Support Those Affected by the Japan Floods

August 8th, 2018

Support the U.S.-Japan Council’s Japan Flood Friendship Fund 

 – Please note that this campaign is not organized by the JCCCNC/the Center – 

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Japan is currently experiencing what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods and landslides in western Japan in July led to severe damage, most notably in the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, many have suffered damages to their homes, and many more are left without water.

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and other U.S.-Japan related organizations offer heartfelt thoughts to all who are affected. Many in the U.S. have strong ties to the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama communities through people-to-people programs and exchanges. Many Japanese Americans also have family ties or personal connections to the region.

The USJC  has established and is accepting donations for the Japan Flood Friendship Fund (JFFF) to aid those who are affected. 100% of the contributions will go to relief efforts through our network of nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground. Supporting organizations include: the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the United States-Japan Foundation. The USJJC also welcome sorganizations that would be interested in partnering with them to support those in need.

Donate_Now_Button.PNGPlease consider donating through the form hereIf you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to the U.S.-Japan Council and mail to:

U.S.-Japan Council
Attn: Japan Flood Friendship Fund
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

If you have any inquiries please write to JFFF@usjapancouncil.org or call 202-223-6840.

JAL Foundation – The 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest

October 27th, 2017

Originating from Japan, Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life, or simply expresses the beauty of nature. Haiku is now enjoyed in many countries around the world.

JAL FOUNDATION biennially organize ‘World Children’s Haiku Contest’, and we are happy to announce that the 15th contest is to be held this year.

The theme of the 15th contest is ‘ Living Things.’  

Through the contest, children are given the opportunity to compose haiku that will encompass their memories. The experience of composing haiku will also become a part of their pleasant memories of their childhood.

All Grand-prize haiku will be collected and published next year as an anthology titled ‘Haiku By World Children.’

Haiku Contest Rules – see application and poster for details.   Click HERE for Poster and Application form

Entry fee:  FREE

Submission’s Period: From  1st October 2017 to 15th January 2018
Please attach this application form* to the back of submitted work with glue.  (*this link will take you to the JAL Foundation contest page)

First Lady Laura Bush Designates San Francisco Japantown as a Preserve America Community

March 27th, 2008

Preserve America signageSan Francisco’s Japantown was honored in March 2008, when First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities.

“Preserve America Communities demonstrate that they are committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment,” Mrs. Bush said. Read the rest of this entry »