As a grassroots, community-focused organization, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC welcomes all those wishing to volunteer with us throughout the year. Specific volunteer opportunities vary by season.

For many programs that require volunteers, the Society pulls from our databases of Japan-in-a-Suitcase volunteers as well as the Sakura Matsuri committee members. The Society also welcomes those wishing to volunteer on a more regular basis and who wish to contribute to preparing for our programs and day-to-day activities.

If you would like to volunteer with an organization dedicated to fostering the U.S.-Japan friendship at the local level, we would love to have you! Please sign up to be a Japan-in-a-Suitcase volunteer to be added to our general list and to receive volunteer e-mails. If you would like to volunteer regularly in our office, for a specific upcoming program, or have a detailed situation, please e-mail us at

At this time, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival and the National Japan Bowl are not recruiting volunteers.


Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival — As an integral part of the cherry blossom celebration season in the nation’s capitol, the Sakura Matsuri alone requires over 30 committee members to organize and implement the festival, and over 600 day-of volunteers.

National Japan Bowl — The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language competition created by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. It tests the achievements of Japanese learners throughout the US and other countries. 

CineMatsuri™ — CineMatsuri™ is the Washington DC area’s first and only Japanese film festival. Held every spring since 2014, the festival showcases five of Japan’s most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today’s Japanese cinema. All films are shown in Japanese, with English subtitles, at the E-Street Cinema in downtown DC.


During the summer, JASWDC typically needs volunteers for the Japan-in-a-Suitcase program, which runs throughout the year. Summer is often the busiest time for Japan-in-a-Suitcase, as many schools offer extended day programs, summer camps, and enrichment programs for students. The public library system also recruits the Japan-in-a-Suitcase program during the summer. The Society may also hold mid-sized programs around this time that may require some volunteers.

Fall & Winter

In the fall and winter, the Society holds our large Annual Dinner, as well as other mid-sized programs held in collaboration with our public and private partners.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, JASWDC has moved to postpone the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street FestivalRead More