The Japanese Studies Center & Japanese Student Association


The Japanese Studies Center

The Japanese Studies Center was established in 1975 to sponsor Japan-related programs; promote interchange and exchange among scholars, students, and the community; and serve as a resource and information clearinghouse for persons interested in increasing their knowledge and understanding of Japan. It was intended to be an adjunct of the Japanese program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Directors have been full-time tenure track faculty in the Japanese program.

Center Director: Sachiko Matsunaga
Associate Director: Toshiko Yokota

The Center’s ongoing activities include:

  • Providing scholarships for students with demonstrated interests in Japanese studies
  • Continuing exchange programs with Kagoshima High Tech Institute and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
  • Participating in important regional scholarly and teachers organizations, such as Teachers of Japanese in Southern California
  • Supporting Japan Club activities and sponsoring other events and activities, such as Japanese speech contests and Japanese film nights

Photos from JAPAN WEEK 2015 (November 9th-12th, 2015): Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Japanese Studies Center at CSULA

CSULA Japan Week 2015: Koto and Shakuhachi CSULA Japan Week 2015 rakugo

Koto and Shakuhachi performances by Ms. Saeko Kujiraoka (left) and Mr. Shozan Shultz (right)

Rakugo performance (in English and Japanese) by Mr. Iseya Daifuku (in the center, in kimono)

CSULA Japan Week 2015 kabuki CSULA Japan Week 2015 ikebana

Kabuki lecture/performance/workshop by Mr. Gankyo Nakamura

Ikebana demonstration/workshop by Ms. Miyako Arao with her assistant, Ms. Marilyn Drageset


Japanese Student Association (JSA)

The Japanese Student Association provides opportunities for students of Japanese and others interested in Japan to meet, plan, and participate in social, cultural, recreational, and eductional activities. The past JSA activities include organizing a food sale to raise funds for the association, showing Japanese films and animations, having off-campus trips (Little Tokyo area), and attending the Japan Expo, Anime Expo, and Japan Film Festival. The JSA also promotes social and cultural exchanges with students from Japan.

Japan Club Adviser: Chisato Koike, Associate Professor in Japanese

Contact: Japan Club-CSULA <>

japan bridge