Arlington County Fair – 2019

Thank you everyone who volunteered, stopped by and shared your time and talent with us during Arlington County Fair this year. The SJA booth attracted many community members interested in the Japanese culture and the language. All the supporters and volunteers helped our booth lively and to be a wonderful display of SJA program offerings.

Youth Exchange Night with Students from Nagano – 2019

About score of American and Japanese students gathered at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium on July 30 for enriching cultural exchange experience. The evening program kicked off with “tanzaku” making using an elaborate washi paper kit brought by the Nagano student reporter delegation. Followed by fun games and “show and tell” of artistic skills presentation, the evening ended in high energy with the Macarena dance.

Read about what those Japanese students thought and perceived during their trip to Washington, D.C. and New York. The articles by the junior reporters published in the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun. Click here.

Information about junior reporter delegation in Japanese. http://nagano-sk.jp/cn42/pg527.html

Information about Shinano Mainichi Shimbun and Nagano in English and Japanese. https://www.shinmai.co.jp/corporate/shim1e.html

Summer Japanese Program for Youth – 2019

Let’s study Japanese and learn about the culture of Japan!

Come join us for a free Japanese program this summer. The program will be offered on four Sundays in July and August, and will be comprised of Japanese language lessons for the first hour and various cultural activities for the latter half. The language instruction will be led by Jennifer Swanson-sensei, who has been teaching the SJA Youth Class for the past year. No prior training? Do not worry. Want to improve your hiragana or kanji skills? No problem! Jennifer and a team of volunteers will provide personalized instruction according to each student’s abilities and levels.

Cultural activities include origami, tea ceremony, kendama and more!

Any youth from elementary to high school students are welcome to attend. Bring your love of learning Japanese and the culture. You can sign up for any session.

Register here.

Please note that children younger than 6 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian throughout the sessions.

Japan Day 2019

First of its kind in Arlington County

“Japan Day” is a one-day culture event with hands-on experiences of Japanese arts, food and music. It features live performances and demonstrations such as Kendama, Origami, Karate, tea ceremonies, cosplay, and anime. Collaborating with local Japanese businesses, information booths showcase world-class technologies and engineering as well as Japanese culinary culture. Promoting Japanese language among high school students, it provides Japanese study help. The event also commemorates a newly formed sister school relationship between the Arlington Career Center and the Engei High School of Setagaya, Tokyo. The event is endorsed by the Embassy of Japan.

The event will feature live performances such as Okinawa Eisaa (drum and dance), jumbo calligraphy demonstrations, Kendama performances, and more!

We are also excited and honored to welcome representatives from Tokyo Engei High School to celebrate a newly formed sister-school relationship between the Arlington Career Center and Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School.



Program & Activities


Event Location

Arlington Career Center

816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, VA 22204

Parking space is limited. Please consider carpooling or taking Metro Bus 10B, which runs on Sundays from Ballston Metro station. The bus stop is 1 minute away and the ride takes about 14 minutes.

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