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Educational Outreach

 Japan in the Schools

The Japan in the Schools (JIS) program is a unique program that brings Japanese education into classrooms in Western PA. A wide variety of topics are covered in these visits to local schools. Volunteers of the JIS program respond to outreach requests from elementary, middle, and secondary schools, libraries, and other community partners. Authentic Japanese materials are used as teaching aids and this unique experience broadens a student's view of the world and the cultures in it. Since its launch in 1997, requests for outreach programming have steadily increased.

 High School Japanese Speech Contest

This day-long competition is designed for high school students from Western Pennsylvania and the tristate area studying Japanese language. The contest is held each spring in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. More advanced students are tested on memorized, spoken Japanese speeches, while beginner students are judged on poster presentations featuring aspects of Japanese culture.

 Pittsburgh Taiko

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is proud to present Pittsburgh Taiko. Pittsburgh Taiko is dedicated to bringing Japanese group taiko drumming (kumidaiko) to the city of Pittsburgh. Open to anyone interested in learning about the art form, we seek to educate members of the community about taiko and about Japanese culture through performances and outreach activities. Pittsburgh Taiko is partnered with Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside, PA.

 Educational Resources

The Society is dedicated to helping teachers find high quality resources to support their teaching about Japan and Japanese culture. 

The JASP also helps to coordinate the Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship each year.

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