2019 Mino-Boston Exchange Program

The 2019 Mino-Boston Exchange Program will feature two different learning experiences: intense Japanese offered by our partner, the YAMASA institution, from August 22nd to August 31st; and cultural immersion in the city of Mino from August 31st to September 4th.

One of the goals of this program is to help you discover your potential by providing you with unique cultural exchange opportunities. For example, sharing your life experiences with Japanese students, improving your Japanese language skills, and joining a local Japanese community.

This year, we received a large number of applications from various channels. Due to limited resources, we faced many difficult choices. We are confident each candidate's unique talents and perspective will deeply enrich both the Mino and the American community you will join on this exchange.

Mikiyo Hattori
Founder and President

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Meet Our 2019 Participants

Bill Chiem
20s / 👦

Bill is currently a Japanese language student in Showa Boston. He recently graduated from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and will continue his study at Boston's one of the top schools.

Alexandria Forte
20s / 👧

Alexandria is currently a Japanese language student in Showa Boston. She is an artist and also working in the Providence, Rhode Island. She is also a student at the Community College of Rhode Island and will tranfer to the University of Rhode Island.

Luis Guerra
20s / 👦

Luis is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a private language tutor. He also has working experience in the retail industry.

Bob Graham
60s / 👦

Bob has been studying Japanese for a long time at Showa Boston and he is currently an assistant organizer for a group of people to practice Japanese and English. He is an editor.
Julie Huynh
20s / 👧

Julie is currently a student at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has studied abroad before in Korea and China. She has been studying Japanese for two years.
Lei Lek In
20s / 👦

Lek In is currently a Japanese language student in Showa Boston. He is also studying for a music degree at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He is a pianist.

Doug Smith
20s / 👦

Doug is a Meetup organizer for the Boston Japanese & English Language Club. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently working as a web developer in Boston.

Bingnan Zhou
20s / 👦

Bingnan is currently a Japanese language student in Showa Boston. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and is now working in Boston.

What We Do

The 2019 Mino-Boston Exchange program will have following activities.

2019 schedule

Want to know more?

Please download our 2019 Program Handbook.

2019 Program Handbook

What We Do

The 2019 Mino-Boston Exchange Program will have following activities.

Want to know more?

Please download our 2019 Program Handbook.

2019 Program Handbook

Culture exchange between Mino & Boston

The Mino-Boston Exchange Program aims promoting understanding between Japan and US especially focuses on local community Mino-city, Gifu-prefecture and the greater area of Boston by enriching English language education and cultural exchange at the local level.

This program is jointly organized by the Cultural Exchange Initiative, the Mino Boston Club and Mino City in Japan.


Intensive Japanese Course

Intensive Japanese language course taught at our local partner school with the opportunity to practice conversational skills with natives.

Weekend Excursions

Various cultural excursions to different parts of Japan, such as Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto. Excursions include touring museums and historical landmarks.


Cultural Immersion

Join the local community in the Mino City and engage in their day-to-day lives.

And more

2019 mino-boston exchange program information session

We had our 2019 Information Session on April 27th at Showa Boston. Please watch our recorded video to know about this program.

Application Timeline

Late April

Information Sessions

May 12th

Application Deadline

Mid May


Late May

Result Announcement

Program History

  • September 2017

    Our Humble Beginnings

    The Mino/Boston Exchange Program started.

  • August 2018

    2018 Program

    17 days, 7 schools and numerous exchange experience in Mino City, Japan, reported by 3 news paper articles and 1 cable TV Program.

    Media Report

    2018 Review

Source: http://www.mino-city.jp

Mino City, Japan

Mino is a city located in Gifu, Japan. You can learn more about Mino-city by watching the program below or follow the Mino City Offcial Website and Facebook.

Watch Chiune Sugihara Video

Watching the NHK Program

Mino City Official Website

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Mino-Boston Exchange Program

Applicants should have basic Japanese language proficiency to communicate with local people in basic daily life.


Scholarship Program

Applicants are recommended to join our information sessions. The date will be posted later on the website. You can contact us for more information.

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