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!

We’re hiring! Marketing & Membership Manager Part Time (4/5 FTE) 

The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to share and promote Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage with the public at-large. The JCCCW is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and community oriented individual with strong communication and marketing skills to fill a part-time position.

For more details, go here.

Learn how to make Edo Tsumami Kanzashi from the only authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan in the U.S.!

Friday, August 28, 2015 
6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. | JCCCW, 1414 S. Weller Street Seattle
$45 including materials
Advance sign up only,
as space is limited.
Please register online by August 27

Kanzashi is an ornamental hairpin and its history goes back as far as 3000 years.  Among many types of Kanzashi, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi was developed during the Edo period when the technique of Hana-kanzashi worn by apprentice Geisha in Kyoto, and was brought over to Edo (modern day Tokyo). It is a designated traditional handicraft in Tokyo and Chiba prefecture today.  The art is disappearing due to fewer people wearing Kimono. However, it is becoming very popular among non-Japanese incorporating it into Western attire, such as Katy Perry wearing it at the MTV Music Awards ceremony.  To learn more about the workshop, visit here.

Student will make [a set of two pretty Plum Blossom bobby pins] (Picture left). The class fee includes all materials. After learning the history, types, materials, motifs, artisanship of the Edo Tsumami Kanzashi through lecture, you will challenge the fundamental Maru-tsumami (round pinching) to make plum blossom bobby pins.

*The workshop is for hobby purpose only. By signing up to this workshop, you agree not to sell the completed items or reveal class materials, especially for business purposes.

* You may receive the different color Kimono fabric based on the available supply stocks.

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.