The Japan Week student leaders hope you’re all doing well during this difficult time. BC has announced that fall quarter classes will be online only, and campus will remain mostly closed. Therefore, this year’s Japan Week activities will also be offered online only – as a virtual event. Due to the long lead times needed for event planning, even if the COVID-19 situation improves, and BC decides to offer some live classes on campus in the fall, the 2020 Japan Week will be virtual only.  

For BC students, a series of lectures and performances will be presented during the school week from Sept. 28 (Mon) through Oct. 2 (Fri), 2020. We also plan to make available to the public – virtually – many of the Japan Week lectures, demonstrations and performances that the public has come to enjoy over the years on the culminating Saturday festival day. More details to come, so please 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:

2020 Virtual JAPAN WEEK

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


Sept. 28 (Mon) – Oct. 3 (Sat), 2020

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2018 Website Managers: Devon Rice, Meili Hsu

2019 Website Managers: Alex Horn, Devon Rice, Meili Hsu

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