Fostering the Nichi Bei Leaders of Tomorrow



JIAS is returning to the classroom! 

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.

Applications for JIAS presentations for the 2022-2023 school year are now closed.

Please note that due to the large number of requests received, presentation dates are subject to availability.

For more information, please email tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org.

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.

Through these opportunities, we hope to foster the future generations of Nichibei Leadersglobal citizens who will continue building and strengthening bridges between the U.S. and Japan.

Our programs include:

• Japan-In-A-Suitcase (Gr. K-5)

• Japan Wizards Competition (Gr. 9-12)

• Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (Gr. 5-6)

• Japan Day (Gr. 6-12)

• Hiroshima Peace Scholarship (Gr. 11)

• Sadako Peace Projects (Gr. 9-College)

• Hokkaido Camp Program (Gr. 10-11)

For more information about our Educational Programs, please see the program descriptions below.


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 is now CLOSED for the 2023 JWC.

Good luck to all of our teams!

We are also looking for volunteers!

To learn more, click the button below.

For more information, please email tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org


Asian-Pacific 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 2022 APCC Program has been completed.

We hope to have more information about the 2023 program late 2022/early 2023.

To join our APCC listserv or for more information, please email cono@jashawaii.org


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.

For more information, please email tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org​