Updates on news and events for the Rapid City Nikko City Sister City Organization.
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Nikko students 2011

Rapid City Travelers prepare to visit Nikko in Fall

Who wouldn't want to go?  The changing colors, the seasonal cuisine, the friendly people...all await the four fortunate Rapid Citians who form the adult autumn trip to Nikko.  Our 9th bi-annual trip will see Travis Bellefeuille, Shawna Hall, Lois Wolfe and Joan Clemens represent our city as they travel to Nikko in mid-October.  They are excited to see such highlights as Toshogu shrine, Kegon water fall, trip to natural hot springs, and a sake brewery tour.  Please wish them a bon voyage!
Summer Exchange

Summer Youth Exchange 2013

Know a student who wants to travel?  Have a son or daughter who is interested in Japan?  Now is the time to apply for next year's trip.  RCNCSCA is gearing up to recruit students for the experience of a life time.  Contact Deb Rypkema at or 391-0374 for more information.  Don't forget, we need chaperones too!

Meet NCIA Staff

Masae Saito

Born and raised in Nikko, Masae currently lives only 5 minutes away from the Toshogu Shrine.  Wild deer, monkeys and pheasants can be seen from her house.  This is her second year working in NCIA where she is also a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR).  Her previous experience in the U.S. includes:
  • Host family stay/language school in Olympia, WA
  • Gradute of Johnson State College in Vermont
  • Internship at Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii
  • Visited Rapid City Oct, 2011
Pray For Japan

Pray For Japan set to play at the Elks 

RCNCSCA has worked with the Voices of the Heartland to be able to offer for Rapid City audiences the documentary on the tsunami and earthquake which struck Japan last year.  The uplifting and moving film will play at the Elks Theater on Monday, November 26.  Cost is $5.00

Upcoming Events

9/20 - Thur
Nikko Pre-Trip Meeting
5:30pm, FourFront Design

9/26 - Wed
Conversation Club
5:30pm, FourFront Design

10/4 - Thur
Nikko Pre-Trip Meeting
5:30pm, FourFront Design

10/10- Wed
Membership Meeting
5:30pm, Seattle's Best Coffee

10/14- Sun
Rapid City travelers depart for Nikko
Conversation Club

Conversation Club

Last Wed of Every Month
5:30pm, FourFront Design
517 7th Street

Alternative Fuel is Closing

RCNCSCA is losing our hang out space, our get-together-place, you know, our meeting area.  The new place to be is Seattle's Best Coffee for Membership meetings.

Help at "Terror in the Dark" and Raise Funds

Did you know that you can volunteer with the Terror in the Dark haunted house and raise funds for the sister city at the same time?  They are in need of "actors" to do the "work" of populating the haunted house, or volunteers to help set up and tear down.  To help out the sister city, just go to the website, click on the volunteer link and fill in the information - be sure to mention that you are working on behalf of the Japan Sister City.  There will be a volunteer meeting on Oct 13th at 10am at a location to be determined, but they will take volunteers anytime.  Have a great time and raise some money for cultural understanding at the same time!
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