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Larisa’s School Festival Scare

Larisa During my stay in Ebetsu, my host sister, Koha, and our friends took me to another school festival. They really wanted to go into the haunted house that one class had made. I am not a person who enjoys haunted houses, but decided to give it a try. We went in...

Kinokuniya bookstore opens in Portland

2019-08-22 After sitting empty for more than a decade, the Guild Theatre finally has a new tenant.  Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya opened yesterday in the historic former movie theater, selling manga, comics, stationery and a whole section dedicated to Studio Ghibli...

Report on Ebetsu Exchange – Jan/Feb 2019

Thank you to all for all you did - especially the host families! Ron Ture, Ebetsu exchange co-chair Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association As in years past, the GESCA high school student exchange began in the fall, when Barry Busse and Byerly Woodward collected host...

TESTIMONIES FROM AMERICAN HOST MOTHERS

2019-02-11 message from Kathy Raymond We want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity of being able to participate in the Ebetsu Student Exchange program. You did a great job in matching the students up with the host families. We told Rin she was welcome back any...

NEW YEARS GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR OF EBETSU

December 22nd, 2017 Dear President Ron Ture, I hope this letter finds you and the people of Gresham well and in good health.  Snow has gathered on the nanakamado in Ebetsu, bringing us to the heart of the winter season. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my...

TESTIMONY FROM JAPANESE HOST MOTHER

2017-10-07 – letter from parent of Ebetsu exchange student. Dear GESCA President Ron Ture, My name is Makiko Numata.  This is my first time to write to you.  I am very happy that you came to Ebetsu City. My daughter Noa visited Gresham City as an exchange student in...

EXCHANGE STUDENTS GO ON TO STUDY AT JAPANESE UNIVERSITY

2016-10-07 by Tomiko: One of our fabulous students, Ashley …. was in the Japanese language program at Reynolds, involved in being a host family and then was an exchange student through the Gresham – Ebetsu Sister City Association, and was one of our most active...