Ganbaru Blog


Interning at the ‘J’

By Ken Furusawa I have been doing my internship at JCCCW since January. It has been an interesting, educational, motivational, and fun experience. I have so many things to say about the JCCCW itself and my internship experiences here, but the best part of my time here has been the people. […]


Coming of Age in Japan

By Ken Furusawa In Japan, people are legally considered an adult when they reach 20 years old. It is one of the most important moments for Japanese people throughout their life. After Japanese people turn 20 years old, they can drink, smoke and make loan contracts by themselves. What is […]


Day of Remembrance in Olympia

  BY KEN FURUSAWA On February 15, 2017, we visited the Legislative Building in Olympia to attend the event ‘Day of Remembrance’ held at the House of Washington State Legislature. ‘Day of the Remembrance’ is the day when people in the United States look back at the history of Executive […]


Remembering Executive Order 9066 with jazz

BY KEN FURUSAWA The JCCCW held a small jazz concert on the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 2017 at the JCCCW. The event was titled ‘Panama Hotel Jazz’ and performed by 5 musicians, including Steve Griggs. The remembrance was attended by 80 people, who showed up to […]


History on International District

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT One of the eight historic districts of Seattle, International District has a unique and interesting history. After Chinatown was built in the early 1900’s, Nihonmachi, or Japantown, emerged, only to disappear during World War II. The entire Asian region’s survival was at stake when many of […]


Summer Camp 2016 was a blast!

Whether it was educational Japanese language classes, fun games like a life-size board game and interactive storytelling, to cultural activities like flower arrangement, taiko, and karate (to name just a few things), JCCCW’s Summer Camp really had it all this year! Not only did the kids have a blast and […]


Get Involved!

Meet three of the Ganbaru interns currently at the JCCCW! As a wonderfully inclusive community, the JCCCW creates a sense of belonging for people of all backgrounds and interests.   Scroll to the bottom for more information how you too can get involved!   Name: Trisha Shah Hometown: Kobe, Japan […]


July and August Holidays in Japan

Japanese culture has many wonderful attributes that make the country as wonderful as it is. It’s celebration of nature, hard work, and cultural preservation is reflected in the upcoming Japanese holidays in July and August. Get a complete Japanese festival-going outfit, including a yukata (lightweight cotton kimono) and geta (Japanese […]