The Japan Week student leaders hope you’re all doing well during this difficult time. We still do not know if the fall quarter classes at Bellevue College will be offered only online or whether the campus will re-open for ‘live’ in-person classes. If the fall quarter classes are all online, then this year’s Japan Week activities will also be offered online only – as a virtual event. If the COVID-19 situation improves and BC decides to offer live classes on campus, then the Japan Week will also be held as usual on campus. As soon as the decision for the fall quarter classes is made by the BC administrators, we will post the update here.

Whether virtual or live-on-the-ground, note that Oct. 3 (Sat), 2020 is the Japan Week public festival day. For BC students, a series of lectures and performances will be presented during the entire week from Sept 28 (Mon) – Oct. 2 (Fri), 2020. Stay tuned!

The annual JAPAN WEEK @ Bellevue College is planned and organized by the Bellevue College Japanese Culture Exchange Club student members utilizing 200+ volunteers. It is a one-week long event consisting of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops introducing various aspects of Japanese culture and history during the week for BC students. The Saturday of Japan Week is a Japanese festival day (“Matsuri”), open to the public and dedicated to celebrating Japan’s rich culture and history. Join us for a day of games, food, music, performances, workshops, and activities: Play with traditional Japanese toys in the “kids” corner, shop at our Flea Market full of authentic Japanese gifts, learn the Code of Samurai “Bushido,” enjoy the martial arts/tea ceremony/flower arranging/calligraphy demonstrations, take a picture at the yukata photo booth, enjoy Japanese stories in the Planetarium, show off your karaoke talents, participate in the cosplay contest, and test your knowledge of Japan in the Japan trivia contest. JAPAN WEEK @ Bellevue College offers fun activities for everyone of all ages!

Make sure you experience all that the Japan Week Festival has to offer. Plan your visit by checking out our full list of activities, exhibitors and performers from the greater Puget Sound region!

Get involved today by signing up to be a volunteer. We are recruiting 200 volunteers for this year’s event, so we need your help. Please follow the link to the Get Involved page and read the Volunteer section thoroughly. Help us bring JAPAN to our campus!

Here is our promo video for 2019:


Presented by BC Japanese Culture Exchange Club together with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle


Festival Day: Oct. 3 (Sat), 2020, 10 am – 5 pm

Lecture Sessions for BC students: Sept. 28 (Mon) – Oct. 2 (Fri), 2020

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