Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909
 
 

Educational Events and Scholarship Opportunities

Japan America Society of Southern California offers two major educational programs benefiting the next generation.

1. HITACHI Japanese Kite Workshops, which serve 1,200 children at Title I schools

2. Japan Bowl® of California, a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students who have chosen Japanese as their foreign language

3. Fukushima Youth Cultural Exchange Program (FYCEP) provides a life-changing experience for children of Fukushima residing at orphanages located near the crippled nuclear power plant. The orphanages have only a limited budget with no room for “extras”. With this program we are able to plant the seeds of international understanding during a 10-day homestay experience in Southern California. For most of the children, this exchange is their first experience in day to day life with a family.

Below are educational programs and events offered in the community.

The views and opinions expressed at events posted below are those of the organizations, authors, speakers and other contributors and to not necessarily reflect the views of the Japan America Society of Southern California.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 08, 2017
    • Monday, March 27, 2017
    • Japan
              

    The 6th TOMODACHI MUFG

    International Exchange Program


            

     The Japan America Society of Southern California is accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 6th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, a two-week people-to-people exchange and learning program in early summer 2017.

    Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative and sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), including The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., the exchange program offers a homestay experience with a Japanese family, visits to cities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as educational and cultural visits to the cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.

    The purpose of the exchange program is to enhance the students’ understanding of Japan, its people, language and culture, and to learn about disaster preparedness strategies. The program expenses are provided by MUFG.

    Program Period: Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:59pm (PDT)

    Contents of the Program: (Subject to change)
    • People‐to‐people exchange with Japanese people through a home‐stay experience, visits to high schools and other cultural experiences
    • Learning about disaster preparedness and crisis management through visits to Disaster Prevention Institutions
    • Learning about the status of reconstruction process in the Tohoku region
    • Visits to Japan's leading high tech industries
    • Volunteer activities
    Program Location and Accommodations: (tentative)
    Tokyo, Miyagi, Hiroshima and Kyoto in Japan

    Eligibility:
    Applicants must be:
    • A U.S. Citizen
    • Between 15 and 18 years old at the time of departure (June 25, 2017)
    • Enrolled in a high school in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino or Riverside Counties
    • In good physical and mental health
    • Willing to learn about the Japanese culture and interact and engage with the Japanese people
    • Be able to take part in the entire program, including the orientation on Sunday, May 21, 2017
    Applicants must also:
    • Have not visited Japan for more than seven consecutive days within the past three years
    • Have the consent of a parent(s) or a guardian(s)
    • Not have plans to participate in any other program to study in or visit Japan prior to this program
    • Be a native speaker of English
    • Some Japanese language ability is preferred but not required

    Program Details, Application and Recommendation Forms
    For more information, download and read the following documents.
    1. Program Announcement
    2. Press Release 
    3. Application Form (Must be submitted by the applicant - typed)
    4. Teacher Recommendation Form (Must be submitted by the teacher - typed) - Please download the form onto your computer's "desktop" or "download" folder (not "Temp" folder, as the contents you type in may be deleted)  and rename the file to "Recommendation Form - Last Name, First Name" using the applicant's name. 
    Please review your attachment contents prior to sending the document. Any incomplete or illegible forms will not be considered, and the applicant will be disqualified if all of the required documents are not submitted properly before the deadline.

    Photographs of your applications are not acceptable. Please scan your application forms and send them as PDF, not JPG files.


    Thank you for your understanding.

    Deadline to Submit Application: Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:59pm (PDT)


    Submit application forms electronically to: Tomodachi.MUFG@jas-socal.org

    Upon receiving the application forms, a confirmation email will be sent.

Past events

Sunday, July 10, 2016 Applications Open for the 2016 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program
Saturday, May 28, 2016 The 13th Annual Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest
Friday, April 29, 2016 2016 Japanese American Student Program
Monday, February 01, 2016 Scholarship Opportunity: TOMODACHI scholarship to attend the The 2016 Junior Summit in Mie, JAPAN
Sunday, November 15, 2015 Torrance Sister City Association Seeking Adult Leader for Cultural Exchange
Monday, July 20, 2015 JF Nihongo Summer Camp for Teens: Discover Little Tokyo
Monday, July 06, 2015 25th Annual Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Go For Broke National Education Center - Student Essay and Video Contest
Saturday, May 23, 2015 The 12th Annual Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest
Thursday, January 15, 2015 The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program
Friday, August 15, 2014 Hashi.org Offers $1000 Scholarship for Study and Travel in Japan
Monday, July 21, 2014 JF Nihongo Summer Camp for Teens: Discover Little Tokyo
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Summer School in Karuizawa, Japan - Full Scholarship Opportunity for middle school students
Monday, March 10, 2014 Aurora Challenge Grant
Thursday, September 19, 2013 JF Nihongo Japanese Language Courses Fall 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013 Go For Broke National Education Center's High School and College Student Essay Contest
Monday, July 22, 2013 JF Nihongo Summer Camp for Teens!
Saturday, June 29, 2013 The 2nd TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program
Saturday, May 25, 2013 The 10th Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest
Saturday, May 04, 2013 UCI Tomo No Kai’s 26th Annual Cultural Night
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 AURORA Challenge Grant
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Summer School in Karuizawa, Japan - Full Scholarship Opportunity for middle school students
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest Accepting Applications
Thursday, January 24, 2013 Japan Foundation Nihongo: Japanese Language Courses Winter Term 2013
Monday, September 10, 2012 2013 Reischauer Scholars Program - Application Information for US High School Students
Saturday, August 25, 2012 漆と蒔絵の世界
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2012 AIU High School Diplomats Program
Monday, July 16, 2012 Japan Foundation Nihongo: Japanese Language Courses
Sunday, July 01, 2012 Offers $1000 Scholarship for Study/Travel in Japan
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Rhythmic Relations 2012: The Remix Show (TAIKOPROJECT)
Friday, June 29, 2012 Free 10 Day Trip to Japan for Educators
Thursday, April 19, 2012 LELA Terakoya Children's Art Contest "Flowers for Peace"
Saturday, February 11, 2012 2012 Target Free Family Saturdays
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 YFU USA Summer Scholarships to Japan for High School Students
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