Category Archives: Events

JCAW Shinshun Matsuri 2017

The Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC is hosting its annual Shinshun Matsuri (early spring festival) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Road NW Washington District Of Columbia 20008) on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 11:00am to 3:30pm.

There will be live performances (GFES first and second grade JIP students will be performing at 11:55am), cultural games and activities and Japanese street food for sale.  Performing students will receive a free ticket.  Accompanying adults can purchase tickets early online or at the door.  For ticket and other information, please check out the WEBSITE.

To sign your first or second grader up to perform and to volunteer, please Click HERE.

Eisugakkan Visit Oct 2016

On October 13-16, the GFES JCC community hosted four Japanese students and two teachers from Eisugakkan.  During that visit, Japanese students stayed with GFES families for three nights, visited the school Friday afternoon, toured the city with host families and attended a JCC-sponsored fall-themed event.  During this visit, GFES and Eisugakkan signed an agreement to expand out sister school relationship and received a collection of Japanese books to add to our library.

Many thanks to all those who contributed to our Fall Fundraising Campaign.  Please know that your donations made all of this possible.

Reminder: GFES-Eisugakkan Fall Friendship Festival

Thanks to the generous contribution by some JIP families, the JCC is able to host a Halloween-themed fall festival potluck event this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm at the McLean Firehouse Teen Center (MAP) in honor of visiting Japanese students from our sister school in Hiroshima, Eisugakkan.

Come and enjoy some games and activities, and bring an American-style fall food to share (chili, macaroni & cheese, Thanksgiving foods, ham, stews, etc…).  We want our Japanese guests to have an experience that they cannot have Japan.  Each dish should be large enough to serve at least 6 people.  The JCC will provide plates, napkins, cutlery and bottled water.  Also, please consider volunteering for an hour or two to help run some of the activities so that everyone can enjoy some fun and games.

Sign Up HERE to join us for a great evening.

Our Sister School is Coming!

Mark October 15, 5pm-8:30pm on your calendars!

Three teachers and four Japanese students from our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan, Eisugakkan, will visit us from October 14th to October 16th.  The students will stay at the homes of our 6th grade students, who in turn will be hosted by Eisugakkan students when they visit Japan next summer.

Eisugakkan students will visit Great Falls ES on Friday, October 13th.  The 6th graders are currently working on a project to plan their entire visit, and the 4th graders are in charge of decorating the room where a small student celebration will be held.  During the visit, Ms. Harper will also be signing a document to renew and enhance our sister school relationship.

On Saturday, October 15 from 5:00pm-8:30pm the JCC will host a social event to welcome our sister school at the McLean Old Firehouse Teen Center.

The JCC will celebrate Eisugakkan’s visit with some good ol’ American fall fun, and is planning an evening full of fall-themed activities and crafts, a “bring your own pumpkin” carving station, popcorn, Halloween costume photo booth, etc.  The JCC is asking some creative parents to volunteer to plan and organize this event.  Interested volunteers, please email us ( to sign up.  Also, if you have any old Halloween costumes to share for the photobooth, please let us know (we need all sizes).

This year is the 10-year anniversary of the Great Falls ES-Eisugakkan sister school relationship, and the JCC hopes to take this opportunity to increase our interaction with them.

Thank you for your help and contribution in making this a successful and memorable evening.

Japanese Art Project 2016

The JCC Japanese Art Project for the 2015-2016 School Year will feature Kamon Print Making.  Students will be introduced to a variety of Japanese Kamons (family crests), be encouraged to design their own and make prints.

This year’s project will include the entire school body for the first time!  This is one of the ways the JCC is working to get the entire school and our community excited about Japanese culture.  Please help us make this inaugural event a success by volunteering.

The JCC will be taking over Room 196 at GFES from June 13-17, where we will present a short power point history on the Japanese Kamon and show students who to design, carve and print their own Kamon.

You can sign up to volunteer HERE.

JCC End of the Year Potluck Picnic

Come gather at The Great Falls Grange Park for a chance to get to know other Japanese Immersion families and welcome new ones.  There will be crafts and games for the kids, organized and run by some of the older students. There will also be a chance to learn about committees you can be involved in to help make next year even better, such as: Japanese Art, Community Events, Classroom Cultural Celebrations, Social, Website/Social Media, Fox Mill Liaison, Fairfax FLAGS Liaison, etc.

When: June 11, 2016; 3:30pm-8:00pm
Where:  The Great Falls Grange Park (9818 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, VA)

Please sign up HERE for a dish to bring and share!

Click below to see our flyer.

JCC Picnic 2016.pdf

Busy Spring 2016

The GFES JIP kids were VERY busy this Spring.  If you were enjoying some of the festivities that are associated with peaking of Washington’s Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) you may have heard their wonderful singing voices off in the distance…

On April 2, 2016 GFES students from 1st-6th grades performed Japanese songs at the Willard Hotel.  During that performance, students from all six grades sang 365日の紙飛行機 (365 days, paper airplane), the theme song to a popular Japanese TV series.

On April 16, 2016 1st and 2nd grade GFES JIP students performed at the US-Japan Foundation-sponsored Japanese Street Festival.  Students sang three songs in Japanese.