TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS JAPANESE IN NORTHEAST INDIANA
THROUGH FESTIVALS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Our origins date back to the 1980's and over the years we have grown and evolved into the organization known today as the Japanese American Association of Indiana (JAAI). Our purpose is primarily:
To conduct and foster programs, outreach activities and services and to sponsor a wide range of cultural events that explore the Japan- United States Relationship, such as those which support the Japanese Saturday School at PFW, formerly known as IPFW.
To provide Indiana’s youth and communities with educational experiences of Japanese culture and enhanced international understanding;
To conduct family events and cultural gatherings to bring together people of both countries and provide educational opportunities;
To provide a clearing house for information related to legal, health and social issues of elderly members of the Japanese-American community.
The heart of our organization is the collective of volunteers that so generously provide their time and talent in pursuit of the altruistic goals of JAAI. JAAI cannot exist without these volunteers or without the support of the surrounding community. We encourage all with an interest in Japan or a desire to help further our goals to contact us and learn more.
Our largest event, the Annual Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, has welcomed more than 10,000 people.
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