Want to bring a little bit of Japan to your school, organization, or business?

Ayako Nakajima

[email protected]

Nice to meet you from Japan!

My name is Ayako Nakajima. For the next two years (until summer in 2019), I will be working as a Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Coordinator based at the World Affairs Council Kentucky and Southern Indiana. I visit schools and communities to share Japanese culture. My main goal as a JOI coordinator is to connect people in Kentucky and Southern Indiana with Japan through a variety of grassroots activities also make them to be more interested in Japan. I look forward to meeting you soon. Please feel free to contact me!

What is JOI?

The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) aims to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in regions of the United States with relatively few Japanese activities. Its goal is to provide opportunities for exchange and also nurture new leaders in collaboration. This program is jointly administered by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Laurasian Institution (TLI).


For K-12/University

・Origami (Folding Paper)
・Chopstick Challenges
・Writing Name in Japanese
・Kamishibai (picture story telling)
・Japanese conversation
・Japanese songs
・Holidays and celebrations
・Life in Japan (School and daily)
・Pop culture (Manga and Anime)

For Business and Local Community

・Business etiquette and manners
・Japanese conversation / phrases
・Writing Name in Japanese
・Japanese movies
・Festivals (seasonal and regional)
・Holidays and celebrations
・Pop culture (Manga and Anime)
・Traditional wear (Yukata / Kimono)

And more!

Ayako (3nd from the left), along with other JOI Coordinators placed in the Midwest U.S.

If you have any particular requests or would like to schedule a presentation/demonstration, please contact [email protected] !