On behalf of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) and its Board of Trustees, I would like congratulate the Sakura Shimbun on their 10 years in the Washington DC community, and offer a heartfelt New Year’s greetings to the readers.

2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. The Society’s mission has always been to promote greater understanding between Americans and Japanese. We do that through the many cultural and educational programs that we hold throughout the year.

In the spirit of our kanreki year – the year of rebirth – we are moving forward to rebrand the Society’s image into one that sparks thoughts of innovation and long-lasting friendship between the peoples of Japan and America.

Perhaps we are most famous for Sakura Matsuri, the largest one day Japanese festival in the country. Last April we welcomed over 25,000 guests to our festival. But we do many, many other things throughout the year. Indeed, we are unique in Washington DC, because we present programs about so many aspects of Japan – from foreign affairs – to food!

In this past year, we produced or collaborated with other organizations on over 100 programs, which drew over 3000 attendees. We have been able to produce these programs, such as Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JiS), National Japan Bowl, Ohanashikai, and the many language and culture classes we offer with a staff of only 4 people and great interns that we have throughout the year.

Our current programming will expand to give the Washington, DC area a series of lectures and talks called Japan 360°, which will cover a wide range of topics, including economics and business, science and technology, society and social issues, as well as traditional and popular culture. We will also introduce a new program to help Japanese residents in our community to learn about America, called Living in the USA.

This coming year, Japan-America Society of Washington DC will continue to work to strengthen the bond between Japan and the United States through these important programs, and nurture the next generation of Japanese and Americans, who are the future of our relationship. Happy New Year and Thank you for your support.

Executive Director

Marc Hitzig






私どもが提供するプログラムの中にワシントンDCエリアに住む方々を対象に開催する「ジャパン360°(Japan 360°)」というものがございますが、今年は経済、経営、科学、テクノロジー、社会、社会問題、伝統文化から大衆文化にいたるまでさらに幅広いテーマを取り上げた一連の講義を提供いたします。さらに、今年はワシントンDCエリアのコミュニティーに属する日本人の方々がアメリカでより快適に生活できるよう医療制度や教育に関するトピックを扱う、「リビング・イン・ジ・ユーエスエー(Living in the USA)」という名のプログラムも新しく始めます。



Executive Director

Marc Hitzig

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