Amanogawa is an alumni association for students who have studied in Japan on a Japanese Government Scholarship. The association aims to encourage aspiring scholars, support current scholars, and provide a place for alumni to maintain their relationship with other students and the broader Japanese community. Amanogawa is based in Seattle, Washington, and most of its events take place in the Seattle area.

Membership is open to all past participants in any of the following Japanese Government Scholarship Programs:
  • Graduate research fellowship (kenkyuusei)
  • Undergraduate Japanese studies (nikkensei)
  • Technical studies
  • Vocational studies (senkousei)
  • Teacher education (kyoukensei)
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Association of International Education in Japan Honor Scholarship

What does Amanogawa offer?

Networking: Events where members come together to share their experience and support each other professionally.

Volunteer: Amanogawa participates in a number of events every year, including Sakura-Con and Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, as well as various Pre-departure Orientation programs, information sessions, and other MEXT Scholarship-related events hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

Leadership Positions: Officers are elected once a year and are responsible for planning events and coordinating volunteers. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership experience and get involved in the community.

Share Your Experience: Would you like to share your story with aspiring MEXT students? You can share your experience by filling out a member profile or by participating in career fairs and other recruiting events with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

Outside of the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle’s jurisdiction?

Amanogawa is still here for you! As the only official alumni group for recipients of Japanese government scholarships in the US, Amanogawa has the dream of one day becoming national but first it needs to know where scholars are and if there is an interest. Please sign-up by emailing and include the following information:

First Name:
Last Name:
Type of Scholarship:
School in Japan:
Major/Area of Study:
Start Year:
End Year:
Current City and State:

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle will keep these records and will not share your information. If Amonogawa becomes an independent organization again, members will be informed through email and told how to sign up under the new management.