JOI is a unique way to introduce Japanese culture to your organization and community—with minor out-of-pocket expenses.

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JOI coordinators are native Japanese language speakers with strong English and intercultural communication skills, as well as experience living, working, or studying outside of Japan. These independent individuals are outgoing, flexible, creative, and eager to share their extensive knowledge of both traditional and popular Japanese culture, history, and more.


During their two-year placement with your organization, JOI coordinators enhance the local community’s understanding of Japan by expanding outreach programming beyond the current capabilities of the hosting organizations. The program also helps to cultivate a new group of individuals in both Japan and the U.S. who will take leading roles in grassroots exchange.


Host organizations receive extensive program support, including training for the onsite supervisor. In return, your organization helps ensure the program’s success—introducing the coordinator to area schools, community and professional networks, and local business associations. Your organization also provides low- or no-cost housing for the coordinator, regular supervision and feedback, as well as adequate work space. That’s all. There are no salaries to pay or other explicit expenses.


The program includes a $1,000 material stipend for your organization to use toward coordinator activities and $750 toward activity travel during the first year of participation (increasing to $1,000 and $1,000 respectively in the second year). The program is open to nonprofits and educational institutions committed to promoting learning about Japan and located in the orange JOI states. Wondering—more concretely—what type of organizations host? Check out the overview of all past JOI host sites and coordinators.

Calendar & Training ProgramClick here

Sample education-related activities

  • “Japan in a Suitcase” K-12 school programs
  • K-12 teacher workshops
  • Work with curriculum specialists of district schools
  • Fundraising activities for Japanese Language Teachers Association
  • Japanese language and culture competitions for K-16 students
  • Planning and assisting with study abroad fairs, Japan Club, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program explanation, Japanese language table, films, performing arts, festivals, exhibits, etc.
  • Tutoring Japanese language students at universities, teaching business etiquette, greetings and useful phrases for travelers
  • Presentations on Japanese society and family life, pop culture, education system, government, economy, etc.
  • Demonstrations or facilitations of traditional Japanese arts, crafts, toys, food, music, clothing, storytelling, calligraphy, etc.
  • Sister City programs, state liaison, Japan-U.S. business relations
  • Editing Japanese welcome packet for economic development
  • ESL and tutoring for Japanese expatriates

Sample hands-on activities for presentation

  • Ikebana martial arts fashion (kimono, yukata, contemporary fashion)
  • Origami
  • Calligraphy (shodo)
  • Brush ink painting (sumie)
  • Paper cutting (kirie)
  • Tea ceremonies (chado)
  • Kite-making
  • Paper dolls (kami ningyo)
  • Mask making
  • Sushi and other cooking
  • Weaving/textiles (shibori)
  • Carp streamers (koi nobori)
  • Papier-mâché daruma
  • Children’s songs
  • Taiko and other musical instruments
  • Making happi from T-shirts
  • Rajio-taiso

Questions? Contact Laurasian's
JOI staff in the U.S. or Japan.
+1 800.721.7474