About Us

What is the Society?

The Japan America Society of Vermont, Inc. (JASV) is a non-political, non-profit, volunteer organization. Membership is open to anyone seeking better understanding and interaction between Japanese and Americans. The JASV is one of more than 40 Japan-America Societies in the nation, and cooperates with the Associated Japan-America Societies of the U.S.

What is the Society's purpose?

The society seeks to improve cross cultural understanding and mutually beneficial interaction among Japanese and Vermont individuals, families, businesses and other organizations.

What is our history?

The first Japan Society was founded in Boston ninety years ago to develop friendship and understanding between the United States and Japan. The JASV was established in 1983, and membership consists of about two hundred individuals, schools and corporations.

Funding comes from corporate and general membership dues, contributions, grants, admission fees, and fees for specific services.

What does the JASV do?

The JASV sponsors activities such as a Matsuri cultural festival, business and cultural presentations, demonstrations, language courses and other programs as funding allows. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and provides referral, orientation and translation services.

How is the Society run?

Overall policy is set by a Board of Directors, elected annually from and by the membership. On-going administration is handled by the president and executive committee, assisted by volunteer staff and student interns. Activity depends on volunteer effort.