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...
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 ...
We are happy to share the great successes of this year's Japanese Culture Day! It was so heartwarming to see the turnout of Mainers enthusiastic about learning about Japan and deepening our sister city bond.
Click here to view pictures of the event!
Both travelers and host families will get plenty of help in preparing with our orientation sessions, led by students and faculty from the Bowdoin College Japanese Department.
Travelers are required to attend four mandatory orientation sessions. The sessions will be comprised of community building activities, short lectures, role plays, simulations and cultural demonstrations. Think of it as a fun, entertaining, engaging and educational ‘culture’ workshop! Some of ...
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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...
The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program made the front page of the March 30th edition of The Times Record. With new leadership and renewed vigor, we have high hopes for this year's program, as well as future exchanges. Read an excerpt and access the full article below:
Calling all with wanderlust, the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is seeking travelers who are interested in experiencing Japanese culture firsthand through a 10-day homestay in northern Japan this summer.
The first two information sessions for the August 2015 trip to Tsugaru are coming right up:
Monday Dec. 8th
Bath Middle School - Home Ec. Room
Thursday Dec. 11th
Morse High School - Room 117
If you are interested in learning more from our Bath Coordinator, Anne Hershberger this is your chance.
Summer 2014 included successful and exciting visits, with the Midcoast group visiting Tsugaru in July and a contingent from Tsugaru visiting Bath in early August.
Travelogues from the Japan trip were printed in the Times Record Labor Day edition and are available here.
Coordinators at both ends of the exchange are moving on.
Jacob Derector from Bath is completing his years in Tsugaru as the international coordinator, and Inga Strinz from the Midwest is the new person taking over.
If you or someone you know would be interested in travelling to Japan next Summer with our group -- take this opportunity to find out more about the program.
Program Coordinator Cindy Matthews will be leading an informational session Sunday March 2nd at 1:30 at the Bath Area Family YMCA
We are traveling to Tsugaru July 30-August 11 and are still looking for interested travelers!