimoto, our Bath-Tsugaru Intern and Bowdoin student of Japanese, put on another helpful workshop aimed at preparing travelers and host families for this summer's cross-cultural exchange. Topics included: cultural customs, a virtual tour of a Japanese home and preparing formal introductions (of which the Japanese are quite fond of). Also, the day focused on learning Japanese numbers, so we could learn how to talk about money, time and our age. Students worked wi...
We are expecting an unusually large group of travelers from Tsugaru this summer. Please consider helping us out by hosting a middle school student (or two) during their visit August 10-17. Our host families come from all over: Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Woolwich, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Freeport, Damariscotta and more. Awesome opportunity to make a life-long friend in Japan!
Host Family req's are in the flyer below and include a 7 night stay with daily breakfast and dinner. During the day, the travelers will be with me checking out Phippsburg, Harpswell and Bath and host families can enjoy on...
We are excited to offer many great activities for families and friends to enjoy on the morning and afternoon of April 18th!
Activities include: Japanese folktales and kid's games, Japanese board game "Go" workshop, beginner Japanese language class, origami demonstration, archery practice (kyudo) and a sake tasting event! All activities are FREE and open to the public! Please note we are selling a tickets for the tea ceremony and tickets can be purchased at The Mustard Seed (in Bath) to RSVP your spot. Seats are limited!
Don't forget the 'kick off' Manga event this Friday night @ the...
The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program made the front page of the March 30th edition of The Times Record. With new leadership and renewed vigor, we have high hopes for this year's program, as well as future exchanges. Read an excerpt and access the full article below:
Calling all with wanderlust, the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is seeking travelers who are interested in experiencing Japanese culture firsthand through a 10-day homestay in northern Japan this summer.
The exchange program takes place every summer, with students and adults from Midcoast Maine traveli...
This is the Bath-Tsugaru Exchange Program's 25th year of service and cross-cultural exchange between students and families in Maine and Aomori. We want to say THANK YOU for helping make our organization the largest cultural exchange program in the state of Maine! Join us for a full day of Japanese events, activities, workshops and demonstrations! All events are FREE and open to the public! Please see the detailed itinerary for the events here: Program Page 1 ・ Program Page 2
Please note that the Japanese dinner and taiko performance have been postponed. Stay tuned for information about ...