Summer in JAPAN


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Celebrating 10th Anniversary!

Summer in JAPAN

Summer in JAPAN (SIJ), a non-profit educational organization established in Oita, Japan, by Mari and Sumire Hirotsuru, provides an English summer seminar for youth. The program is designed to foster a spirit of mutual understanding in a global era. SIJ is founded on the three core principles: Innovative English Education, Eventful International Exchange, and Educational Platforms in Every Single Neighborhood. In the pursuit of excellence in these three areas, SIJ recruits student instructors from top American universities. This unique composition facilitates a robust and rewarding experience for both the instructors and their students. Programs are structured around an immersive English environment consisting of a dynamic set of workshops. These include Public Speaking, Computer Science, Performing Arts, and Essay Writing. Program events, including a world-class musical performance, pave the way for meaningful international exchange through the promotion of culture and the arts. SIJ has long sought to spread the benefits of these programs to communities across Japan. Regularly from a pool of over one-hundred extremely qualified applicants from top American universities, we select ten to twelve exciting young people, to share their passion, creativity and leadership with participating students. Our participants aged 7 to 18 come together from around 10 different countries hoping for their bright future as a global citizen. 

The 9th Summer in JAPAN Concert – Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Friends –


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