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Unfortunately the 2020 & 2021 Japan-America Grassroots Summit in Wakayama, Japan has been postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Visit the links below for updates regarding the 2022 Summit and other Center for International Exchage activities.

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2016 Japan-America Grassroots Summit in Greater Atlanta

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        October 4 ~ 11, 2016        

The Japan‐America Grassroots Summit is an annual 1 week cultural exchange program for Japanese and American citizens of all ages, held alternately each year in Japan and the United States. An average of 200 people travel across the Pacific to take part in strengthening the peaceful relationship between the two countries by fostering peace and friendship at the grassroots level.




Metro-Atlanta and the surrounding areas in Georgia will be the host for The 26th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2016  taking place October 4-11, 2016. Residents of 15 greater Atlanta cities will open their homes and hearts to the Japanese visitors for a three‐day  local home-stay program after the opening in Atlanta. The host cities are:

 Alpharetta/Milton Gainesville
 Athens Macon
 Columbus Marietta
 Dahlonega Newnan/Chattahoochee Hills

 Peachtree City


 Rome/Floyd County

 Elberton  Roswell

       Host Family/Local Sessions Handbook       

Host Family Application

The Summit honors one of the first friendships between an American and a Japanese – Captain William H. Whitfield, a whaler, and John Manjiro Nakahama, a young fisherman and the first Japanese citizen to be educated in America. Their life‐long friendship, a unique bond begun in 1841, continues through their descendants to the present day. Manjiro’s knowledge of America facilitated the opening of Japan to trade with the western world following the arrival of Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1853. Manjiro taught English, navigation, ship‐ building and American ideas, such as democracy, to young Japanese samurai who led Japan to modernize and join the developed world.

The 2016 Japan‐America Grassroots Summit is organized by the Japan‐America Society of Georgia and the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange, and presented in cooperation with the Consulate‐General of Japan in Atlanta, host cities, and partnering  community organizations.

Help make this year's Grassroots Summit a huge success by supporting our KickStarter Campaign & making a contribution at

日米草の根交流サミット大会は、ジョン万次郎ホイットフィールド記念国際草の根交流センター (CIE)が毎年日本とアメリカで交互に開催している約一週間の交流イベントです。この大会の目的は、日本とアメリカの市民一人ひとりが国境・言葉・生活習慣などの違いを超え、同じ人間として互いに心を通わせ合い、理解し合い、友情を深め合うことによって、日本とアメリカの良好な友好関係を築き上げていくことにあります。


2016 Grassroots Summit Sponsors

The Japan-America Society of Georgia, Inc.

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote

mutual understanding between the people of Japan

 and the state of Georgia 


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