Entries by Ben Mirin

Trailer: “Sister Cities” Web Series by Ben Mirin, CIR

By Ben Mirin, CIR Ten weeks. Ten episodes. Ten in-depth interviews with citizens of Nanae, Japan. Join me on Friday, MARCH 2nd for the premier of my new web series, “Sister Cities,” here on Concordnanae.com and on YouTube! Please consider leaving a comment on this post in the comment section below, or subscribing to the […]

Ben Mirin Performs at Nanae Akai Hane (Red Feather) Charity Concert

By Ben Mirin, CIR Saturday, December 17th, 2011. Thirteen contestants performed in Nanae’s annual karaoke contest at the Nanae Bunka (Culture) Center in pristine Pioneer Hall.  Out of all thirteen singers, twelve sang Enka, a traditional form of Japanese folk music with vast appeal among the predominantly middle-aged and elderly people who filled the auditorium. […]

Halloween at the Yakuba by Ben Mirin

By Ben Mirin, CIR Filming by Emi Kimura For those of you watching in Concord, “jouzu” means “very good” or “skilled.” Enjoy the video. Please consider leaving a comment on this post in the comment section below, or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. To submit suggestions […]

New Photographs on Concordnanae.com: Nanae’s Latest Delegation Visit

By Ben Mirin, CIR This posting is to announce the upload of the top 100 photographs taken during Nanae’s most recent delegation visit to Concord, Boston, and New York City.  The photographs, shot by the CIR (yours truly), document events from the week of September 23rd to 30th in Concord as well as in Boston […]

Concord Receives Largest Nanae Delegation in Town History

On September 23rd, Concord received its largest ever delegation from Nanae, the town’s Japanese sister city. A group of seventy-two delegates filled the cafeteria of Concord Carlisle High School around 9pm to meet their host families and settle in for a week of exchange programs, official sister-city events, and sightseeing.

Nanae’s Summer Festival: Carrying the O-Mikoshi

By Ben Mirin, CIR August 8th, 2011 Nanae’s new Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Concord native Ben Haydock arrived sweaty and exhausted at Hakodate airport on July 28th.  He had a full week of festivities for the Hakodate Port Festival to look forward to, but his true initiation as a member of the Nanae community […]