Welcome to the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

Heritage remembered… an exceptional gift to the future.

We are an organization that is committed to preserving, promoting, and sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. We do so by creating, funding, and supporting multicultural and inter-generational education that celebrates diversity, art, culture, and language. We honor both the contributions and the challenges of the Pacific Northwest Issei and Nisei generations by offering publications, family legacy projects, and the Northwest Nikkei Museum.

What’s Happening at JCCCW and the Community

Check out the variety of activities happening right now at the Cultural Center!

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Kodomo no Hi | Children’s Day Festival: Sunday, May 3, 11AM-5PM

Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, is a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The family friendly festival, which is held by the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, is free and open to the public.  Attendees can enjoy activities like kendama demonstrations, J-RUNS’ Soran Bushi, taiko, martial arts, kids’ tea ceremony, games, food, and more!  For more information visit www.jcccw.org/annual-events/kodomo-no-hi/ or email info@jcccw.org.

ワシントン州日本文化会館では、今年も恒例の「こどもの日」を開催します。これは子供向けに日本文化を紹介するイベントで、今年もけん玉の実演やJ-RUNSのソーラン節、太鼓の演奏、子供達による茶道や武道の実演、ゲームなど盛り沢山の楽しい企画がいっぱいです。入場は無料、どなたでも参加できますので、ぜひ、ご家族お揃いでお越し下さい。詳しくはウェブサイトwww.jcccw.org/annual-events/kodomo-no-hi/をご覧になるか、info@jcccw.orgまでメールでご連絡下さい。

Hosekibako (“Jewelbox”) Resale Shop Open Thursdays, Friday & Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm

Hosekibako is filled with Japanese art, antiques, collectibles, and household treasures. Items are donated from community members, adding to the ever changing inventory of Japanese items. The proceeds from sales directly support the programs and operations of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center. It’s the perfect time to find a special gift this holiday season for the antique, art and collectible lovers in your life! You may donate Japanese items in good condition, come shop or even volunteer! Learn more!


Omoide (“Memory”) Book Project

We offer a wonderful collection of books containing stories written by Japanese Americans about their memories before, during and after World War II. These books are a terrific gift idea to share the personal histories and experiences of Japanese Americans. You may order on-line or stop by our office.


Unsettled – Resettled: Seattle’s Hunt Hostel

You may be the key to unlocking a wealth of knowledge about the more than 100 men, women and children who lived in the Japanese Language School buildings following their incareration during World War II. With your help, we can create an accurate listing of the residents and establish a physical acknowledgement at the Cultural Center, displaying the name of each resident. If you can help, please email Elisa Law at elisal@jcccw.org or call us 206-568-7114.


Enroll in the Seattle Japanese Language School!

Seattle Japanese Language School accepts youth, ages 6-18. The instructors are committed to having the doors of learning opportunity continually open for young students and will work with each student to catch them up to the current level of assignments and topics.
All adult classes are 9 week sessions, meeting once a week for two hours; from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Class levels range from Beginner I to Intermediate.

For more information contact us at jls@jcccw.org or 206-323-0250.