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; visiting over 90 classes and 2,500 kids each school year, in southern, central, and coastal Oregon, the Willamette Valley, plus several locations around 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.

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

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

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

Thank you to our Gold sponsors:


Thank you to our Silver sponsors:



Thank you to our Bronze sponsors: