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.
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!
Auburn/Kent Bellevue Ellensburg/Kittitas County Lakewood Moses Lake Olympia Port Townsend Renton Roger Richert Seattle Sequim Tacoma Vashon Island Mount Vernon High School Tyee Middle School
Tourism Coordinator, City of Auburn
Building Official/Division Director, City of Bellevue Development Services Dept
District 1 County Commissioner, Kittitas County Board of Commissioners
Economic Development Manager, City of Lakewood
Owner of Langshaw Investments
President, Olympia Kato Sister Cities Association
Owner, Law Offices of Allen T. Miller
City Manager, City of Port Townsend
President, Renton Nishiwaki Sister Cities Committee
Past President, Renton Nishiwaki Sister Cities Committee
President, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
City Manager, City of Sequim
Program Development Specialist, City of Taoma, Department of Community and Economic Development
Communications Consultant, PRR
English and AVID, Mount Vernon HS
Mount Vernon High School
Tyee Middle School