Upcoming Events

The Workshop on Japanese Writing Assessment.

The department of Asian Languages and Literature and the Japan Studies at the University of Washington are pleased to announce the workshop on Japanese Writing Assessment.   Time and Date: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 Title: What is good writing in Japanese? Thinking through assessment practices Speaker: Professor Mari Tanaka at Nagoya University… Read more »


Our second WATJ Benkyookai will be on Saturday, January 20th at Bellevue College in Building D-104. See you there at 10:00 am for a round table, free-form discussion. Our proposed starting topic is technology, but please bring your ideas to share and questions to discuss!

Announcement 1/7

Dear WATJ Members:   We had a wonderful Oshoogatsu meeting, hands-on koto workshop, and potluck lunch!   1. Annual WATJ Conference Register for the conference before January 26th to ensure your early bird conference fee!   WHEN: Saturday, February 10th — social networking, keynote speech with Suwako Watanabe-sensei, and two afternoon workshop sessions WHERE: Bothell High… Read more »

Oshogatsu meeting last Saturday

Dear WATJ Members: We had a wonderful showing of members for our 2017 Oshogatsu meeting last Saturday. A big thank you to Zach Epsil-sensei for hosting us at Shorecrest High School! Attached are the PowerPoint slides Kim and Noah used in their presentation. The file is quite large, so if you have trouble accessing them,… Read more »

Please send your early bird registration forms in by Friday, January 27th!

Dear WATJ Members: Several teachers have contacted our conference co-chairs with queries about opportunities for other World Language teachers to participate in our annual WATJ Conference on Saturday, February 11, from 9:00-4:00 at Bothell High School. Non-Japanese teachers are welcome to attend the conference! The keynote speaker, Dr. Kiyomi Chinen, is planning her morning keynote… Read more »


  新年明けましておめでとうございます。   広島出身現在シアトル在住10年の堀部といいます。 今回皆様方のご協力、ご支援を得たくメールを差し上げております。 今年4月15日にUniversity of Washington, Kane Hall において広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブルによるチャリティー平和コンサートを予定しています。 広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブルの子供たちは国際平和文化活動推進団体の適応を受け、またユニセフ支援活動の一端として、日本国内はもとより世界各地でピースコンサートを開催、国際親善に努めています。これまでに中国、ベトナムなどのアジアの国々やニューヨーク、オーストリア、フランス、ロシア、オーストラリア等で活動を行ってきました。ユネスコ活動奨励賞、内閣国際貢献賞など受賞、年間100を超えるコンサートをこなし、毎日元気に練習に励んでいます。 何分にも不慣れな一個人の招待による平和コンサートですので、不手際もあるかと存じますが 近日中にポスター等送付させていただき、是非皆様方のご協力を得られれば幸いでございます。 お忙しい中勝手なお願いを致しますが、ご質問、不明な点がございましたらご連絡いただきたく存じます。     広島ジュニアマリンバアンサンブル シアトル平和コンサート実行委員会 堀部まゆみ Hello everyone, I would like to introduce myself and share some exciting news about an upcoming concert.  My name is Mayumi Horibe. I am originally from Hiroshima but now settled in Seattle for the past ten years…. Read more »

WATJ conference

Dear WATJ members,   Happy New Year! I hope that teaching Japanese will be fun and enjoyable as well as meaningful to you this year!   In order to assist you with your teaching success this year, the WATJ conference will be held on Feb 11th, starting at 9:00am-4:00pm. Hopefully, this event will be a great… Read more »

Oshogatsu General Meeting and Workshop

皆さま、 明けましておめでとうございます!今年も、どうぞよろしくお願い致します。 I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. I am very excited to continue working with you all through WATJ as your WATJ President for 2017. Thank you so much for all your hard work! Our Oshogatsu General Meeting and Workshop will be on Saturday, January 14 at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline beginning… Read more »

Oshoogastu Workshop looks dashing! Jan 14th at Shorecrest HS

TITLE: Develop Youth Leaders in Class! Effective Democratic Teaching Practices   PRESENTERS:   Kimberly Corrigan Global Visionaries EarthCharterInAction.org   Noah Zeichner Chief Sealth International High School Global Visionaries Advisor   AGENDA Greetings Expectations Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Behaviour (Western, Eastern, men, women) Think-Pair-Share: The Firm & Kind Compass 4 strategies: Agreements, Community, Class Meetings and… Read more »

WATJ Conference

Dear WATJ, Our annual WATJ Conference will be held on February 11 at Bothell High School. Co-chairs, Kayoko Sensei and Raeanna Sensei, are working very hard to arrange an awesome conference. They are in need of two more workshops. Could you please contact Kayoko Sensei and Raeanna Sensei if you are interested in presenting a… Read more »