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Japan-America Grassroots Summit

June 25, 2019 - July 1, 2020

OKSCA will be sponsoring an adult visit to Kato in conjunction with the 29th Japan-America Grassroots Summit from June 25 to July 1, 2019. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the application and request Kato City for the local session.


What is the Japan – America Grassroots Summit?

The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. It celebrates the historic friendship between Nakahama Manjiro and Captain William Whitfield.

Whitfield rescued the marooned Manjiro in 1841 and shared his own home. Later, Manjiro’s rare command of English and salutary experience in America became pivotal to the Japan/US relationship after Perry’s arrival in 1853.

Each year, Japanese prefectures and American states alternate as hosts for about a week, sharing their homes and the unique features of their communities. More than 100 people usually participate as guests, enjoying sight-seeing, cultural activities, welcome and closing ceremonies, and staying with a host family.

The Grassroots Summit Consists of the Three Exchange Events
People of all ages and backgrounds participate in the Summit, but they all have on thing in common: a desire to create stronger ties and greater understanding between the people of Japan and America. The three exchange events include:

  • Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception
  • Local sessions and homestay (three days)
  • Closing Ceremony & Farewell Reception

Click the link below to see the full schedule.


June 25, 2019
July 1