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.

shall we dance movie posterWednesday, 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.

Teen TGIF anime charactersFriday, March 11, 3 – 5 pm, Patten Free Library: Teen TGIF celebrates Japan Culture Day

This is a great way for anime lovers to kick off this wonderful weekend! We’ll let you pick the episodes/movies you want to watch from our on-line subscriptions, or from our collections. We’ll show them on the big screen in the Community Room, and enjoy themed snacks, too. Join us!

woman in kimonoSaturday, March 12, 10 am – 2 pm, Patten Free Library community room, various activities, all ages welcome

Try your hand at a variety of Japanese activities:


  • See and feel beautiful traditional kimono, and try on some yukata (cotton everyday kimono)
  • Experiment with traditional woodblock printing
  • Speak and write Japanese
  • Fold some origami



Peace Tree from HiroshimaSaturday, March 12, 1:00 pm, Patten Free Library, The Peace Tree from Hiroshima

Join author and former Bath resident Sandra Moore as she reads and signs her children’s book The Peace Tree from Hiroshima.



Sake bottlesSaturday, March 12, 1 – 3 pm, Now You’re Cooking, sake tasting

Learn about–and sample–traditional Japanese sake (rice wine). Sushi and other Japanese snacks will also be available.


Archery demonstrationSaturday, March 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Dzogchen Meditation Center (4 Armstrong Way, West Bath), introduction to meditation and kyudo

A variety of activities organized by Tashi Armstrong from Dzogchen Meditation Center.  

9 am – 11 am: Introduction to zen meditation
12 pm – 1 pm: Oryoki Lunch
2 pm – 4 pm: Kyudo (archery) demonstration and beginner’s class (weather permitting) followed by zen brush calligraphy


Tohoku earthquake

Saturday, March 12, 2:30 pm – 4 pm, Patten Free Library, “The Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: Five Years Later”

Join Anne Hershberger, former Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program Coordinator, for an informal talk about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the aftereffects of which are still affecting Japanese society. She will show photos and film clips, share artifacts and memorabilia, and discuss what’s happening now.



The lap swimming will be rescheduled due to a conflict with other events at the Bath YMCA. Details to come!

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Bath YMCA, lap swimming, all ages welcome

Help us swim the distance between Tsugaru and Bath by doing laps at the YMCA. There’s 10,200 km between the sister cities, and to date, 5,525 km have been swum–we’re halfway there already!