Culture and Education
As the Midwest’s Japanese population grew, and interest in Japan intensified, many organizations were developed in Ohio and Michigan to support Japanese nationals and encourage cross cultural exchange.These days, community members are an active part of Japan America Societies, Japanese business organizations, student groups, and clubs such as language, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana all over Ohio and Michigan.
The Consulate General works to support and augment these vital cultural ties. Through events such as lectures, art exhibitions, speech contests, visitation programs and festivals the Consulate General seeks increased cultural awareness and understanding. Through these efforts it is the Consulate General’s goal to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the citizens of Japan and the citizens of Michigan and Ohio.
Cultural and Language Learning Opportunities
MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Consulate General-administered MEXT grant and scholarship programs provide educational opportunities to Americans wishing to study in Japan.
JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program)
The JET Program, offers Michigan and Ohio university graduates the opportunity to work in Japan as an Assisant Language Teacher or Coordinator of International Relations.
Japanese Language and Cultural Studies
There are also opportunities for state university students to gain educational and cultural experience in Japan via programs such as the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Shiga Prefecture. High school students can also take part in the Michigan/Shiga Student Exchange Program as well as local sister-city exchange programs.
Resources at the Detroit Consulate Office
The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit maintains a collection of various materials on Japan and Japanese culture.
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For Students, Researchers, General Public:
We can provide booklets, pamphlets, articles and magazines on various aspects of Japan and its culture. These materials may be requested by contacting the Culture Section via phone, mail, fax or email.
For Teachers and Non Profit Organizations:
A variety of materials are available for loan, such as videos, CDs, slides, maps, posters, festival garb, and exhibit items. These materials may be requested by contacting the Culture Section via phone, mail, fax or email. If you wish to tour our cultural items collection, please contact our office.
For cultural grants, be sure to check New York's Japan Foundation website
For education related grants, e.g., speech contests, teaching materials, salary assistance, etc. visit the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles site.
Cultural Presentations and School Visits
Downloadable materials: Flyer
School visits are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (depending on location). Visits are usually 1 to 2 hours and are usually in 1 to 2 individual classrooms, but this is flexible. We now offer virutal classroom visits!
To arrange a school visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-567-0120 EXT. 226
Want to globalize and learn about a different culture? The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit offers free presentations on traditional Japanese culture, as well as a variety of other Japan-related topics, such as art, pop culture, and etiquette. Visits are usually 1 to 2 hours and are usually in 1 to 2 individual classrooms, but this is flexible.
To learn more about cultural presentations, please email us at email@example.com or call 313-567-0120 EXT. 226
For additional educational or cultural information, please feel free to email our Cultural & Public Affairs Section at firstname.lastname@example.org