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Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program

A joint initiative of the Japan Foundation and Laurasian Institution, the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) brings volunteer Japanese coordinators to regions of the U.S. where Japanese culture has been less accessible. JOI coordinators are hosted by U.S. nonprofits and educational institutions with a strong commitment to promoting learning about Japan. During the two-year program, JOI coordinators engage their American community through Japanese-themed programming—from lectures to hands-on elementary school activities to events focusing on traditional Japanese art forms.

List of Current Coordinators (2021- 2023)

Name of Coordinator Host Organization State
Hatano, Aiko Mayville State University ND
Aya, Iwamoto University of Central Oklahoma OK
Nagai, Mariko University of Nebraska-Lincoln NE
Okamura, Nanaka Western Carolina University SC
Watanabe, Yoko Japan America Society of Colorado CO
Yamamoto, Masahiro Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix AR
Yamaoka, Maika University of Memphis and Memphis Botanic Garden TN

List of Past Coordinators and Their Program Reports

Related Website and SNS Link

Program Highlights

Anniversary Evetnts

JOI Coodinator Initiated Events

Central Arkansas Omatsuri Japanese Festival 2019

For more details about the JOI Program, including eligibility, benefits, and how to apply, please contact:

Laurasian Institution
107 Spring St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206.367.2152