Japan America Society of Colorado

Japan in the Schools

About the Program

JASC is happy to bring Japan to your school through its Japan in the Schools program. JASC’s Program Manager will provide a presentation on Japan’s culture and language to classrooms in the Metro Denver and Boulder areas. This FREE program helps JASC fulfill its mission of connecting Japan and Colorado by providing education on Japan to elementary school children—as well as middle school students, when applicable. 

Japan in the Schools presentations include fun activities and opportunities for children to interact with Japanese cultural items, learn some easy Japanese phrases, and travel to Japan through a series of images relating to school children in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Presentations last around one hour, and are tailored to kindergarten through fifth graders. Middle schools may request the program, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

About the Lesson

Japan in the Schools uses an original curriculum created by JASC staff entitled, Journey through Japan. Using photographs, visual aids, activities and items from Japan, this presentation will take students through a typical school day of a Japanese elementary school student—while also touching on some of the holidays and customs of Japan. Following the presentation, students will have the chance to work on a Japanese craft, and also look at several cultural items which are a part of JASC’s “culture suitcase”. The presentation is given in English, but Japanese words and phrases are incorporated throughout.  


In addition to in-school presentationsJapan in the Schools has teamed up with Sakura Square to offer field trips to the Square. A JASC staff member will meet your class at Sakura Square for a 45-minute-long field trip, which will include the Buddhist Temple, Pacific Mercantile, and other areas of the square. The program will also include history of the Japanese-American community in Colorado.  

What past participants are saying

We are pleased and humbled by the positive response from teachers throughout the past school year: 

  • "I think [my students] really enjoyed everything.
  • "I loved the knowledge that Dilek had about Japan. I also really appreciated her items that she brought for the students to view."
  • "I loved watching the students creating their [origami] frames and choosing their favorite number to put in the center. This was a great thing for them to take away from the workshop."

How to Request the Japan in the Schools Program for your School

Currently, JASC is offering our Japan in the Schools program to elementary schools (Kindergarten through 5th grade). Middle and/or high schools who wish to have the Japan in the Schools program in their classrooms should contact JASC and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we can meet your needs. Field trips are tailored more towards middle school students, with the possibility to extend this option to high school students.  

Please allow 2 – 3 weeks to process requests for a Japan in the Schools program. 

Contact our office  if you would like us to send a copy of the Teacher’s Guide, which describes and supplements this program in detail. 

To request a Japan in the Schools program, click herePLEASE NOTE: Presentations are available  Wednesday through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Specific Requirements

The lesson plan is designed to last around one hour, though this can be shortened or lengthened to meet classroom needs if requested in advance. JASC does ask for an additional 5 – 10 minutes of time to set up the classroom. 

Journey through Japan is presented through a PowerPoint presentation; if your school is able to provide a projector, screen, and laptop connection for the lesson, it would be appreciated.  The program can be presented without the use of technology as well – please just let us know your preference. 

We ask that the teacher remain in the classroom throughout the entire presentation, and assist in monitoring student behavior during the presentation. 

The Program Manager travels various distances to give Japan in the Schools presentations. Extreme weather may result in a cancellation; announcements of school closures will also result in cancellation of Japan in the Schools  presentations.