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:

  • Spring – As an integral part of the cherry blossom celebration season in the Nation’s Capitol, the Society puts on several major programs during this time. These include the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival, the National Japan Bowl, and CineMatsuri™. The Sakura Matsuri alone requires over 30 committee members to organize and implement the festival, and over 600 day-of volunteers. The National Japan Bowl and CineMatsuri also require a number of volunteers to help the programs run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Summer – 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.

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.