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 see the program descriptions 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the JIAS program will be offered virtually in Fall 2020.


The JIAS II (Grades 2-3) program request form is now available here

Please click here for the guidelines and overview for JIAS II.

For more information, please email


Japan Wizards Competition

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 Japan Wizards Competition is held in February of each year. 

Click here for the 2020 event article.

Mahalo to all those who contributed to the Japan Wizards Competition major supporters. Click here for a listing of those who supported this program in 2020.

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Children's Convention

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 up to six 10 or 11-year-old Junior Ambassadors to Fukuoka, Japan 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.


Due to the global spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Convention was cancelled. Information for the 2021
APCC program will be available in early December 2020.


For more information, please email


Japan Day

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fall 2020 Japan will be offered virtually.

For more information please email​


Other Educational Programs

JASH does a number of other educational programs throughout the year.


Hokkaido Camp Program

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Please use the contact form below for any further info regarding our Education Programs.

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii was founded in 1976 to promote understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii.


1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 204

Honolulu, HI 96814

Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: (808) 524-4450

Fax:      (808) 524-4451

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