Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW)

About Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW)


To build and grow a central gathering place for sharing and promoting Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.


A lively, intergenerational gathering place and destination in the Pacific Northwest, where people of all backgrounds learn Japanese language and traditional arts, celebrate Japanese and Japanese American history and culture, and build intercultural understanding.


We believe in the power of gathering together to celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage and culture.

We are built on a foundation of resilience「我慢」 shown by our Issei pioneers and all of our elders. We promise to preserve their legacy by passing on their stories, and this fosters a dialogue of respect between the different generations.

We are a safe place where everyone can explore identity in a multicultural setting.

We are an inclusive community – stronger as a collective whole than as sole individuals. We create a sense of belonging for people of all backgrounds and interests.

We are committed to active volunteerism and taking care of each other 「お互い様」. We value our volunteers, staff, board, and all who visit JCCCW. Our sense of cooperation and working together are rooted in traditional Japanese values.

We operate in a transparent way that focuses on accountability to the community. Stewardship is at the forefront of our management, both fiscal and environmental.

We ensure cultural authenticity and professionalism in all of our programs. We are committed to measurable goals and outcomes.

We look to the future, with a spirit of perseverance 「がんばる」 and work in partnership with the greater community to create a cultural institution that will leave a lasting legacy.


Cultural Programs Assistant

June 2018 - August 2018 Seattle, WA
“I liked working close with the community to develop further understanding of Japanese culture. It was interesting to see the inner workings of a non-profit.”
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