Junior Ambassador

The Junior Ambassador program is a short term experience occurring each June for up to 15 students from Bloomington-Normal. We host up to 15 students from Asahikawa in March.

2018 visit to Japan is scheduled in summer and the informational meeting is on January 21, 2018 2:00 p.m. at Bloomington Airport Conference Room on the 2nd floor. Please use short-term parking closest to the building.

Contact Toyoka Nishihara for details.

High School

Beginning in 1968, the high school exchange program is the premiere program of the Sister Cities Committee. One student is selected annually to live and go to school in Asahikawa and Bloomington-Normal for 10 months.

The high school application and selection process for the 2018-2019 school year has closed and the selected student will be announced on November 19, 2017. The start of the 2019-2020 student application process will begin in August, 2018.


Frequently asked questions about our junior ambassador and high school exchange programs.

Anniversary Exchanges

Bloomington Normal and its sister city, Asahikawa, Japan just celebrated their 55th anniversary in Japan. Photo album to come!