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Hiromi Naka

Hiromi NakaHello! My name is Hiromi Naka. I’m a Japan Outreach Coordinator working at the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) of University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am here participating in the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program, which is a program funded by Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and designed by The Laurasian Institution (TLI). I will serve as the Center’s Japanese outreach coordinator to introduce Japanese culture, society and language throughout Wisconsin for the next two years. My main goal is not only to increase people's interest in Japan, but also to cultivate fields of international mutual understanding through outreach activities. I look forward to visiting any local K-12 schools, libraries, community centers and campus for Japan-related outreach.

Below are some examples of sample activities and presentations:


  • Origami
  • Chopstick Challenges
  • Wearing Kimono
  • Making New Year's Cards
  • Japanese Cooking
  • Japanese Songs
  • Calligraphy
  • Tsumami Zaiku (Making Fabric Flowers)


  • Life in Japan
  • Education in Japan
  • Manga and Anime
  • Youth Culture
  • Seasonal Events and Ceremonies
  • Japanese Music
  • Japanese Art
  • Japanese Performing Arts

Additional activities and presentations can be arranged upon request.
Please contact me to arrange a program that will best suit your needs and interests!

Hiromi Naka (中 博美)
Tel: 608-467-0243
Email: hnaka@wisc.edu

Mailing address:
(c/o Center for East Asian Studies)
1155 Observatory Drive, Room 333
Madison, Wisconsin 53706


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