Omihachiman Goodwill Mission
We actively promote the Goodwill Mission project, which is a yearly cultural exchange of students and citizens. Every year students from Omihachiman and Grand Rapids participate in exchanges. Students from Japan typically come in March to Grand Rapids, staying with host families for about two weeks. Every other year, citizens from Grand Rapids participate in an official delegation to Omihachiman, where they are immersed into the culture through host families, excursions in Japan, and the famous gift giving exchange with the Mayor of Omihachiman. On the alternating years, arranged for 2010, citizens from Omihachiman come to Grand Rapids and are exposed to the Great Lakes summer. These exchanges are a wonderful opportunity, and an important part of achieving our mission. If you are interested in participating or would like to be a host family, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shiga Goodwill Mission
The state of Michigan has a sister state relationship with the Shiga Prefecture area in Japan which includes the city of Omihachiman.
Michigan delegates are currently being sought for the 2015 goodwill mission to Shiga. Read the details here: Michigan/Shiga Goodwill Mission
The Omihachiman committee Sponsors monthly J-Chat sessions (wherein attendees learn about Japanese language and culture) on the first Monday of each month at Schuler Books on 28th Street.