Orientation Session #4: Ready for take off

We just wrapped up our final orientation session for the 2015 Travelers who will head to Tsugaru July 28th.  This session covered trip itineraries in Tsugaru and Tokyo, hotel/ryokan/host family accommodations, Japanese numbers 101 (time, money, counting, metric system etc), Eastern/Western toilets, the basics for using onsens/sento and many more language tips.  The students are psyched to head out in a couple of weeks! Here we come...........!
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Meet the 2015 Maine Host Families

Lots of information shared at last night's Host Family Meetup.  We are so fortunate to have 13 families hosting 21 visitors this summer!  Many of our hosts have previously lived or traveled to Japan.  And we have a couple of families who have previously hosted and/or traveled to Tsugaru through this exchange program. The experience and background that this particular group of hosts have to offer this year is outstanding!  *THANK YOU for your support!* Our orientation session went over hosting...
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2015 Bath Heritage Days Parade

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!  
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Orientation Session #3

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 travel...
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Orientation Session #2: Another SUCCESS

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 learni...
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URGENT: HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

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 ...
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April 18th Culture Day

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 y...
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Orientation Session #1: Success!

Last weekend, the 2015 Tsugaru Program participants met at Bowdoin College for the first in a 4-part orientation session.  We had an excellent turn out of almost 25 member of this year's travelers to Tsugaru and host families in Maine.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful people ready to meet and greet the people of Tsugaru!  Doumo arigatou gozaimasu! This interactive orientation session included a 'meishi' (business card) interview game, 'ohashi' (chop sticks) relay race and restauran...
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