Another Front Page Story!

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The Bath-Tsugaru Exchange Program made the front page of the Times Record again last Thursday. The article showcases the highlights from both the trip to Tsugaru and the hosting program in the Bath area, which concluded on Monday, August 17th. You can check out the full article here at the Times Record Online
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Orientation Session #4: Ready for take off

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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

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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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Orientation Session #3

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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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A Message from the Tsugaru City CIR

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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...
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Resources for Hosts

Interested in hosting, but want to do a little more research? Curious about the pros and cons of the hosting experience? Uneasy about the potential obstacles of hosting a student from a completely different cultural and linguistic background? This page is your one-stop resource shop for all things hosting! Hosting resource Hosting resource Hosting resource Hosting resource Hosting resource Feel free to browse around! And email us if you stumble across a helpful link you'd like to shar...
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抽選会!Lottery Drawing for Tsugaru Travelers to Bath

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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 ent...
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Orientation Session #2: Another SUCCESS

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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

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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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