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, July 25, 1PM-3:30PM

At the next Omoide gathering on June 25, at 1 pm,  we’ll hear from decorated World War 2 veteran, environmental advocate and retired public servant, Fred Akira Shiosaki, 91,  of Seattle.
Born and raised near Spokane, Shiosaki recently moved to Seattle. His father emigrated from Japan in the early 1900s as an indentured railroad laborer. His parents eventually owned and operated a laundry in Hillyard, in northeast Spokane.
Growing up, Fred had a few Japanese childhood friends. His family lived outside the World War 2 exclusion zone and not subject to the mandatory forced removal and incarceration order affecting Japanese families on the west coast.
Shiosaki volunteered during World War 2 and joined the famed segregated 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment, composed of soldiers of Japanese ancestry.  He saw combat in Italy and France, receiving a Purple Heart among his decorations. His unit sustained major casualties during the historic rescue of the Texas Lost Battalion
Upon return home, he attended college and received a degree in chemistry. He worked in private industry as an air quality specialist.  Shiosaki went on to direct the Spokane Regional Air Pollution Control agency. His expertise led to appointments to the State Ecological Commission and 8 years on the State Fish and Game Commission.
Shiosaki’s presentation is a continuation of the JCCCW’s monthly programs featuring outstanding artists, writers, historians and personalities from the Nikkei (people of Japanese ancestry) community.

The public is invited. The program starts at 1 pm. at the JCCCW Building, 1414 Weller Street So. Following Shiosaki’s presentation, the monthly writing workshop, “Writers” Read” will begin at 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

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.