We hope you are all finding ways to survive the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. During this time, JASWDC is striving to bring our Japanese cultural and intellectual programming to you virtually, and we hope that this helps in some way to brighten what, for so many of us, has been a dark time.

While JASWDC’s Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival remains suspended until further notice, we were excited to host the Digital Japan Bowl on May 29th, and we invite you to catch all the highlights in our livestream recording

Our Japanese Language School has gone fully online for the time being, and with enrollment levels for this semester at an all-time high, we will look for ways to expand our offerings for the summer semester in order to accommodate more students. The JASWDC Cooking Class is back in action with bi-weekly interactive cooking classes. We have accelerated production of our YouTube-based “Weekly Nihongo” and Japan-in-a-Suitcase tutorial videos, and we will soon begin an interview series aimed at giving our local members an intimate view of the feeling on the street in Japan. 

We welcome your feedback and your creative suggestions on what you need during this time and how we can best serve our community given the constraints of the COVID-19 era. In the meantime, we are so grateful to you for your understanding, patience, and support. We’re in this together.


JASWDC Online Programs

We are dedicated to providing interesting and engaging programming to our community during this crisis. We believe staying at home shouldn’t have to be boring, so we hope to bring the same quality events and activities to your home!

Digital Japan Bowl

Japan Bowl has been migrated to a digital, real-time competition where students from around the country, Guam, and Mexico can compete online. In this way, we hope to ensure the safety of all participants, but also allow all of the students to put their hard work to the test!

While it is unfortunate that we will not be able to hold the contest in person, we are excited to still offer students a modified competition and a rewarding experience that celebrates all of their dedication to learning about Japan.

Japanese Language School

The JLS Spring Semester has commenced with a total enrollment of over 200. All classes are being held online through Zoom Meetings with recordings available for students who miss classes.

Japanese Cooking Class

After a short break, Japanese Cooking Class is back in action with cook-along classes every two weeks. Join Nancy-sensei and other home cooks in learning how to cook Japanese favorites like Omu Rice, Katsu Curry, and more!

Networking Lunch in Japanese

Join passionate native and advanced Japanese language speakers on the first and third Friday of every month for an engaging discussion about current events and interests! All lunches are held through Zoom Meetings so you can join the conversation no matter where you are.