Circle M Tsuka-maki and Japanese Swords
PO Box 265, Sidney, MT 59270
Content emphasis: arts and crafts, sports and martial arts
Mr. McDonald buys, sells, and repairs Japanese swords, and his website includes images and historic notes about Japanese swords. The Journal of Japanese Sword Arts, a Canadian publication, recently gave this website a “Valuable Resource Award.” Contact Mr. McDonald directly for further information.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
MLIB 4th Floor
32 Campus Dr, MS 9946, Missoula, MT 59812
Content emphasis: US-Asia relations, public affairs
Established in 1983 with an endowment from the U.S. Congress, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana promotes better understanding of Asia and of U.S. relations with Asia, as well as issues related to ethics in public affairs. The Center has hosted numerous projects, conferences, and international exchanges and publicizes opportunities for students and others. Programs are typically free and open to the public. Japan-related events will be posted on the website when scheduled.
Missoula International Friendship Program
Emma B. Lommasson Center, Room 219
32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812
Content emphasis: Cross-cultural relations
This organization’s mission is to promote global awareness, understanding, friendship, and intercultural learning between international students and scholars at the University of Montana and in the greater Missoula community. It serves students from countries around the world, including many from Japan. Its main activity involves linking students with “community friends” with whom they can share their interests.
Montana Office of Trade and International Relations
Mark Bisom, Bureau Chief
Montana Department of Commerce
PO Box 200505, Helena, MT 59620-0505
Content emphasis: business and economics
This office of the state Department of Commerce focuses on trade and international relations. It also maintains the Montana sister-state relationship with the prefecture of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu. This relationship, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, periodically includes various kinds of exchanges and cultural events. Although the Kumamoto Plaza office has closed, teachers can contact Mr. Bisom to access print materials and Kumamoto artifacts that may be in storage.
http://montanataiko.org/contact/ (email via website)
Meets at Bozeman Summit School
3001 W Villard St, Bozeman, MT 59718
Content emphasis: performing arts
Montana Taiko is a group of people ages 13 and up who gather to learn and perform taiko, Japanese-style drumming. Classes start in the fall on the first Monday of the month. Part of the group performs, although not year-round. Contact Montana Taiko via the website link to inquire.
Megan McGlothlen, Executive Director
416 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 5114, Bozeman, MT 59717
Content emphasis: international relations and exchange
WorldMontana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international exchange. It is a private sector partner for the U.S. Department of State via the International Visitor Leadership Program. Volunteers in Montana host visiting delegations from other countries, including Japan, for a meeting, a social gathering, or overnight. Contact WorldMontana to find out about ways to be involved.