Coverage of Culture Day in the Times Record

JAPANESE CULTURE DAY Bath community marks student exchange with events BY NATHAN STROUT Times Record Staff This Saturday marks Japanese Culture Day in Bath, and local businesses and organizations are working with the Bath-Tsugaru Student Exchange to host a series of events to immerse Bath residents in Japanese culture. “We do (Japanese Culture Day) every year as a way to honor and keep visible the sister-city partnership between Bath and Tsugaru,” said Anne Schlitt, president of the B...

Coverage of Culture Day in the Forecaster

Bath to celebrate Japanese culture, friendship The Forecaster, February 22, 2017 By Alex Lear BATH — A friendship forged from tragedy nearly 130 years ago will be celebrated March 4 on Japanese Culture Day. Japanese residents cared for survivors of a Bath-built ship that wrecked offshore of Skariki, Japan, in 1889. A century later, a delegation of officials from Shariki – which later merged with four other villages to form Tsugaru City – traveled to Bath to propose a formal s...

March 4, 2017 is Japanese Culture Day

It's that time of year again! Liven up midwinter with a day dedicated to all things Japanese in and around Bath. Sample some sake, try on kimono and take some selfies, experiment with writing your name in Japanese characters, practice zen meditation, watch a martial arts demo...the list goes on! All confirmed events are below. All events are free! Dzogchen Meditation Center, 9 - 11 am Zen meditation practice Patten Free Library, 11 am - 3 pm Story time, dress-up, and selfies in the...

Tsugaru Students Start Visit

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 ...

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...

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 (unles...

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...

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 ...