New Years’ Events

We hosted a series of Happy New Year events, featuring Mochitsuki, a Green Tea Ceremony, and Calligraphy. It was a joyous occasion as we welcomed 240 members of the community, celebrating the arrival of the New Year in the traditional Japanese manner.

Sister City : CB Middle School Home Stay Program

10 students and 2 chaperones came to visit for the first time after COVID from Muroran City, Japan. Students did Homestay & Teacher visited L & N Stem school & Bearden High School. Mayor Kincannon welcomed the Sister City delegations. They exchanged presents.

Meeting with the Consul-General Yoichi Matsumoto

Executive Director of ACCTN Kumi Aldemran, Japan outreach Initiative Program coordinator Mana & Miku and Junko Tezuka-Arnold, PhD. Master Lecturer, Japanese visit the Consul-General Matsumoto to share their mission and plan for Japan Out-reach initiative Program.

Meeting With Knox County Mayor Jacobs

Japan outreach Initiative Program coordinator Mana arrived in Knoxville from Japan. Mana met County Mayor Jacobs. Mayor Jacobs connected us with a couple organizations that the JOI coordinator can be partners with.

Japan Showcase Origami Workshop in Maryville College

Asian Culture Center of TN JOI coordinator Mana was invited to Maryville College to do the Japan showcase! Students enjoyed the Origami workshop and made pumpkins and ghosts.

This was the first outreach activity by Mana. She came from Japan in August, to promote the awareness and understanding of Japan through workshops and activities.

When she was 12 years old, She experienced summer camp and homestay in the United States. She studied abroad in Massachusetts and met many International students. She really enjoyed knowing the differences between the United States or other countries and Japan. She realized the fun and importance of cultural exchange from that experience.

She believes that cultural experiences make people’s lives more beautiful and enriched.

She will be in Knoxville for 2 years. If you are interested in having her at your place, please feel free to contact us. She is happy to visit schools, universities, colleges, museums, libraries, or any organization/group interested in learning about Japan.