Get involved in your community!

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC welcomes all those wishing to volunteer with us throughout the year. Specific volunteer opportunities vary by season.

If you would like to volunteer with an organization dedicated to fostering the U.S.-Japan friendship at the local level, we would love to have you! Please sign up to be a Japan-in-a-Suitcase volunteer to be added to our general list and to receive volunteer e-mails. If you would like to volunteer regularly in our office, for a specific upcoming program, or have a detailed situation, please e-mail us at


Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival — As an integral part of the cherry blossom celebration season in the nation’s capitol, the Sakura Matsuri alone requires over 30 committee members to organize and implement the festival, and over 600 day-of volunteers.

National Japan Bowl — The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language competition created by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. It tests the achievements of Japanese learners throughout the US and other countries. 


During the summer, JASWDC needs volunteers for the Japan-in-a-Suitcase program, which runs throughout the year. Summer is often the busiest time for Japan-in-a-Suitcase, as many schools offer extended day programs, summer camps, and enrichment programs for students. The public library system also recruits the Japan-in-a-Suitcase program during the summer. The Society may also hold mid-sized programs around this time that may require some volunteers.

Fall & Winter

In the fall and winter, the Society holds our large Annual Dinner, as well as other mid-sized programs held in collaboration with our public and private partners.