Introducing: SJA Youth Bloggers!

Hello there! It’s the SJA Youth Committee, here with an exciting announcement: we are beginning the SJA Youth Blogs! Right here on, you’ll be getting weekly blog posts from us about a whole host of topics. There will be articles on the things we’re most passionate about, current events related to Japan, and updates about SJA told from a youth lens. We will also hope to have guest bloggers once a month contribute their stories, too. Stay tuned!

Keep reading for more information about the bloggers:

Anna Fry

はじめまして! I’m Anna, and I very much look forward to being able to share my passion for Japanese culture and for SJA through this youth blog! I am the secretary of the SJA Board, and I work closely with the Outreach and the Arts subcommittees. I am a junior in high school and have been studying Japanese for 3 years now. My motivation to learn Japanese comes from my dream to study fashion in Japan, so look forward to news on Japanese fashion in some of my blog posts! 


Maya Green

こんにちは!My name is Maya, and I am a board member and on the Youth Committee for SJA! I am a senior at Washington-Liberty High School. I am in my third year of studying Japanese and am applying to colleges in Japan. My interest in Japan comes from being part Japanese on my mom’s side. I watch a lot of anime with my family; we really enjoy discovering new anime together. I’ve been to Japan and would like to go back as soon as we are able to travel!


Sophia Field

Hey y’all! I’m Sophia and I’m part of the SJA Board, as well as a Youth Committee member and Event Committee member. I’m a senior at Arlington Tech, and will hopefully be heading off to college next year! My interest in Japan comes from my mom showing me classic Japanese animes at a young age. I’m also interested in all styles of martial arts, with 10+ years of training, which definitely plays a big role in my interest. Sadly, I’ve been unable too travel to Japan yet, but I do plan on going sometime in the next few years. I can’t wait to write some blog posts for y’all!

Talk to you again soon!

Happy 2021!

SJA is excited to offer our popular free and fun programs via zoom. Please look out for an updated information on registration and activity contents through our newsletter and Facebook page.

  • Free Japanese classes for youth and adult – 2021 Winter Session TBD
  • Origami workshop – starting in January
  • Setagaya-Arlington exchange program
  • Japan Day – March 27 & 28

We look forward to studying Japanese and the Japanese culture together. Interested in sharing your love of Japan and the language? We always are looking for new volunteers. Please contact us anytime at

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to get connected to a community of Japanese and Japan-enthusiasts? Enjoy learning about the culture of Japan, or enjoy sharing your love of Japan with others? Interested in brushing up your Japanese while helping others learn English (or vice versa)? SJA is always looking for volunteers to help with our programs and events. Please contact us for current and future volunteer opportunities.

Webmaster Intern

Perfect opportunity for college student or recent graduate seeking real world work experience! SJA, grassroots Japanese language and cultural advocacy non-profit based in Arlington, VA is currently seeking a part-time webmaster intern to assist with managing its WordPress website and adding new content. Primary duties are: 

  • create web posts and design pages on SJA activities, as guided by the Board
  • manage co-editor content from volunteer contributors

The experience on WordPress or website management is highly desired. Interest in Japanese language and culture is most welcome.

Estimated time commitment of about 10 hours per month. Happy to coordinate with your school for academic credit if desired.

Interested? Send your resume with cover letter to

About Japanese Arcade Games

Dance Dance Revolution 太鼓の達人 Chunithm beatmania IIDX ポップンミュージック O.N.G.E.K.I. Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Gundam

Learn a little about popular Japanese arcade games. Presentation made by Sophia Field, Youth Representative of SJA for Game Bash 2020.

SJA Promo Video Debut at Arlington County Fair

Our promotional video will air on Saturday, August 15 between 1 and 2 pm at the Arlington County Fair’s Facebook Live page. Importantly, we are going to host Setagaya Live on Saturday and Teen-only Online Game Bash in partnership with Game Gym on Sunday. Both events are free! Learn more about these exciting events, visit our website.

Thou hast seen

Starring our own Sophia Field, Youth Representative, a member of SJA board
AND, a creator of this video.

Arlington County Fair 2020 – Virtual Events

Calling for Middle and High School Gamers!

Free Game, Tutorial and More

Do you like to play Rocket League, Fortnite, or Minecraft? This is the event for you! SJA & Game Gym is hosting an online game bash. In this free two-hour session, you will have a bit of training and a lot of gaming and will also get to learn about game arcades in Japan! While staying home safe, get connected to other teens via a safe and fun game environment supervised by Game Gym. Register here, but hurry. Spaces are limited.


August 16
4 to 6 PM
Middle and High School gamers

Connect to Setagaya, Tokyo LIVE

Arlington Career Center is the sister school with Tokyo Engei High School in Setagaya, Tokyo. And Setagaya is the host town for American athletes for Tokyo Olympic 2021. The youth in Setagaya are going to report about their town live on 14th from 8:30-9:00pm.


August 14
8:30 to 9:00 PM

Learn more about Setagaya

SJA’s Japan Day 2020 – Postponed

SJA’s Japan Day 2020, which was set to take place on March 22 this year, has officially been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. We are working on future date and additional guidance around next steps. Please stay tuned and check us back again.

Basic Event Information
Date: Sunday, March 22
Venue: Washington-Liberty High School
  1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201

Time: 2 to 5 pm