Soga Japan Center

  • Photo of WMU students.

    Fostering student success: The Soga Japan Center supports students pursuing Japanese studies, those interested in studying in Japan, and recruitment of students from Japan.

  • Photo of Japanese study exercise.

    Stimulating scholarly activity: The Soga Japan Center promotes and disseminates faculty and student research on Japan, and facilitates effective learning experiences, instructional strategies and scholarly inquiries.

  • Photo of outreach event.

    Organizing outreach activities: The Soga Japan Center promotes Japanese culture, society and language in local community settings.

  • Two students at WMU's Japan Festival.

    Enriching the understanding of Japanese history, language and culture: The Soga Japan Center regularly brings scholars and artists to campus to give Japan-related lectures and readings. The center also hosts festivals, films and performances related to Japanese culture.

  • Study abroad group in Japan.

    Building international ties: The Soga Japan Center helps foster exchange between the United States and Japan.

The Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University commits itself to advancing knowledge of Japanese history, culture, business, science and technology. The center does this by:

  • Enriching the understanding of Japanese history, language and culture by hosing and organizing Japanese-related lectures, readings, festivals, films and performances.
  • Supporting exchange students from Japan as well as WMU students who want to pursue Japanese studies or study abroad in Japan.
  • Organizing outreach activities that promote Japanese culture, society and language in local community settings.
  • Promoting and disseminating faculty and student research on Japan.
  • Facilitating effective learning experiences, instructional strategies and scholarly inquiries.
  • Fostering exchange between the United States and Japan.

Upcoming events

Sunday, Aug. 17

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Kindleberger Park, Parchment, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; bring a blanket or lawn chair. Information: (269) 491-7071.

Monday, Aug. 25

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Marshall High School Auditorium, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Information: (269) 491-7071.

Friday, Aug. 29

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, The Fountains, 535 S. Riverview Dr., Parchment, 7 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Reservations required: (269) 491-7071.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Harvest Festival, Scotts, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Free. Information: (269) 491-7071.

Friday, Oct. 17

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., 7 to 9 p.m. Admission $5. Information: (269) 491-7071.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Kalamazoo New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring more than 40 performances, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission charge.