About Us

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) is a coordinating unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), which fosters the study of Japan across academic disciplines. It is housed among other area studies units within the School of Pacific & Asian Studies (SPAS), which focuses on the international, intercultural, and multidisciplinary education of UH Students.

News & Events

CJS Events Calendar


Notice: Our office (Moore Hall 216) is closed for in-person business until further notice.
For assistance, please contact cjs@hawaii.edu

two male pictured in the picture, sitting seiza style in the jakuan (tea house). The male on the left is preparing a bowl of tea and the male on the right is the guest, observing the making process and awaiting the cup of tea. To his right is a single blossom in the alcove. The window opens to the garden.

2021 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

Information on the 2021 MEXT (research student) scholarship is available on the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu’s website here.
PDF flyers:

J-Current Newsletter, Spring 2020

Access our Spring 2020 newsletter, the "J-Current" here. We published the issue on June 9, 2020, and sent an updated newsletter with corrections on June 10th.

Fall 2020 Japan-related courses at UHM

Flyers for Japan-related courses this Fall:

ANTH 462 East Asian Archaeology

EALL 371 Topics in Traditional Jpn Literature: From Beyond the Grave

MUS 311C Japanese Koto Ensemble

MUS 311I Gagaku Ensemble I

MUS 411I Asian Ensemble II (Kabuki Percussion)

THEA 428 Japanese Acting: Kabuki

THEA 420C Intermediate Voice: Kabuki Speech

THEA 499 Independent Research: Kabuki Music (Nagauta)

For a full list of Japan-related courses, click here -- to access this folder, you will need to be signed-in to your UH account. Class details (e.g. time, location) may still change, so please check the UHM Fall 2020 Class Availability page for the latest information.

Summer 2020 Japan-related courses at UHM

On March 31, 2020, UHM announced that summer classes will move online. In-person classes for Session II (July 6 - Aug.14) will be determined by May 15.

For a list of Japan-related courses offered during Summer Session 1 (May 26 - July 2), click here for PDF file.

Please check the UHM Summer 2020 Class Availability site for the latest on class details.

Graduate Certificate in Japanese Studies

The Asian Studies Graduate Program offers a Certificate in Japanese Studies that are open to UHM students of graduate standing who meet the admission requirements. To obtain the certificate, students must complete 15 credits of coursework on Japan, with at least 9 credits at 600 level or above (including ASAN 600J Scope and Methods of Japanese Studies, ASAN 750J Research Colloquium in Japanese Studies), and demonstrate at least second year level Japanese language.

For further information, please contact the Asian Studies Graduate Program Chair, Dr. Young-A Park, at [yapark@hawaii.edu]

Visit Us

Our office will be closed until further notice. CJS staff are available by e-mail as they work from home during this time. 

Our office hours and contact information are:

Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
Moore Hall 216, 1890 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822

Email: cjs@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-956-2665
Fax: 808-956-2666