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[Manjiro] 29th Japan-America Grassroots Summit

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Monday, July 1, 2019

What is the Japan – America Grassroots Summit?

The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. It celebrates the historic friendship between Nakahama Manjiro and Captain William Whitfield. Whitfield rescued the marooned Manjiro in 1841 and shared his own home. Later, Manjiro’s rare command of English and salutary experience in America became pivotal to the Japan/US relationship after Perry’s arrival in 1853. Each year, Japanese prefectures and American states alternate as hosts for about a week, sharing their homes and the unique features of their communities. More than 100 people usually participate as guests, enjoying sight-seeing, cultural activities, welcome and closing ceremonies, and staying with a host family.

The Grassroots Summit Consists of the Three Exchange Events.

People of all ages and backgrounds participate in the Summit, but they all have on thing in common: a desire to create stronger ties and greater understanding between the people of Japan and America.

Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Reception:

The Grassroots Summit starts with Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception. Welcome speeches and local cuisines is offered at the ceremony and the reception. This convivial party is the first opportunity for participants to meet the people of their host region, including volunteers and dignitaries.

Local Sessions (Homestay Program):

During this program, participants will experience the unique culture of the local area through the four days and three nights homestay. The local town leaders and host families work together to share the best features of their town. This person-to-person exchange is the essence of the Japan-America Grassroots Summit.

Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception:

The Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception are the final events, allowing everyone to reflect on, and celebrate their experiences. There are attended not only by the participants but also by host families, volunteers and others connected in the Summit. True grassroots exchange builds on this depature point.


Packaged Participation Fee: $2,740

Registration Deadline: May 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

More Info Register Online
Price Includes: 
  • Round trip transportation between the listed cities (left) and Hyogo, including international & domestic airfares and bus cost
    (Please contact with Nippon Travel Agency about the departure from other cities)
  • Hotel accommodation in Hyogo based on the double occupancy
  • Bento box dinner on 6/25
  • All breakfast in Hyogo
  • Most of the meals during Local Session
  • All transportation in Japan during the Summit period
  • All participation, administration and handling costs for the Summit
Price Does Not Include: 
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
    ( FYI: As of Aug. 2018, fuel surcharge & taxes are $385 for the round trip between JFK/LAX and Osaka Itami. )
    4% credit card processing fee
  • Hotel single supplement surcharge
  • Optional tour during and after the Summit program



June 24th Depart USA 
June 25th  Arrive at Itami Airport via Narita/Haneda

Travel to Himeji by Bus 

June 26th  Optional Local Tour

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Reception 

June 27th  Travel to Local Session Area
June 28th  Local Session 
June 29th  Local Session or Host-Family Day
June 30th  Depart Local Session Area for Awaji

Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception 

July 1st  Leave for Itami Airport

Return to the USA 


Monday, June 24, 2019
Monday, July 1, 2019
Event Category:


Center for International Exchange
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.