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.
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!
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
Join author and former Bath resident Sandra Moore as she reads and signs her children’s book The Peace Tree from Hiroshima.
Learn about–and sample–traditional Japanese sake (rice wine). Sushi and other Japanese snacks will also be available.
A variety of activities organized by Tashi Armstrong from Dzogchen Meditation Center.
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!
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!