Monthly Archives: September 2017

J-LEARN Seminar: Supporting the Future of Japanese Language Education in the US

On November 5, 2017 at the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, J-LEARN will co-host a seminar that will discuss the current state of affairs with respect to Japanese language education in the Greater Washington DC region (to include VA Beach) in cooperation with J.LIVE Talk.  

Through this seminar, we hope to reflect on why studying Japanese is important, examine who is currently studying Japanese, address opportunities and challenges to Japanese programs, and discuss ways in which advocacy for preserving such language programs can be improved. 

By bringing together students, parents, educators and key stakeholders with an interest in Japan and Japanese to discuss the importance of continuing, preserving and promoting Japanese language education in the US, we hope to fine tune advocacy techniques and strategies in order to build a more robust advocacy toolbox. 

The Seminar agenda can be found below

Agenda-Japan Friendship Seminar 2017 vers.3.xlsx

More information about J.LIVE Talk 2017 can be found HERE.


Fall Fundrasing Campaign 2017

This is the one time of the year that the JCC asks you to help raise some funds so that we can continue to support the Japanese immersion program and promote Japanese language and cultural learning throughout the school year.   Funds will also be used to host Japanese students and teachers from Eisugakkan (our Japanese Sister School).

Our goal is to raise $2,000 by October 10.  Click HERE to donate.

Here are some of the ways your generous contribution will be spent:

1) Welcoming events and school gift for Eisugakkan
2) Japanese Art Project
3) JCC Social & Advocacy Events
4) Classroom Support
5) Junior Japan Bowl
6) Supporting the JCC website

We accomplished so much last year and hope to carry on that momentum into this school year.

To learn more about our activities, some new and some not, please visit our website:

We thank you for your support

Eisugakkan Fall Friendship Festival 2017

The JCC is hosting Fall Friendship Festival on Saturday, October 14 (5:30-8:30pm) in honor of our sister school friends who will be visiting us from October 12 to October 16.  The event will feature photo booths, bingo, fire pit, pumpkin carving, etc. Click HERE to sign up to share fall-themed food and to volunteer.  Come and meet some Japanese students who are in an English immersion program in Japan!

Sign up to bring a dish and to volunteer: Click HERE

On Monday, October 16, the six Eisugakkan students will be spending most of the day at GFES.  They will meet some of our immersion students, tour the school, join 6th grade PE and sit in a 6th grade language arts class.  They will depart from school after having lunch with students in the cafeteria.  The JCC is asking for a parent volunteer (preferably someone who speaks Japanese) to escort the kids during thier time at school.  Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer.

Sign Up for Japanese Convesation Club

Sign up for Japanese Conversation Club’s Fall 2017 Session!

We will meet Tuesdays (3:30-4:30pm) starting September 19.  This session we will be reviewing  Hiragana and Katakana, singing some new songs, and learning some new vocabulary words and phrases that will be helpful when you travel to Japan!

To sign up, email

More Information below!