The University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world.
Founded in 1947, CJS is the oldest interdisciplinary center in the United States devoted exclusively to Japanese Studies. CJS is also part of The University of Michigan's East Asia National Resource Center, along with the Center for Chinese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The National Resource Center status is confered by the US Department of Education.
CJS serves as a home to graduate students, faculty from a variety of disciplines and professional schools, visiting artists and scholars, and community organizations pursuing Japan-related interests and activities at the University of Michigan.
Read more about the history of CJS
Directions and Parking
CJS is located on the 4th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.
There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:
- 650 South Forest Avenue
- Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive
For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.
University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.