What is the Grassroots Summit?

The Japan America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale exchange of Japanese and American people, held alternatively in Japan and America. The Summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between our two countries by fostering friendship at the grassroots level. It honors the friendship between Captain William Whitfield and John Manjiro Nakahama, in which Captain Whitfield shared his home with a young Nakahama Manjiro after rescuing him from the sea in 1841. The relationship was pivotal in building the Japan-US relationship after Japanese isolationism ended. In the same way Captain Whitfield opened his home to Nakahama Manjiro, the Grassroots Summit focuses heavily on a home stay program.

Washington State — September 18-24, 2018

The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington in partnership with the John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange in Japan will host the 28th Annual Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2018 in Washington State. Nearly 150 Japanese visitors will come to Seattle, where they will participate in various tours of the city. They will then disburse to 15 local sessions across the state to experience our region’s culture as part of the three-night home stays.

See the English brochure and the Japanese brochure.

Are you interested helping?

Are you interested in being a part of Grassroots? Then why not become a host family! One member from every host family will be welcome to attend the Grassroots Closing Ceremony at newly opening Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.
If you’re interested in becoming a host family, please fill out our Host Family Information Sheet and send it directly to your local session key person (listed below) or to the Japan-America Society offices at grassroots2018@jassw.org, 206-374-0175 (fax), or 3010 77th Ave SE, Suite 102 to apply.

For more information contact us grassroots2018@jassw.org or 206-374-0180.

Local Sessions:

Participants leave for their home stay town and stay with their host family for four days and three nights. Guests pre-select a “local session” of interest to them based on previews they receive in the application brochure. During the homestay days, the local town leaders and host families work together to share the best that their community has to offer. This person-to-person exchange and shared enthusiasm for local and cultural experience is the essence of the Japan America Grassroots Summit.

Local Sessions need host families and volunteers to help make the Summit a success!

See Local Sessions and Host Family Handbook v.3.

 

 

 

Auburn/Kent
Lorraine Chachere

Tourism Coordinator, City of Auburn
lchacere@auburnwa.gov
253-876-1978

Bellevue
Gregg Schrader

Building Official/Division Director, City of Bellevue Development Services Dept
gschrader@bellevuewa.gov
425-452-6451

Ellensburg/Kittitas County
Paul Jewell

District 1 County Commissioner, Kittitas County Board of Commissioners
Please contact Julie Kjorsvik
Clerk of the Board, Kittitas County Board of Commissioners Office
julie.kjorsvik@co.kittitas.wa.us
509-962-7508

Lakewood
Becky Newton

Economic Development Manager, City of Lakewood
Bnewton@cityoflakewood.us
253-983-7738

Moses Lake
Deb Langshaw

Owner of Langshaw Investments
509.989.1307
deb.langshaw@gmail.com

Olympia
Allen Miller

President, Olympia Kato Sister Cities Association
Owner, Law Offices of Allen T. Miller
allen@atmlawoffice.com
(360) 754-9156

Port Townsend
David Timmons

City Manager, City of Port Townsend
dtimmons@cityofpt.us
360-379-5043

Redmond
John Marchione

Mayor, City of Redmond
mayor@redmond.gov
425-556-2102

Renton
Chris Johnson

President, Renton Nishiwaki Sister Cities Committee
425-381-7069
chris5255@gmail.com
Roger Richert
Past President, Renton Nishiwaki Sister Cities Committee

Seattle
Ben Erickson

President, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
president@seattlekobe.org
206-617-2594

Sequim
Charlie Bush

City Manager, City of Sequim
cbush@sequimwa.gov
360-681-3440

Tacoma
Debbie Bingham

Program Development Specialist, City of Taoma, Department of Community and Economic Development
debbie.bingham@cityoftacoma.org
253-591-5117

Vashon Island
Akiko Leonard

lhakiko@gmail.com
Rita Brogan
Communications Consultant, PRR
rbrogan@prrbiz.com

Mount Vernon High School
Nate Shepherd

English and AVID, Mount Vernon HS
nshepherd@mvsd320.org
360-428-6100 ext 41146

Tyee Middle School
Cheryl Lee
Language Arts, Tyee Middle School
leech@bsd405.org
425-200-4232 (please leave a message)

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