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Our mission is to expose our students and the wider Bellevue College community to multiple facets of Japanese culture. The objectives include: § exposing BC students to a variety of Japanese cultural aspects - not just what is seen in movies and TV. § Involving students in topics in more depth or in a more interactive manner than what can be easily achieved in a classroom environment. § Providing a forum for the presentation and practice of Japanese art forms presented by traditional artists and artisans. § Encouraging wider participation in and appreciation of the Arts and Crafts of Japan. § Providing a "Japanese Style" community event where students can meet and mingle with citizens of Japan living in the area as expatriates. § Improving personal and community relationships through a better understanding of Japan’s rich culture. Marketing, Event Planning and Communication skills are developed.
The annual JAPAN WEEK @ Bellevue College event is planned and operated by the Bellevue College Japanese Culture Exchange Club. This student Club won the college's "Club of the Year Award" in 2019. We had our first Japan Week in 2017 promoting the rich Japanese culture to our students and the wider community, inviting guest lecturers, performers, and exhibitors who share their professional skills and knowledge.
High school students can earn volunteer credits by volunteering at Japan Week.