Help the Ukraine with Koyamada International Foundation

Our friends, the Koyamada Foundation, has been responding to disaster relief crises around the world since 2011 and the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. We have collaborated with the Koyamada Foundation in the San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities relationship and the Young Professionals Forums across 6 sister city (USA/Japan) which were presented in a report through CULCON Japan and CULCON USA to the President’s Office of the USA and the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan.

In the last few days, the situation in the Ukraine merited attention. With friends and citizens to unite and donate to the effort, KIF is working with those on the ground to get immediate aid to refugees.

Our sincere condolences to the People of Japan

Whether you are or were politically inclined or disinclined, the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shocking. The Sister City program of Citizen Diplomacy is about understanding between cultures, peaceful discussion and friendship. We deplore violence and hope for peace, not only between our cities and nations, but within our cities and nations.

Bells for Peace

The JFG in June!

Just in! – The garden color has changed from pink toward summer hues of red and purple. Take a look below: (photos courtesy of John Pivetti, Jr.-Gardener, Japanese Friendship Garden)

Summer Student Virtual Exchange

DEADLINE: June 5, 2022
If you are a middle school or high school student in San Jose or neighboring cities that would like to participate in an exciting virtual exchange with students in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, just fill out our online application before the deadline date (June 5, 2022)!

Do you have an interest in learning about other cultures, an interest in anime, life as a student in Japan, sister cities, the Japanese language, or just want to try a new experience?
This is for you!
Apply now! is
Semi finalists and Finalists will be notified via email (see dates on flyer)

Nikkei Matsuri 4/24/2022

SJOSC will be participating in Nikkei Matsuri with a community craft booth this year!
We will have a raffle also For a donation of $1-one ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, you’ll have a chance to win!
~1st Prize: a new SJOSC Happi (coat)! Designed with SJOSC and Kilamek, Co. in Japan
~2nd Prize: a koi plushie + Koyokun (our mascot) keychain
~3rd Prize: a koi plushie

Student Virtual Exchange Summer 2021

Held on August 6, 2021 PDT our team of seven students and two volunteer SJOSC staff members were pleased to participate with Okayama City hosting our second virtual exchange of the year!

We shared the food we like and thanks to Alice on our student team – It was all student video and student edited!

We also shared a great ‘Intro to San Jose’ video which we will try to post next!