JASH provides several Educational Programs to the students of Hawaii in grades K- 12. Each of these programs teaches students about Japan while also helping them understand the concept of Different Perspectives. For more information about our Educational Programs, please refer to the expandable menu below.

Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JIAS) is a program for students in kindergarten through grade 5 that teaches young students how to seek alternative viewpoints through easy to comprehend examples. The JIAS programs give students in Hawaii’s Elementary Schools a chance to understand the concept of Different Perspectives; learn how to ask questions; and how to look at challenges and new ideas from a different point of view. The goal is for children to learn how to view objects and issues from different viewpoints and develop their skill of inquiry to become critical thinkers.

Click HERE for upcoming training for volunteers for the JIAS program.
Click HERE for recent updates about the JIAS program.

The APCC program provides the actual experience for students to travel to Japan and reinforce the concept of Different Perspectives introduced and taught in the Japan-in-a-Suitcase programs. JASH sends six 10 or 11-year-old Junior Ambassadors to Fukuoka, Japan each summer to interact with over 200 other student peers from over 40 countries and regions at the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention. They also participate in a home-stay where they experience living with a Japanese family in Fukuoka for about one week.  Applications for the 2018 APCC program will be available online in December 2017.

Click HERE for recent updates about the APCC program.

At the high school level, Japan Day, held twice a year, has given public and private high school students who are studying Japanese an opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with various Japanese cultural activities, such as ikebana, calligraphy, soroban, bon dance, tea ceremony, kimono wearing, karate, and life skills. This program reinforces what the Japanese teachers are teaching in the classroom and expands on their learning through firsthand exposure.

Click HERE for recent updates about the Japan Day program.
TEACHERS click HERE to access our online sign up for upcoming Japan Days: October 26, 2017 and April 5, 2018.

The Japan Wizards Competition is a statewide academic team competition that tests high school students on different aspects of Japan, such as geography, transportation, economy, food, education, sports, popular culture, history, religion, culture and language. The students who participate in this competition develop learning skills in research, personal responsibility, teamwork and operating under pressure. They also gain an understanding of the concept of Different Perspectives by studying and preparing for the competition. A total of four winning teams are awarded a trip to Japan in the summer to experience in real life what they studied in preparation for the competition and what they learned in the classroom. The 2018 Japan Wizards Competition will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Click HERE for recent updates about the Japan Wizards Competition.
Click HERE for the registration form for 2018 JWC.
Click HERE for information about how to become a volunteer in 2018.
Click HERE to sign up to be a volunteer.

Click HERE for recent updates on other educational programs.

TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program (TALP)

After the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, a program called “Rainbow for Japan Kids” was started to offer Japanese children —some of who were left homeless and even parent-less by the disaster—a chance to relax and recuperate in Hawaii, in the hopes that they will bring fonder memories back to their homes. While in Hawaii, the RFJK kids met members of Bridge Club Hawaii and built lasting friendships through a two-day camp and outdoor activities that immerse Japanese kids in Hawaii’s natural beauty. The TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program gives Hawaii delegates the rare opportunity to visit RFJK alumni in their hometowns and strengthen the bonds of friendship formed in Hawaii. The 2016 planned itinerary includes visits to the following cities and villages in Tohoku: Sendai City, Onagawa town, Ogatsu, Otsuchi, Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi, Ofunato, Minamisanriku, Kesennuma and Shinchi town. Hawaii delegates will also visit schools and towns that were destroyed by the tsunami and are in the process of rebuilding, and participate in some of the recovery efforts.

Click HERE for articles about the 2016 and previous TALP Programs.  JASH currently does not offer the TALP program.

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