The resources below are organizations that sponsor U.S.-Japan grassroots (people-to-people) exchange programs and activities or databases that list grassroots exchange organizations.

CULCON provides this list as an informational resource only; inclusion on this list is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of any specific organization or program.

  • Asian Cultural Council:  A non-profit exchange organization (both grant-making and grant-seeking) offering grassroots exchange programs for individuals and organizations.
    (http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/?page_id=20)
  • Foreign Volunteers Japan:  An open discussion forum for sharing  information about volunteer activities, aid delivery, and humanitarian relief issues concerning the post-quake/tsunami recovery in the Tohoku region.
    (http://foreignvolunteers.org/about-fvj/)
  • Friendship Blossoms Initiative:  A public/private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and the U.S. Department of State that is implementing a reciprocal gift of 3,000 dogwood trees to the Japanese People from the American People.
    (http://www.bridgingfoundation.org/friendship-blossom-project)
  • Sister Cities International: A non-profit exchange organization offering various programs through a network of international sister cities.
    (http://www.sister-cities.org/)
  • TOMODACHI:  A public/private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Department of State that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
    (http://usjapantomodachi.org/)
  • The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society:  A non-profit society supporting grassroots activities relating to the Manjiro Trail and Captain Whitfield’s former residence and the sister-city relationship between Fairhaven/New Bedford-Tosashimizu.
    (http://www.whitfield-manjiro.org/)