Japan on the Road

Teaching Elementary Students about Contemporary Japan

Welcome to Japan!
We’d like to introduce you to our neighbors across the Pacific! Designed by the Japan-America Society of Oregon, our school visitation program is called Japan on the Road. Our program is centered around our “Day in the Life” presentation, where students get to meet 4th grader Sousuke and follow him and his friends through a busy school day. We also include interactive activity stations staffed by our volunteers, and by the end of the program, students will have gained a better understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences that exist between Japanese and American cultures–and had so much fun doing it!

Japan on the Road explores geography, culture, society and contemporary life in Japan as children experience it. Our carefully crafted workshop is shaped to the needs of 3rd-5th graders and runs from 90-120 minutes (depending on age and school scheduling needs). It may be utilized as part of a study of Japan or simply as a one-time in-depth look at another way of life in the world. We also offer a shorter, purely activity based program for grades K-2nd.


If you are a teacher and would like to reserve the Japan on the Road program for your class, please see More About Japan on the Road and Teacher Sign Up Here.


JOR is only possible through the incredible commitment of a team of volunteers. If you would like to join us, and help introduce Japan to children all over Oregon and Southwest Washington, please email Program Director Sarah Saito HERE.

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