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.

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Japan Wizards Competition


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 again be offered virtually to students in
the Fall 2021 semester.

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.

Registration for the 2022 JASH Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition is now closed.

Click here for the 2021 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 2021.

For more information please email

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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. Typically held in mid-July, 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.

Our usual application period has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applications for the Summer 2022 APCC program are currently expected to be available early '22. 

To join our APCC listserv or 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, the Japan Day program will again be offered virtually to
student in the Fall 2021 semester.

For more information please email​


Other Educational Programs

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


Hokkaido Camp Program

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Hokkaido Camp Program for the 2021-2022 school year has been cancelled. We anticipate to resume this program in the 2022-2023 school year.

Student Exchange/Sister School Programs

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person programs have been cancelled and online exchange activities with schools in Japan have been coordinated.

For more information please email​


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