Services offered by the Center

Services of the Culture & Information Center is partially suspended due to office relocation. Please see the link below for more details.

The Culture and Information Center provides and distributes information about Japan. 

We offer various services to deepen understanding of Japan and Japanese culture. We have a reference library of both Japanese and English books, open to visitors to our office during regular hours. Our collection includes books on Japan, Japanese history and culture, modern works of fiction both about Japan and by contemporary Japanese authors (in English translation). We also have a selection of complementary pamphlets, periodicals, maps and posters for our visitors to take home.


DVDs for Viewing or Lending Program

Visitors are welcome to view our informational DVDs. 
We also have a limited but interesting collection of DVDs available for loan. Please see the lists below for more information on available titles.

Loan of cultural items such as happi coats, traditional toys, display items, etc.

Cultural Items: Happi, coats, traditional crafts, photo panels, Kamishibai (story-boards featuring traditional Japanese stories), and Hina doll sets are available for loan to schools and organizations, at the discretion of our office. Please send the form to

Information related to education, scholarship, and study opportunities in Japan, exchange programs such as the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program, etc.

Educational and Cultural Programs: In order to provide support for Japan study programs and Japanese language education, we distribute various educational materials, such as Japan-related posters, pamphlets, and printed materials, upon request and subject to availability. These materials are for use in Japanese language classrooms and by educators in this region who teach about Japan.

We also dispatch speakers to schools and other educational venues from our office, as well as welcome visits by Japanese language/social studies classes to our office to learn more about the Consulate-General of Japan and Japanese culture. (Click here for more information)

Please also visit the following link to the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, which operates an educational program aimed at both elementary and high school classes: “Japan In the Schools”.

Additionally, the Consulate recruits and screens potential applicants who wish to either study or work in Japan through exchange programs offered by the Japanese Government. For more information on studying in Japan, please visit: “Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide” and Japanese Government Scholarships. 

For those interested in working in Japan for a year, please visit: Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

Publication of the E-magazine “Japan Now”

“Japan Now”: We publish an English language e-magazine, “Japan Now.” Please follow the link below to subscribe if you are interested in updates on Japan, Japanese culture, and events and programs organized or supported by our office.

View "Japan Now" and register here