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Visit Matsue 松江市!

Beginning with prominent writer and journalist Lafcadio Hearn, who is largely responsible for the image many of us hold of both New Orleans and Japan in the present day, Matsue and New Orleans have had a long relationship that became official in 1994.   To date, JSNO has funded 2 exchanges between New Orleans and Matsue, building new relationships on decades of cultural appreciation.

Now, in celebration of our 30-year anniversary, we are looking to send a new round of delegates to represent the City of New Orleans in Matsue in Fall 2024! 

The exchange will reflect a lot of what we have done in past exchanges to Matsue. This year's exchange dates are October 7 - October 16, 2024, with a departure from the US to Japan on October 6, 2024. Japan Society of New Orleans will be covering most costs except for personal expenses and a $300 program fee collected upon acceptance to help cover domestic airfare. Participants selected for the 2024 exchange will be housed with a local family from Matsue, for a unique homestay experience.

Applicants selected for interviews by the exchange committee will be notified in early May. Decisions on exchange participants will be released at the beginning of July.



Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

View a sample application here.

For inquiries or questions please contact us at japansocietynola@gmail.com.


Want to hear more about our experiences in Matsue? Listen to the 2 Krewe of Japan Podcast episodes spotlighting all things Matsue! 

Season 1, Episode 2 - Matsue & New Orleans: Sister Cities ft. Dr. Samantha Perez (2019 Exchange Coordinator)

Season 4, Episode 19 - Explore Matsue ft. Nicholas McCullough of Matsue's International Tourism Division

Applicant Qualifications

•  Between the ages of 21-35 (at time of departure)
•  From the Greater New Orleans Area
•  Hold a current US passport (by time of departure)
•  A passion for cultural exchange

•  A member of Japan Society of New Orleans
•  An interest in representing New Orleans in Japan

Past Exchanges

JSNO has funded 2 exchanges between New Orleans and Matsue to date.  This year's exchange will be our 3rd and most exciting adventure yet! Explore below to learn more about JSNO's past Matsue exchanges:

2015 TOMODACHI Exchange
2019 New Orleans - Matsue Exchange 


Telephone: (504) 408-0963
E-mail: japansocietynola@gmail.com

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New Orleans, LA 70156-6785

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