Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your interest in Harvard Japan Society!  We really appreciate your support in our various endeavors.  In the past several years, not only have we worked to hold events for the students at Harvard, but we have also attempted to help connect Japanese students from Japan to the Harvard community.

However, our mission is and always has been, first and foremost, to bring Japanese culture to the students at Harvard University, and hopefully have them gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Japan.  We have recently undergone substantial changes in leadership, and with a new board comprised of fresh and excited minds with new ideas, we have decided to rebuild from the ground up and re-establish the ever-weakening presence of the Harvard Japan Society.  As such, we regret to inform you that as of the fall of 2012, we have decided to re-focus our attention on the Harvard community and we would like to establish that we are not a tour guide service.  We will continue to pass on job requests for tours to our e-mail list, but we cannot guarantee that we can find you a tour guide, particularly if the tour is unpaid, as our members are exceedingly busy.  Moreover, due to the sheer volume of e-mails and requests that we receive, we may not be able to respond personally to your e-mail; if we find an interested student, we will follow-up.  We hope that in the future, when the Japanese community has grown at Harvard, and the foundation of Japan Society has strengthened, we will again be able to reach out beyond the Harvard community and become the bridge between Japan and Harvard University.

Additionally, if you are looking for a guided tour, please note that both the Official Harvard Tour and Hahvahd Tours do a remarkable job at presenting Harvard to prospective students, and we greatly encourage you to visit their websites.

Thank you for your understanding.

Hana Seita and Vera Jin
Co-Presidents of Harvard Japan Society