Sakura Network

The JF Nihongo Network (Sakura Network)

Since the fiscal year 2008, the Japan Foundation has been building up the JF Nihongo Network (“Sakura Network”) with the cooperation of Japanese language education institutions worldwide.

The Japan Foundation expects the “Sakura Network” members to play a significant role in terms of enhancing the Japanese language education in their region or country by utilizing various programs provided by the Japan Foundation.

We hope that this network will develop and prosper in every part of the world, just like beautiful cherry blossoms, hence the name “Sakura Network.”

The Japan Foundation will work together in cooperation with the member organizations of the “Sakura Network” to enhance the quality of overseas Japanese language education and provide opportunities to learn the Japanese language.


Sakura Netwrok Members in the US

1. Nationwide

  • The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)


2. Japanese Language Proficiency Test Host Institutions

  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Georgetown University (Washington DC)
  • Lehman College of the City University of New York (Bronx, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (Manoa, HI)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

3. Japanese Teacher's Associations

  • Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO)
  • California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS)
  • Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT)
  • Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HATJ)
  • Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ)
  • Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ)
  • Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ)


For additional information, please visit the website of the Japan Foundation's World Headquarters below.