Education Programs

In order to produce a stronger future relationship between the US and Japan, it’s critical to ensure we introduce children to Japanese language and culture through our education system.

JASO currently works at the elementary, high school, and college levels, produces programs that supplement other learning, and helps strengthen the teaching and learning environments. Our goal is to make teachers and students more successful, and provide meaningful, enjoyable and challenging educational opportunities for students.

Our Japan on the Road program delivers an introductory cultural class to elementary schoolchildren. This program visits over 90 classes and 2,500 kids each school year, in southern, central, and coastal Oregon, as well as in Southwest Washington.

In March 2017, we launched the first ever Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl for high school students – a wildly popular Japanese language and culture quiz. Each year, we fly the champion team to Washington D.C. to represent the Pacific Northwest in the National Japan Bowl.

Together with Oregon’s sister state of Toyama, we host an annual speech contest – Toyama Cup –  for college students who study Japanese language.

JASO is a member of the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon.

JASO members are passionate about education. The following go further and financially support our programming.