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Mino Boston Exchange Program

In early September of 2017, the Cultural Exchange Initiative — a program created by Mikiyo Hattori and her childhood friends — was launched to bring visitors to the city of Mino in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture.  It aims is to provide massive cultural exposure to native English speakers who wish to master the Japanese language. For Japanese children, the program provided numerous English classes taught by these native English speakers.  For language students, it gave them the opportunity to live in a Japanese rural community while improving their skills at speaking, listening, writing and reading Japanese. This massive exposure to Japanese and English people will lead towards language immersion, as well as having two different cultures exchanging their values, traditions, knowledge, beliefs, arts, habits, laws and history.
Through the program, we believe we can help participants achieve their personal goals, with the local communities in New England and the city of Mino becoming true multicultural societies.


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