Japanese Cultural Center

The Japanese Cultural Center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Read more about our school’s status here.

The Japanese Cultural Center serves as a program source, museum, and resource center with the express purpose of reaching regional and international audiences, young and old, with information on Japanese culture to promote global friendship and peace.

4000 W Randolph Road | Spokane, WA 99224 | 509-328-2971 | 509-325-6540 FAX | JCC@mfwi.edu

Welcome to the Japanese Cultural Center!

The Japanese Cultural Center (JCC) is a facility installed on the Mukogawa U.S. Campus to encourage Spokane citizens to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and Japanese language and promote grassroots exchanges at the citizen level. Although there are several Japanese universities with branch schools in the United States, Mukogawa U.S. is the first to have a Japanese Cultural Center as an independent building. Locals who are interested in Japan have come to visit, and elementary, junior high, and high school students have come to visit as part of social lessons.

The main activities of the center consist of the following five pillars.

  1. Introduction of Japanese culture through books and videos
    • Books not only in general culture but also politics, history, Japanese, fairy tales, maps, dictionaries, magazines, newspapers and catalogs of each prefecture in Japan are displayed and are useful for people traveling to Japan. Japanese introductory videos are also used in Japanese classes for local high schools, colleges, and adults.
  2. Exhibition
    • Kimono, folk crafts, folk art toys, crafts, etc. are permanently exhibited to introduce Japanese life culture. It’s a place where you can enjoy not only watching but also playing. In addition, Japanese paper, posters, towels, etc. may be specially exhibited.
  3. Entertainment
    • We hold events such as New Year’s party, Hinamatsuri, children’s party for spring/summer vacation, and Christmas origami. In the tea room in the hall, the public gifts may be shown. Japanese cooking classes are also held regularly, making it a popular course.
  4. Introduction of Nishinomiya
    • A corner of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, which is a sister city of Spokane City, was set up to display books, photos, and special products that introduced Nishinomiya. Models of the shrine donated by Nishinomiya Rotary Club and goods of the Hanshin Tigers are also on display.
  5. Japan-U.S. Friendship Doll Program
    • In the early In the early Showa period, an American missionary who was worried about the bad relationship between Japan and the United States gave American children a Japanese doll as a goodwill ambassador to Japanese children. I gave it to. Ms. Michiko Takaoka, a former director of the JCC, learned that one of the Japanese forms was preserved in a museum in Spokane, where the Mukogawa U.S. Campus is located. Proposal to. Since 1992, a new doll exchange between Japan and the US has started, led by Mukogawa Gakuin. Until he retired in September 2006, Mr. Takaoka visited various places in the United States and searched for dolls that were given to the United States from Japan in the early Showa era and put them in photographs. In the JCC drawing, there are also doll exchange materials collected by Mr. Takaoka.