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As part of the sister city friendship between the two cities of Bath, Maine and Tsugaru (Shariki), Japan, a group of high school students from Morse High School, along with family members and chaperones, will be off to Japan. After their flight from Portland, they will board Japan Rail's bullet train to the north. Below you will find the highlights, along with other pertinent information.

July 24 -August 7, 2007


Tuesday, July 24

3:30 AM! - Leave for Portland Airport
4:45 AM - Arrival at Portland Airport and check in.
Portland - Newark - CO Flight #2659 -- Lv. 6:15 AM
Arrive Newark International - Ar. 7:42 AM
Newark - Tokyo - CO Flight #9 - Lv. 11:10 AM

Wednesday, July 25

Arrive Tokyo - Narita - Ar. 1:55 PM
Transfer to Tokyo's central train station. Board Japan's famous bullet train and arrive in Aomori somewhere between 10 and 11 PM. Meet host families, go to your individual homes in Tsugaru, and finally sleep.

Thursday, July 26

Visit to Cheseborough memorial and Takayama Inari Shrine. Visit to the Mayor's office and Welcome Party.

Friday, July 27

Visit to the Maruko Museum near City Hall. See Japan's oldest apple tree and Buried Forest. Participate in Tsugaru's Nebuta Matsuri celebration.

Saturday, July 28

Host family day.

Sunday, July 29

Host family day.

Monday, July 30

Swimming at Magua Beach. Visit to Morita Earth Village, including shaminsen performance, stargazing, and onsen. Overnight at Earth Village.

Tuesday, July 31

Wara craftmaking and recreation time at Earth Village.

Wednesday, August 1

Visit to Tachineputa Museum and have lunch at Earthtop. Cultural exchange at a local high school. Chaperone dinner in the evening.

Thursday, August 2

Visit a local high school, shrine and Kaneyama Pottery.

Friday, August 3

Visit to the Governor and time for shopping in Aomori

Saturday, August 4

Host family day and Cheseborough Cup Welcome Party at Magua Beach.

Sunday, August 5

Bath - Tsugaru Sister City Cheseborough Cup Swim race

Monday, August 6

Shopping time at Jusco. Sayonara Party with host families in the evening.

Tuesday, August 7

Take bullet train back to Tokyo airport.
Arrive at airport about 1:30 PM.
Tokyo - Newark - CO Flight #8 Lv. 4:30 PM
Arrive Newark Airport - Ar. 4:30 PM
Newark - Portland - CO Flight #3056 Lv. 9:00 PM
Arrive Portland Airport - Ar. 10:38 PM

Just as a reminder, here is a list of "dates" to remember:

Sunday, July 15
Balance of payment on rail passes due

Tuesday, July 23

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