Japanese Exchange Program

The LISD offers an annual exchange for Lenawee’s middle school students to host Japanese students and visit Japan. The exchanges with Moriyama (in Shiga prefecture) have a long history and a strong list of Lenawee students and teachers who have been positively affected by opening their minds and hearts to new experiences.

Middle School Exchange Program Overview

The LenaweeMoriyama, Japan Middle School Exchange Program aims to improve understanding between Japan and Lenawee County through active experiences and direct contact with a peer of another culture.

In this short term exchange, Lenawee County students are chosen to host students from Moriyama. Teacher chaperones are also selected to host the Moriyama delegation’s teachers. The Japanese delegation visits here around Halloween. This gives students and their families a chance to share several days of their lives during a fun season. A schedule is organized for the Japanese guests to give them a brief look at family life, school, and highlights of Michigan and its culture.

After the Japan delegation returns home, the Lenawee delegation meets several times in the following months to learn Japanese language and culture and to prepare for a trip to Moriyama in June. While in Japan, Lenawee County students have the opportunity to learn about family life while staying with the same person that they hosted over Halloween. The delegation also visits a Moriyama junior high school and sees highlights of the area around the city. In addition, they may take a two-day trip to Hiroshima to learn a part of Japan’s history and how the two countries intersected in less peaceful times. Partial scholarships are provided through donations by Adrian Noon Rotary Club, Anderson Development Company, the Japan Business Society of Detroit, and the United States-Japan Foundation.

2019-2020 Exchange

The annual LenaweeMoriyama, Japan Middle School Exchange will be offered for the 2019-20 school year beginning with the visit of Moriyama’s delegation in October 2019 and the Lenawee delegation traveling to Japan in June 2020.

2020-2021 Exchange

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2020-2021 Program Application Deadline: March 27, 2020

Student Application

Background Check Form

Educator/Chaperone Application

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Meeting Schedule

Video Transcript (Accessible)

High School Exchange Opportunity

If you’re a high school student, information about Michigan supported educational exchanges with Shiga prefecture can be found at the link below.

Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange (MSHSE)