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!

Omoide Writing Workshop & Guest Speaker Mayumi Tsutakawa | Saturday, May 9, 1PM

The Omoide team is proud to announce that Ms. Mayumi Tsutakawa will be the featured speaker at the Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1 pm, JCCCW Omoide (memories) monthly program. Ms. Tsutakawa is a multi-talented author and educator and advocate for equal rights and social justice. She will give us an “inside” look at her family, including her equally talented three brothers- Gerard, Deems and Marcus. She is also the daughter of the internationally famous artist and sculptor, the late George Tsutakawa.

Following Ms. Tsutakawa, the monthly “Writers Read” session begins at 2 pm. Participants are asked to bring their “homework.” The assignment is to write about a childhood incident.- 150 words or less. The stories will be shared and subject to “friendly” comment and review by our group. Janine Brodine reminds everyone that she will also edit the stories via email and return them. Her email address is jbrodine@inlandnet.com

Read the full details here: https://jcccw.org/…/tsutakawa-an-author-journalist-and-act…/

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.