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About Us

WaNavi Japan is a nonprofit organization that provides international residents and their families with critical information and support to live comfortably and confidently in Japan. The inspiration for our work comes from the events that deeply affected Japan on March 11, 2011 and the dislocation and concern experienced by international residents in Japan. Part of our proceeds support families who have been directly affected by natural disasters.

Our Story

Starting from Helplessness On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 pm the Great East Japan Earthquake hit. I was a Japanese language teacher on maternity leave at that time. That day …

The Origin of Our Name

Our name, “WaNavi Japan,” comes from the Japanese kanji character 和 (wa), which means harmony and peace. It embeds the meaning of comfortableness, calmness and friendliness and is also used …

Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision We envision a dynamic society where people understand and appreciate cultural diversity and proactively support one another. Our Vision for international residents is to… have access to and …

News & Upcoming Events

Earthquake Preparedness Workshop

We are holding our Earthquake Preparedness Workshop on Friday, March 10, 2017 to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Please take this opportunity to prepare yourself …

WaNavi Hinatmatsuri Workshop

Hinamatsuri Family Workshop Sunday, February 26 10:00-12:30 A hands-on family day packed with fun activities! WaNavi Japan’s popular family cultural workshop is back! Join us to celebrate Hinamatsuri, the Girl’s …

WaNavi Matcha Morning

Celebrating Setsubun, the coming of spring, with Tea Ceremony Date: February 3, 2017 Day of Setsubun! Time: 10:00-12:30 Venue: To-Ri-An Tea Ceremony Academy in Meguro-ku at Toritsu-daigaku station on Tokyu …