Discover Japan in Michigan: Kanako Morishita, Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Coordinator

Book your activity today

JOI Coordinator of Michigan, Kanako Morishita

My name is Kanako Morishita. I am based at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities office at Michigan State University to promote Japanese cultural and educational understanding to audiences of all ages across Michigan until the summer of 2019.

I am excited to bring many fun events and presentations to you and your local community! I look forward to working with you during my time here.

What is the JOI program?

Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Logo

The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) aims to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in regions of the United States with relatively few Japan-related opportunities available to them. While I am here, I will offer Japanese cultural activities and opportunities to help encourage more Michiganders to learn about my home country.

The JOI program is administered by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and The Laurasian Institute (TLI).

Bring Japan to Your Community

I am happy to do the following activities for your professional group, local organization, or school. If you have any other ideas not included below, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to work something out with you and your group!

Business and Professional Groups

  • Japanese business etiquette and manners
  • Conversational/business phrases
  • Honorific language in Japanese (keigo)
  • Japanese work environment
  • Imports and exports
  • Gender in Japanese companies and society
  • Japanese, English translation

JOI - Kanako with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on the 50th anniversary of the Michigan-Shiga Sister State Relationship

K-12 Schools, Universities, and Local Community Organizations

  • Children’s games
  • Haiku hiking”: Creating haiku (type of Japanese poetry) while hiking
  • Holidays in Japan
  • Japanese art including calligraphy, origami, etc.
  • Japanese daily life (traditional & modern)
  • Japanese school life (traditional & modern)
  • Japanese food & cooking
  • Japanese language (standard & dialects)
  • Japanese stories in Japanese & English with kamishibai (picture storytelling)
  • Traditional Japanese music & dance
  • Martial arts (e.g. Japanese archery)
  • Names in Japanese (including writing your own in Japanese characters)
  • Pop culture (e.g. manga, anime, movies, music, fashion, etc.)
  • Seasonal & regional festivals
  • Tea ceremony
  • Table manners & chopsticks
  • Traditional Japanese clothing (e.g. kimono, yukata, etc.)

Kanako teaching younger K-12 students about kendama and traditional Japanese clothing


Book Your Japanese Cultural Activities Today!

Are you ready to discuss how you can bring these opportunities to your group/school? Or do you have any questions for me? If so, please contact me anytime!

Email: morishi4@msu.edu
Phone: 517-355-4654
Facebook: JOI Coordinator of Michigan