WATJ August Announcements

WATJ Fall Workshop

Our first workshop of the 2017-18 school year will be on Saturday, September 9, at Everett Community College in the Nippon Business Institute. Joshua Hansell-sensei of Chief Sealth International High School will be presenting and sharing his summer work on realigning and revamping high school curriculum. General membership meeting will start at 9:00 am, and the workshop will run 10:00-12:00.

As always, clock hours are available free of charge for those who attend two or more of our annual workshops.

WAFLT Fall Conference

Registration is now available for the WAFLT Fall Conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, WA, October 12-14. Check out the full program details at the WAFLT website and register NOW!

WATJ membership is severely lacking in representation and we want to see you there!

The Consulate General of Japan is receiving a Public Awareness award at the ceremony on Friday night, and we want WATJ members there to represent our community and show our appreciation and solidarity! Our new Consul General Yamada has said he will personally come to receive the award, so this is a big, big, BIG deal!!

There will be many awesome presentations, including some presented by our very own WATJ members, so please do come to learn, share, and strengthen our community.

Additionally, there are very few workshops offered by Japanese teachers and we would love to have you submit a workshop proposal! Conference organizers are still accepting proposals to include in the program. Teachers interested in sharing ideas, presenting on new research or topics of interest should submit an online proposal. To expedite the process, you may also email Kei Tsukamaki at watjinfo@gmail.com and I will ensure that your proposal is reviewed.

Bellevue College Japan Week @ BC

Please see the below and attached announcement about the upcoming Japan Week, and share this information with your students! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Stewart-sensei directly at anne.stewart@bellevuecollege.edu.


[English below]




さて、ベルビューカレッジでは、10月第一週目に、ジャパンウィーク日本祭り(Japan Week @ BC)を開催する運びとなりました。長年にわたり、地域の皆様に親しまれてきたEMMA主催の「秋祭り」は、二年前、代表者の引退を持って幕を閉じましたが、この新規イベントはベルビューカレッジの学生、教職員が地域コミュニティのサポートを得て企画運営するものです。一般公開日の10月7日(土)は、お子様からシニアまで楽しめるイベントを色々と企画しております。当日ボランティアをしてくださる方も多数募集しておりますので、学生をはじめ、興味のありそうな方々に広く宣伝していただけると嬉しいです。尚、カレッジへのアクセス、イベントの日程、ボランティアに関する詳細及び問い合わせは、以下の公式サイトをご覧下さい。Facebookの“like”やTwitterの”follow”によるサポートも大歓迎です。どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。


Official Website: http://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellevueCollegeJapanWeek/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Japan_Week




Dear WATJ members,


I hope this message finds you well on these hot summer days.


This is to let you know that Bellevue College (BC) will be presenting “Japan Week @ BC” (Nihon Matsuri) during the first week of October. For many years BC has hosted an annual Japanese festival, “Aki Matsuri,” but with the retirement of the sponsor’s (Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association) president and driving force, 2015 was the last ENMA Aki Matsuri. Now, the BC Japanese Culture Exchange Club (JCEC), together with faculty, staff and community members, is planning a new, BC-sponsored event we call “Japan Week @ BC”  for Fall 2017.  In addition to student-focused events all week, the final day – Saturday, Oct. 7th – will be an all-day, all-ages festival open to the public featuring the cultural arts of Japan.


We are also now recruiting the many volunteers needed for the event.


【Official website】http://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week/




When you get a chance, go to our FaceBook page and “like” us – and/or go to Twitter and hit “follow.”

We really appreciate your help and support in spreading the Japan Week @ BC. Thank you and hope to see many of you there!


  1. Hanamure Sensei has created Powerpoint slides for the event, so please feel free to share.


Best Regards,

Anne Matsumoto Stewart

Senior Associate Professor, Bellevue College

Arts & Humanities | World Languages | Japanese Program

Office: A245C, anne.stewart@bellevuecollege.edu


Japan Week @ BC website: http://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week/

Japan Week Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BellevueCollegeJapanWeek/

Japan Week Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Japan_Week

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