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:  Author Barbara Johns | Saturday, June 20, 1PM-3PM

At the next Omoide gathering on June 20, at 1 pm,  we’ll hear from Barbara Johns, who  authored two books on the life and times of early Nikkei artists Paul Horiuchi, Kamekichi Tokita, Kenjiro Normura and George Tsutakawa . Her first book was on Paul Horiuchi, famous for his natural collage landscapes.
The Omoide writing group starts after Johns’ guest appearance at 2 pm:
 1. The homework assignment is the most frightening thing that happened to me.
 2. The new story limitation is 500 words or less
 3. Send your stories for review and friendly editing to Janine Brodine at JSBrodine@inlandnet.com
 4. Make 10 or more copies to the “Writers’ Read” work session
 5. We welcome anyone to join us. It’s free.
REMINDER: Saturday, June 20, 2015, 1-3: pm, JCCCW Building , 1414 Weller street, Seattle

Michi Hirata North Piano Concert | Sunday, Sept. 20, 5PM

Join us, on Sept. 20th, to celebrate Michi Hirata North, the incredibly talented and inspiring international concert pianist. North will take the stage, assisted by conductor Julia Tai and Philharmonia Northwest, to perform the renowned Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor and Tchaikowsky Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor.

The concert will benefit the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. The JCCCW is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the sharing of Japanese culture, language and heritage in the state of Washington. Housed in the historical, century old Seattle Japanese Language School at Rainier Ave. South and South Weller Street, the beautifully remodeled center hosts classes in Japanese language, taiko, martial arts and crafts as well as free public events (Children’s Day, Culture Day). There is also a Japanese language library and garden and a charming resale gift shop. To purchases tickets, go here.


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.