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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 School
WHY: Learn about Foundations and Best Practices
KEYNOTE SPEECH: ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
2018 conference registration is now available online!
We are still looking for workshop proposals aligned with our theme of Foundations and Best Practices.
2. WAFLT Regional Workshops
Check out upcoming WAFLT-sponsored workshops, including a FREE workshop on the ACTFL Core Practices hosted by the Kent School District (that’s ME!) Submit workshop proposals for the Spring Regionals at Central Washington or Eastern Washington via the website link.
3. WATJ Scholarship
WATJ is happy to offer up to $500 for scholarships to support members interested in pursuing professional development opportunities. Scholarships are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are awarded on a need-based assessment by board members.
4. Benkyookai
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!
See attached map for parking and directions.
BC map - portrait D-104.pdf

Part-Time Teacher at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is seeking a part-time instructor for Japanese language credit courses starting the 2018 Spring Quarter (first day of instruction is April 2, 2018). The courses are held at the Bellevue College Main Campus. The position may be renewable for the 2018 Summer Quarter and forward, though not guaranteed.

Teaching Assignment:

1)      One evening course (JAPN123) scheduled between 5:30-7:40pm on Monday and Wednesday.

2)      Possibility of 100- and/or 200-level daytime courses.

3)      Genki Textbook (Japan Times) is used for all courses.

Minimum Requirements:

1)      Master’s degree in Teaching Japanese, Japanese Linguistics, or a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree with several years of teaching experience.

2)      Experience teaching Japanese as a foreign language – preferably at the college or university level.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

Send a letter and resume to:

Anne Matsumoto Stewart

Once the application material is reviewed, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and teaching demonstration in February.

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 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


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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:






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】




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,

Japan Week @ BC website:

Japan Week Facebook page:

Japan Week Twitter page:

Full-Time Japanese Teacher in Bethel School District

Graham Kapowsin High School in Bethel School District is looking for a full-time teacher to take over an existing program. Apply at the below link.
Contact Jodi Gregory, Administrative Assistant, with questions about this position.
Jodi Gregory
Administrative Assistant

Bethel Public Schools

Seattle Public School Middle School Japanese Teacher Jobs

Dear Japanese teachers in WATJ,

Seattle School District is undergoing changes next year. Due to increasing student enrollment, the district is opening two new middle schools. That means the boundaries of existing middle schools are changing. The new middle schools are a little bit small (because they’re new) and the older middle schools will have less enrollment because some of their students will be transferred to the new schools. I am happy to report that both new middle schools will be offering Japanese language!

Here’s the challenge:  we have some other existing middle schools with partial FTE positions, for example .4 FTE or .6 FTE for teaching Japanese. One is a K-8 school that would like to hire a teacher who can teach full-time in the school with a combination of English Language Arts and Japanese. These schools are all in North Seattle. The teacher would be teaching level 1 Japanese (it’s split across two years as in Japanese 1A in 7th grade and Japanese 1B in 8th grade).

Any teachers with WA State Certification and Japanese World Language Endorsement (and possibly an additional ELA Endorsement or maybe ELL) should please contact Michele Aoki directly.

It’s possible that the district would consider doing an Emergency or Conditional Cert for a teacher in a teacher preparation program or if you have a teaching credential from abroad.





Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P.

International Education Administrator

Seattle Public Schools

(206) 252-0191 | Cell (206) 234-4029

Part-Time Job Opening

City University is looking for part-time Japanese language faculty members!;jsessionid=0D21B675CCA00D9F20E1D5CCCD8E243D;jsessionid=D07EE10252344DE297336897577856C4?JOBID=81883&lowVisibility=true&mobile=true

WATJ Scholarship Available!

Dear WATJ Members:

WATJ is pleased to announce the allocation of $500 per calendar year to support WATJ member teachers in attending conferences or workshops! Interested in attending on of the WAFLT spring regional conferences? Hoping to go to ACTFL or another training later this year? Please apply for scholarship funds!

Scholarship applications will be reviewed as they are accepted.

Access the scholarship application HERE:

We are excited to offer this opportunity to our member teachers!

Thank you for all you do to support our Japanese language learners and Japanese language community!

-Kei Tsukamaki

WATJ President

WAFLT Spring Regional Conferences

Dear WATJ Members:

WAFLT is holding two spring regional conferences. Please attend one or both of these opportunities to network and share our Japanese-teaching expertise! Registration is open for both conferences, and workshop proposals are still being accepted for the April conference.
Hope to see you there!


There are numerous workshops and professional development opportunities held across the state! Please add this page to your bookmarks and check back for updates. 
Upcoming Conferences
WAFLT Spring Regionals 2017

#1 Saturday, March 18, 2017 
Eastside Catholic School. $35 WAFLT members / $45 non-members.  The call for proposals is now closed – we are full. Click here to see the program draft.
Registration is now open:

Sessions will begin at 9am and run until 4pm, with lunch from 12-1 (included in registration fee).

Pre-registration is accepted until Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pre-registration will guarantee that you will have lunch. We must turn in catering requests before the conference, so we cannot guarantee lunch to those who register after March 16. Registration include 6 free clock hours and all conference materials.

You will receive email updates the week of the conference, with information on schedule, parking, and other conference details. In the meantime, feel free to contact Tara Martin ( with any questions!

#2 Saturday, April 15, 2017 
Central Washington University – $35 WAFLT members / $45 non-members. The call for proposals for our second regional conference is now open at 

2017 Membership Renewal Reminder

Dear WATJ Members:

Just a friendly reminder that your WATJ membership renewal is based on the calendar year. If you haven’t had a chance to renew for 2017, please do so via the AATJ registration website and be sure to check “Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese” as your regional affiliate. WATJ receives a portion of your annual dues, and these dues contribute to pay for our workshops, annual conference, immersion language camps, and other opportunities to support Japanese language instruction in our state.

If you prefer, you may download and print a paper application and mail in your registration fee by check.

Your membership to WATJ brings a variety of benefits, including:

  • Regular email updates about upcoming events and opportunities
  • Registration information for WATJ workshops in September, January, and June
  • Up to 6 clock hours annually, free of charge
  • Discounted member fee for the annual WATJ conference in February
  • Automatic dual enrollment in AATJ
  • Participation in the Speech and Skit Contest
  • Participation in the High School or Middle School Immersion Camps
  • Discount at Kinokuniya for educational materials purchases with your membership card
  • And more!

WATJ exists to support our teachers, and in turn we cannot exist without your support! Your membership renewal will ensure your continued above benefits for the 2017 calendar year.

Members who have not yet re-registered for 2017 will be removed from the WATJ email list in the coming months. We would be sad to see you go and hope you register soon!

AATJ sends membership updates quarterly, so to ensure timely receipt of your membership card, please email a copy of your registration payment to the WATJ Membership Chair at

Thank you so much. We look forward to continuing to work with and for all of you!