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Educational Resources


JICC Outreach programs

Distribution of Educational Materials

We are happy to distribute Educational Packets to students and scouts for country reports and presentations. We also have Teachers Packets, which include an image CD, poster, and map of Japan for display in the classroom. These materials are available while supplies last.

To request a packet, please contact the Educational Programs Coordinator.

Lectures at Colleges, Universities and Organizations

Lectures usually touch on current issues, especially as they relate to Japan and its interactions with other nations. For example, the diplomatic, business, cultural, and human ties between Japan and the United States underpin one of the world's key international relationships. Despite different cultural histories, and after recovering from World War II, our countries have become partners, friends, and allies; sharing interests and common values, and playing crucial roles for the stability and prosperity of Asia and the world.

This program, including the transportation of speakers, is offered free of charge. For further information, please contact the School Visits coordinator. We ask that the inviting organization arrange the venue and any necessary technological provisions.

MEXT Scholarships

Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology offers five scholarships to students from high school graduates to doctoral candidates to study in Japan. Click above for information about all the scholarships available at our office.

School Visits Program

School visits are part of the JICC's educational outreach, by which we share Japanese culture and society with K-12 students in Southern California's schools. For further information, please click here. For a look back at our previous series, please click here.

Additional Educational Resources

For Students

Studying Japanese

The Japan Foundation maintains a database of schools and organizations that offer Japanese language classes. Please click here to go to their search engine . The Japan Foundation also administers the annual Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) , held in December each year.

Studying in Japan

The best way to learn about Japan and to learn Japanese is by traveling to Japan! If you are a high school student, please check to see if the city in which you reside has a Sister City in Japan; if so, there may be an exchange program that you can inquire about. Click here for the list of sister cities in our jurisdiction. For college and university students, the best place to visit first is your school's Study Abroad office.

If you are starting from scratch, a good place to start is the Student Guide to Japan . It will give you detailed information on Japan's educational system and a timeline to prepare for your studies in Japan. The Consulate General in Japan offers five MEXT Scholarships for high school graduates, university undergraduates majoring or minoring in Japanese, and graduate students.

For Teachers

Teaching Japanese Language

Teachers of Japanese in Southern California (TJSC), professional association of Japanese Language eductaors

Teaching About Japan

UCLA Asia Institute Workshops for K-12 Educators

Online Resources


Contemporary Japanese culture: Anime & manga, architecture, technology, fashion, food, design and more! Check it out! Compiled by the Embassy of Japan in the U.K.


Concise information about Japan by topic, from general information to politics, society, sports, government, economy, nature, and more. Great for country reports!


Published by the Government of Japan's Public Relations office, this online magazine captures a current view of Japanese people and society. It is published monthly.


Established in 2004, JASSO helps prepare students for study in Japan, providing language training support, information about scholarships for international students, and administering the Examination for Japanese University (EJU).


The Japan Foundation provides a wide range of programs relating to the exchange of persons, support for Japanese Studies and Japanese-language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media-related projects. The JF adminsiters the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Los Angeles each year.


Japan Video Topics offers a comprehensive view of Japanese culture, nature, science and technology, and tourism etc. You can enjoy streaming content in six languages. English DVDs are available for loan from our office.


An interactive and fun website for kids to navigate on their own. See how Japanese kids live! Learn basic Japanese! Read Japanese folk tales! Cook Japanese food! And much more!


The archives of the no-longer-published Nipponia Magazine are a storage chest of information and beautiful photos! Read about uncommon aspects of life & culture, travel, history, the arts, and the stories of Japanese people.


Your comprehensive guide to studying in Japan -- information for propsective, current, and former students: how to get there, what to do when you're there, and what to do when your studies are complete. Student and alumni interviews included!


Track what's popular in Japan now! You can see the latest in fashion, pop culture, lifestyle, science & technology, food & travel, and the most recent Tokyo Street Style!


Your source for all information on Japan, whether you're learning about the country for the first time or you're got the basics down but want to know more.



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