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Host Family Application for 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018


  • Key Person: Ben Erickson
    Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
  • Key Person: Gregg Schrader
    City of Bellevue Development Services
    (For Tyee Middle School, please select 13-Tyee Middle School)
  • Key Person: Lorraine Chachere
    City of Auburn
  • Key Person: Commissioner Paul Jewell
    Kittitas County Board of Commissioners
  • Key Person: Becky Newton
    City of Lakewood
  • Key Person: Deb Langshaw
    Langshaw Investments
  • Key Person: Allen Miller
    Olympia Kato Sister Cities Association
    Law Offices of Allen T. Miller
  • Key Person: City Manager David Timmons
    City of Port Townsend
  • Key Persons: Chris Johnson + Roger Richert
    Renton Nishiwaki Sister Cities Committee
  • Key Person: City Manager Charlie Bush
    City of Sequim
  • Key Person: Debbie Bingham
    City of Tacoma
  • Key Person #1: Rita Brogan, PRR
    Key Person #2: Akiko Leonard
  • Key Person: Cheryl Lee
    Tyee Middle School
  • Key Person: Nate Shepherd
    Mount Vernon High School

Registration is closed

Become a Host Family for

the 28th Grassroots Summit

September 20-23, 2018

What is the Grassroots Summit?

The Japan America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale exchange of Japanese and American people, held alternatively in Japan and America. The Summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between our two countries by fostering friendship at the grassroots level. More information here.

Local Sessions

After opening the Summit in Seattle, participants leave for their home stay town and stay with their host family for four days and three nights.  During the home stay days, the local town leaders and host families work together to share the best that their community has to offer. Learn more about Local Sessions here.

Apply to be a host family in your nearest local session. Find out more about what it means to be a Grassroots Summit host family here.

Closing Ceremony

All Host Families will receive two complimentary tickets to the Grassroots Summit Closing Ceremony on September 23, 2018 at the new Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton. More on the Closing Ceremony here.


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