July 2022 Ota Students to Salem Cancelled

We have learned that students from Ota will not be able to come visit the US this summer.  To our host families, we have appreciated your patience in holding vacation dates with optimism!  We will still hold the 30th Anniversary Celebration at the PEM on JULY 30, and hope to see many of you there.

We are moving forward in hopes our students can still travel to Ota in August. 

2022 Scholarship

Are you, or do you know, a High School senior going to college this fall who has participated in The Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange? 

We have an opportunity for you!

What has the Salem-Ota Exchange meant to you? 

Tell us about your involvement in the program hosting a middle-schooler, or traveling to Japan with us or both. 

How have you been impacted? 

A panel will review the application and the 500-750 word essay and select the winner who will receive a $500 scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 6th, 2022

Please fill out the online submission form here: Salem Ota Cultural Exchange Scholarship – Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange (salemotace.org)

Video Meet and Greet

Hello Salem Ota Cultural Exchange Club Members!
I know that it was disappointing that our event got postponed yesterday to a date in the spring or summer of 2022.  But, I have some good news!  Ota would like to do a video meet and greet with some city hall staff and Ota Salem Club members on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.  Please email me if you are interested and we will send you the link to the zoom meeting.  They are limited on how many can attend so let me know by tomorrow evening.  I need to know by Monday night because they are a day ahead of us and I need to let them know how many on our side.  Again, please email me and just don’t hit the reply button.
Thank you for all that you do and Happy 30th!  🙂
Have fun and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Pete Dolan

Sister City Celebration Postponed

The planned November 13th Salem-Ota Sister City celebration has been postponed due to restrictions on indoor live performances that are expected to still be in place on that date. We are looking forward to celebrating our 30th anniversary in the spring!