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*Update: November 23, 2020:*

In accordance with Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden’s guidelines regarding NC State University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Hill House will be CLOSED for classes until further notice.

  • Japanese language courses for the Fall 2020 semester have been moved online. The Spring 2021 semester will also be held completely online. Please check the “Courses/Programs” link on the main page soon for updated information on our Spring 2021 online classes.

For more details and for a message from the NC Japan Center Director, Jonathan Brewster, please click HERE. For any and all questions, please contact Jonathan at

Despite the temporary close of the Spring Hill House, there are many options to learn, connect, and enjoy! Click on the links below to:

Take a 3D tour of the Spring Hill House

Practice and benefit from Zazen meditation

Explore Japanese language self-study resources

Listen to George Takei’s wonderful voice and his uplifting story

Learn some easy ways to support local Japanese businesses right now

Please send us (email or by posting on the NC Japan Center Facebook page) your pictures and notes on ways you are enjoying and sharing Japanese food, music, or conversation while staying at home, so that these can be shared in our upcoming issues of the NC Japan Center “Yajirushi” newsletter!


NC Japan Center Blog:

The NC Japan Center regularly sponsors a variety of events that are announced on our blog. In addition, you will find updates on Japan-related activities of other organizations, as well as announcements of conferences, guest lectures, and the arrival of delegations and other visitors from Japan.

NC Japan Center Blog!



Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta: New position open (November, 2020):
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
Employment Opportunity
Culture and Information Section

Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is seeking an individual for a position in the Culture and Information Section. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder, must be fluent in Japanese and English, and possess computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel etc., preferred).

To apply for this position, please send your resume to by December 16 (Wednesday)


米国籍または米国永住権を有し、英語による読解・文書作成ができ、パソコン(特にホームページ作成・編集、マイクロソフト社ワード・エクセル等必須)使用可能な方。日本語ができることが望ましい。ご関心のある方は、履歴書を添付の上 12月16日(水)までご連絡下さい。

業務内容:①広報文化業務 ②報道関連業務
勤務場所:在アトランタ日本国総領事館(3438 Peachtree Road Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326)


“Japanese Jobs 101” Webinar (Ikigai Connections):
The founder of Ikigai Connections, Ms. Kasia Lynch, hosted this very informative webinar for students at the University of Michigan Flint, on the subject of studying Japanese and finding professions where their Japanese language skills will be an asset. She is joined by a number of speakers from places like Shiga Prefecture, Ohio and Michigan, talking about their own experiences. Please click on the link above to view!


“Zazen” Meditation by Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple (Kyoto)
Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple providing free “Zazen” meditation instruction.
(sourced from JAS-NC)

Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple (YouTube Channel)

During this very difficult time in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of one’s mental health is extremely important. Deputy Head Priest at the Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Rev. Daiko Matsuyama has made the kind offer, through our good friends at the Japan-America Society of North Carolina, to provide free “Zazen” meditation instruction.


NC-Japan Business Conference
The return of the biggest Japan-related conference in North Carolina will take place in Spring, 2021 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel!

The NC Japan Center will be hosting the “NC-Japan Business Conference” this spring, returning again to this highly valued past tradition. The event will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel (Imperial Ballroom) in Spring, 2021.

Event Agenda (tentative):
1:00 PM: Arrival and Registration
2:00 PM: Opening Remarks (North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland)
2:10 PM: Speaker Series #1
3:00 PM: “Coffee Break” (coffee, tea, and light hors d’oeuvres)
3:30 PM: Speaker Series #2
4:30 PM: Closing Remarks (North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall)
4:40 PM: “After-Event Networking” (alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres)
6:00 PM: Event closes

The conference serves all companies, organizations and individuals involved in the wide spectrum of relationships between North Carolina and Japan. Knowledgeable speakers from government and from the highest levels of some of the most successful Japanese businesses in our state will provide the latest information on trade and commerce. We will hear not only about the triumphs in our partnerships with Japan, but also the current challenges we all must come together to solve.

There will be ample opportunity to network, including catered coffee breaks and an after-event networking reception. Convenient parking is located right in front of the entrance doors to the Imperial Ballroom!


All NC Japan Center Corporate Members have a number of free tickets, depending on their level of membership. Non-member registration is $50, with two options for payment:

•Online at the NC Japan Center eStore (3% convenience fee applies).
-Please select the first option from the menu on the right
•Mailing a check payable to “NC State University” to:
NC Japan Center, Campus Box 8112, Raleigh, NC 27695


We are very pleased to offer a special discount on NC Japan Center Corporate Memberships (one year) with a sponsorship of this event, according to level. This sponsorship can be make by check or through our e-store (3% convenience fee applies).

Platinum Level Sponsorship: $5,000 (50% discount on any membership)
Gold Level Sponsorship: $4,000 (40% discount on any membership)
Silver Level Sponsorship: $3,000 (30% discount on any membership)
Bronze Level Sponsorship: $2,000 (20% discount on any membership)

*All sponsors shall be promoted at the event through marquee display and announcement at the event opening.*

Please forward all questions to


NC Japan Center Summer Camp 2020:
Join us next summer for another amazing week of immersive Japanese language and cultural instruction, including field trips! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Five-day summer camp:
Tuition: $325/camper
Camp size: 20 campers (13 – 18 years old) – first come, first served!
Camp time: Drop off: 9:30AM / Pick up: 5:00PM (camp shall start at 10:00AM and wrap up at 4:30PM)

Lunch shall be provided for all five days: Lunch will be at an NC State dining hall, and this is included in the $325 tuition. Each camper shall receive one NC Japan Center t-shirt.

The NC Japan Center will have limited Japanese drinks and snacks for our campers; they are strongly encouraged to bring their own drinks from home (please do not bring snacks).

If any campers require medication during the program period, they must bring their own medication and administer it, themselves. The same goes for Epi-pens, although in an absolute emergency, camp staff are authorized to administer life-saving medicine (such as an Epi-pen) that campers have brought for their own use.

Basic Camp Schedule (tentative):

9:30 – 10:00AM: Camper drop-off at Spring Hill House

10:00 – 11:30AM: Japanese language class (beginner/intermediate level)
(one 5-minute break at 10:45AM)

11:30AM – 12:45PM: Lunch at an NC State Dining Hall

12:45 – 1:15PM: Japanese Meditation (“Zazen”)

1:15 – 3:30PM: Japan-related workshops (origami, “shodo” (calligraphy), making Japanese lanterns, “manga art class,” karate workshop), field trips to Sarah P. Duke Japanese Gardens / Teahouse, Toyo Shokuhin, Japanese restaurant). Similar activities may be substituted at the discretion of the leadership.

3:30 – 4:30PM: Language Review (Japanese conversation using practical topics)4:30 – 5:00PM: / Wrap-up / Camper Pick-up at Spring Hill House (watch Japanese anime during this time)


Take a 3-D Tour of the Spring Hill House:

We were very fortunate to have the Spring Hill House 3-D scanned, this past week. A special thank you to the Associate Director of the NC State Communications & Marketing, Enrollment Management & Services Team Mr. Brantley Atkinson for making this happen! Please give it look at the following link:


NC Japan Center T-shirts:

The new NC Japan Center t-shirts have just come in! They are available now for a very reasonable $20, in sizes S through XXL! Stop by the Spring Hill House and pick up yours, today!