GESCA is a volunteer-run,  non-profit organization based in Gresham, Oregon.

Our sister city is Ebetsu, located in Hokkaido, Japan.


グレッシャㇺ姉妹都市協会(GESCA) はボランティア会員運営の非営利団体です。

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Yesterday I went to the Cultural event at Main city park. I saw the Koto-Kai performance and the Ikebana Demonstration by Nana-Sensei. I had a lot of fun and wanted to share a couple of the pictures I took from the event. I look forward to future events!
Summer Cultural Series on the 24th Saturday: Koto Music (1:00pm to 2:15pm) and flower arrangement demonstration (3:00pm to 5:00pm)
Have fun!
Limo is a hard working professional dog at Chitose Airport near Ebetsu. You might see him when you go visit next time !

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Thank you Nakata-san. I will share this post!

Summer Cultural Series on the 10th Saturday: Origami (Noon to 2:00pm) and Koto music by Oregon Koto-kai (1:00pm to 2:15pm)

Have fun!
Zoom exchange program between Japanese language students at MHCC (Mt. Hood Community College) and students at SGU (Sapporo Gakuin University) in Japan celebrated the first anniversary on Friday 7/2. This exchange started on 7/3 last year because of the cancellation of their study abroad programs due to the pandemic. They kept meeting weekly over Zoom to talk on many different topics and understand each other’s cultures. They are really looking forward to meeting each other in person next year. Until then, they plan to keep meeting every Friday evening (Saturday morning in Japan).

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I really enjoyed this exchange and you can see my face--second from top right. I am a English communication teacher at Sapporo Gakuin University, located in Ebetsu, and I am very much looking forward to some face-to-face exchange next year. 🙂

4 weeks ago


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: July 1st, 2021 9:50 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. – Due to recent hot temperatures and dry conditions, Gresham City Council has joined many other cities around the region in banning the use of all fireworks, both legal and illegal, effective immediately. Gresham Police can issue a fine up to $2,500 for violations of the City’s emergency order.

“I urge residents to celebrate responsibly with family and friends, with food and games, and in compliance with the fireworks ban, so that we may all enjoy a safe and fire-free Independence Day,” said Gresham Fire Chief Mitch Snyder.

Use the non-emergency Police number to report fireworks at 503-823-3333. Reserve calling 911 unless there is a fire, or you think someone, or something, is in danger.
Keeping our 911 system free for active fires and medical emergencies will save lives. Gresham Police anticipate a heavy call volume and will be prioritizing calls based on the level of threat and urgency.

Gresham Fire investigates all fires; if your fireworks are discovered to be the cause of a fire, you could be held responsible.

The City issued this ban through an emergency declaration; the ban will remain in effect until July 9 and may be extended if conditions warrant.
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Summer Cultural Series,  June 19th Saturday: Ikebana flower arrangement demonstration 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and Shinobue Bamboo Flute 1 :00 pm to 2:15pm. Enjoy!🙂
A geisha with a red parasol

Cultural Events

‘Skosh’ is being rebranded as ‘Cultural Events’. GESCA plans to sponsor Cultural Events as a new way of sharing Japanese culture with those who attend. Keep checking back for when events are scheduled.

Student Exchange

The Student Exchange program is a partnership with our sister city Ebetsu, Japan.

Tsuru Island

Tsuru Island has its own website. Go to:

or contact Jim Card, Gresham Japanese Garden, PO Box 673, Boring OR 97009

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