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25th Anniversary Of Tobu-Kamikita Kittery Cultural Exchange A Big Success!

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:36 PM by Seth Cole   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 8:22 AM ]
The 25th anniversary celebration of the Tobu-Kamikita Kittery Cultural Exchange was a big success! Every April the town of Kittery welcomes twelve Japanese students and their chaperones for a week long cultural exchange, with this year's guests arriving on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The students come from Oirase and Rokunohe in the prefecture of Aomori. During their stay, the students are hosted by Shapleigh School students and their families.

Festivities kicked off in earnest on Wednesday, April 25 with the Welcoming Assembly. This event featured the introduction of the Japanese homestay students and adult guests, remarks from Kittery Superintendent Eric Waddell and Rokunohe Superintendent Takayuki Takiguchi, and performances from Shapleigh's fourth grade chorus and its "Seussical" cast. Thursday's highlight was a series of "Cultural Presentations" from the Japanese homestay students. Friday featured a trip to New Heights in Portsmouth.

For pictures of events from throughout the week, visit Shapleigh's Facebook page (thank you to Kerry Waters and Blayne Matty for the pictures).

Click here to watch the Welcoming Assembly (approximately 69 minutes in length).

Click here to watch the Cultural Presentation given to Shapleigh fifth graders (approximately 42 minutes in length).