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What is the JOI Program?

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The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) is a joint initiative of The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasian Institution that brings volunteer Japanese coordinators to regions of the United States where Japanese culture has been less accessible. JOI coordinators are hosted by U.S. nonprofits and educational institutions with a strong commitment to promoting learning about Japan. 

This two-year program provides JOI coordinators an opportunity to engage their American community in Japanese-theme programming; from lectures to hands-on elementary school activities to events focusing on traditional Japanese art forms. The University of Central Oklahoma is honored to be the recipient of a JOI Coordinator from 2021-23.

Sample Education Related Activities Led by JOI Coordinator

  • Introduction to origami, tea ceremony, taiko drums, anime, etc.;
  • “Japan in a Suitcase” and teacher workshops;
  • Working with curriculum specialists of district schools;
  • Language and culture competitions for K-16 students;
  • Japan clubs, JET program explanation, festivals, etc.;
  • Tutoring Japanese language students at universities;
  • Teaching business etiquette and useful phrases for travelers;
  • Presentations on pop culture, education, government, economy, etc.; and, 
  • Demonstrations of arts, crafts, toys, food, music, etc.

To have a Japanese activity hosted for your organization, contact the International House.