Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902

Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902


The Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902 at Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA ワ州日本文化会館 is looking for Japanese teachers to teach in person this fall. No teaching certificate is required, but experience in early childhood education or Japanese language instruction is. The deadline to apply is June 23rd.

Learn the full details and how to apply here:

SJLS is the oldest operating Japanese language school in the continental United States with over one

SJLS is the oldest operating Japanese language school in the continental United States with over one hundred years of history. First founded in 1902, the SJLS has grown with the community, changing and adapting to meet community needs, yet staying true to its mission of providing Japanese language and cultural education.

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シアトル日本語学校の校長、シュー多恵子先生がシアトル地域向けの日本語新聞、 Soy Source シアトルの生活情報誌 で紹介されました!幼い頃から夢であった英語教師になるまでの道のり、地元岩国を旅立ちカリフォルニアでの暮らし、そして現在シアトル日本語学校での活躍についてお話されています繰り広げられます。貴重な独占インタビューを是非ご覧になってみてください!新聞は宇和島屋などで無料配布中です。またはソイソースのウェブサイトからオンライン記事をご覧ください。

The Seattle Japanese Language School’s principal, Taeko Shu sensei, was featured in the latest publication of Soy Source, a Japanese language newspaper for the Greater Seattle area! Read all about her long-held dream to become an English teacher, how it brought her over from Iwakuni, Japan to California, and her current work at the Seattle Japanese Language School in this exclusive interview.


Hi Minna-sama.

If you have chance , please login to the Japanese Cultural & Community Center’s (JCCCW) annual fundraiser at 7pm tonight. It’s recorded and can be viewed later, but it may be fun to watch when it goes live on YouTube tonight at 7pm. Yours truly may or may not be on the video, but our 118 year old Japanese school (oldest in North America) will definitely be featured as one of the primary reasons for the fundraiser. “Let’s keep the school running for another 100 years~!” Please click on the link below to donate. Thank you for your support in advance.

The JCCCW mission is to build and grow a central gathering place for sharing and promoting Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. They strive to work towards 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.

Virtual gala on Youtube:

Please tune in and participate. (And share this information with others you know across the nation and in Japan!) We invite you to donate before, during or after the program by simply pressing the "Donate" button at our website:

And here are some of the fun things you'll be seeing on our Virtual Tomodachi Gala program!

Thank you for your continued support of the J. Questions? Please contact us


Konnichiwa friends. We hope you are well. An amazing effort is being made to keep the school going during the current situation. Beginning April 1st for adult classes and April 4th for Saturday youth classes we will begin holding classes over Zoom Video Communications until further notice. Our teachers are receiving training now and will soon begin reaching out to students with links to their Zoom meetings. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our students and community albeit over the internet. This is how we will keep our 110 year old school operating for now. Let's do this together. がんばりましょう!


...starting out Undokai 2019 with Radio Taiso. A fun filled day and a sign that the school year is coming to an end. Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents and volunteers that made this a great day of celebration. Arigato-gozaumasu. ありがとうございます。


SCHOOL CLOSED October 15. Due to a high wind advisory forecast for Saturday, all Japanese Language lessons will be suspended on Saturday. Please call 206-568-7114 if you have questions. Please stay safe.

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 06/05/2016

...great day for undokai (運動会) Seattle style. Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to the teachers and volunteers who helped to make it all happen. Thank you!! お疲れ様!

Timeline photos 04/19/2016

Your support is very much appreciated. Thank you.

Help Kumamon provide Earthquake Relief and Recovery in Kumamoto, Japan!

Kumamon is the most popular mascot in Japan and the official mascot for Kumamoto Prefecture,which is the site of the two devastating earthquakes that took place late last week.

The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai (Prefectural Club) is calling to mobilize all fans of Kumamon and friends of Kumamoto to wear their Kumamon gear and participate in a fund raising effort to support the earthquake relief and recovery effort. The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai is partnering with Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Peace Winds America, and the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival to raise funds to support the earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The fund raising effort will take place at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival that will be held on Saturday,
23 April 2016 and Sunday, 24 April 2016 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the festival grounds manned by volunteers from the Japanese
Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Peace Winds of America, Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai, and many of the other Seattle-based Japanese and Japanese American organizations.
All donations will be processed through Peace Winds America, whose Tokyo-based sister organization, Peace Winds Japan, is conducting search-and-rescue operations and is operating
evacuation shelters in Kumamoto. 100% of donations will go to immediate relief activities.

For more information about the fund raising event, please contact Karen Yosh*tomi at [email protected] or 206-568-7114 or

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 02/07/2016

...Intermediate C & D shuji session today. Some definite Shodo artists are in our midst.

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 01/16/2016

...celebrating Oshogatsu (New Year's) with fun activities and good food. Happy New Year!

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 01/09/2016

....learning Shodo (calligraphy) today. A little messy but always fun!

Bunka no Hi 10/31/2015

Bunka no Hi Bunka no Hi | Japanese Culture Day | Sunday, Nov. 8, 11AM-5PM Bunka no Hi is the JCCCW’s premier annual cultural event and is a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture and herit…

Timeline photos 10/20/2015

...sights and sounds of Undokai 2015. See you next year!

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 06/08/2015

...another great day of fun and good sportsmanship at the annual SJLS Undokai. Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who make this event possible.
Also thank you to the Japanese Community Service of Seattle / Nikkeijinkai of Seattle for making a selling bentos for our fundraiser.
See you next year!


The Seattle Japanese School is looking for a few volunteers to help make bentos on Saturday June 6th at 9:00 am for it's largest fundraiser. If you are able to chip in an hour or 2, please email Koichi Kitazumi at [email protected]. Thank you!

Photos from Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902's post 06/09/2014

...another great undokai field day. Thank you for support. Let's keep this tradition going for another 110 years!

Meet Rocky Seto - Seahawks Defensive Passing Game Coordinator 04/06/2014

Had an amazing day at the Seattle Japanese Language School - founded 1902 today with Rocky Seto who shared his journey to Super Bowl XLVIII. He talked about growing up in L.A., Going to Japanese school on Saturdays and getting into USC and playing linebacker.

Possibly being only 1 of 2 Nikkei (Japanese/American) coaches in the NFL, he is definitely the only one with the job title Defensive Passing Game Coordinator. Seto’s defensive backfield was one of the NFL’s most-improved, with three of its four starters playing in the Pro Bowl, with Earl Thomas being elected as a starter. They totaled 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

Thank you Rocky and Family for taking time out of your Saturday morning to share your story with us. Very generous. Best wishes to you in the upcoming season. Go Hawks!

SJLS Undokai 2013 06/09/2013

The Undokai is the most popular event of the school year. Traditionally Undokai is "Sports Day" in Japan and is typically held on a track. Here in Seattle, Undokai includes events like "Donut eating" race, bean bag tossing and tug-of-war. And we end the day with baloon toss. Altho

Peace Winds America - Tohoku Relief presentation to all grades 04/21/2013

Thank you Peace Winds America Mariko-san & Sachie-san for today's presentation of the relief efforts being made to recover the lives and businesses of the Tohoku area. We were reminded that 15,883 people died and that 2,681 people are still missing. And we learned that 300,000 afflicted people are now living temporarily in prefabricated houses and leased private houses. There is lots of work to be done. Please go here to find out how you can help:

New year's Celebration 2013 01/13/2013

Starting the New Year out with traditional games, arts & crafts and food. Food consisted of fried chicken, sweet black beans and tangerines. A favorite event every year.

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