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.

2017 visit to Japan is scheduled in summer and the informational meeting is on January 29, 2017 2:00 p.m. at Bloomington Airport Conference Room on the 2nd floor.

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.


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

Anniversary Exchanges

Asahikawa and Bloomington-Normal celebrate their friendship every 5 years.

55th Anniversary is to be celebrated in Asahikawa in early August, 2017. City officials and many frieds of B/N Sister Cities are planning to visit Japan. Contact for details.