Education & Art

JAA Academic Scholarship Program

Since 1971 JAA has awarded scholarships to promising high school students who plan to continue their education in the U.S. Today, most of the awardees are children of "Shin Issei." Over 250 scholarship recipients have achieved successful careers and meaningful lives through the support of the JAA Scholarships. This year, near $40,000 will be awarded. In 2007, for the first time JAA will award $20,000 in scholarships to graduate students.

Music Scholarship Awards

The Music Scholarship was established in 1985.Every other year a music competition in held, alternating piano and stringed instruments. 48 young musicians have received awards. Alan Gilbert, an early recipient is now the chief conductor and artistic director of the Stockholm Orchestra, and has been a guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Japanese Language Education

JAA conducts curriculums development and other seminars for teachers of Japanese. Founded in 1987, JAA sponsors workshops twice a year featuring Japanese Language Education for all ages in the greater New York area.

Apple Kids

organizes workshops and events for families with young children, many of whom are newly arrived in New York. Through seasonal activities children are able to learn Japanese culture while their parents learn about the local educational system in seminars relating to the pre-school and kindergarten programs in the New York area. The events are joyfully attended by families who want to maintain a connection to their children with their community. The events include; Girls Festival, Boys Festival, Halloween and a Christmas Party. (

Art Exhibition

JAA has sponsored an Art Exhibition of well known and aspiring artists of Japanese descent. This year, Hiroshi Senju, Ushio Shinohara and Takeshi Kawashima were among the artists presenting their work.

The Japanese Business Women's Committee

was formed in 2004 to enable professional and entrepreneurial women to exchange information with each other to further their careers and their businesses. (

JAA Hall for Art and Culture

flourish at JAA with a variety of classes that are held during the week - morning workout for seniors; stretch & dance; Tai-chi, children's fitness class, Japanese calligraphy, chorus, flower arrangement, handy craft, and others. JAA Hall operates as a true community center.

JAA Library & JAA Archive

the JAA Library has about 3,000 Japanese books and 800 video/DVDs available. JAA has been collecting historical books, photos and materials concerning the history of Japanese in New York from 1900's.