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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Join the PSU Center for Japanese Studies January 27th at 6pm Portland on Zoom for the second installment in our winter series “The Illusion of Homogeneity: Race, Gender, and Poverty in Contemporary Japan,”  The lecture is titled, Naomi Osaka: Defining the Activist Athlete in Twenty-First Century Japan, by Alisa Freedman, Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon. FREE.
Dear All,  Happy Holidays ! Stay safe and healthy.   Let us all welcome a great new year.   --- photo taken at Santa Paws Pet Photo event 2021 - by Oregon Humane Society.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ebetsu friends to our Gresham friends. On Saturdays, some of my Sapporo Gakuin University students meet online with Mt. Hood Community College Japanese club students. We are really looking forward to the day when we can meet face-to-face here in Hokkaido or in Oregon. Best wishes for 2022! 江別の友人からグレシャムの友人へ、メリークリスマス、そしてハッピーニューイヤー。土曜日には、私の札幌学院大学の学生たちが、マウントフッド・コミュニティーカレッジの日本語クラブの学生たちとオンラインで会っています。北海道やオレゴンで顔を合わせられる日を楽しみにしています。2022年、よろしくお願いします。

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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

Thank you to our Benefactors