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 […]
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About Ben Mirin
Ben Mirin was Nanae’s Coordinator of International Relations from 2010 to 2012. Hired on September 7th, 2010, he began his first year term in Nanae on December 1st, 2010. He created the sister-city website: concordnanae.com. Ben is currently working at Slate Magazine in New York City.
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By Ben Mirin, CIR Happy New Year to everyone involved in the Concord-Nanae sister city relationship. I hope you enjoy the video.
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. […]
Post by Ben Mirin, CIR Videography by Ben Mirin and Emi Kimura The following are three short videos shot independently with my iPhone at the Nanae Bunka-sai on October 30th, 2011. These were originally filmed for upload on my live video feed at qik.com/benmirin/videos. However, due to some persistent problems with my account, I am […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
By Ben Mirin, CIR July 27th, 2011 NANAE ONUMA—On the morning of July 26th, twenty-four of Nanae’s government employees arrived at the town office in outfits that undoubtedly broke Japan’s “casual bizz” dress code for summer. Instead of collared shirts, slacks, and indoor slippers they tramped inside with dusty sneakers, cargo shorts, bandanas, and the […]