The Japan America Society of St. Louis has been awarded a grant from the NAJAS/Tomodachi Grassroots Exchange Program for 2013 and 2014. The goal of this grant is to invest in the next generation of Japanese and American people and deepen relations between the two countries through grassroots level people to people exchanges. Our program, the 2014 St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program, will take six to eight students and two young adults to Ishinomaki for one week from/around July 26 to August 4, 2014. Ishinomaki is one of the most affected areas of Tohoku from the March 11 Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011. Ishinomaki is located north of Tokyo, near Sendai. It takes 6 hours by car or 3 hours by train from Tokyo to Ishinomaki. During a one week visit to Ishinomaki, American visitors will tour the affected areas, visit volunteer groups who have been involved in the long-term re-construction efforts, and participate in a two-day festival of Ishinomaki, Kawabiraki (River Opening) Festival, which will celebrate its 91st anniversary next year.
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