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Know Me Kai Club: Please help us welcome new Japanese expats to Minnesota

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Events, Featured, General | 0 comments

Know Me Kai Club: Please help us welcome new Japanese expats to Minnesota

On Tuesday, October 9th, JASM members and non-members alike are welcome to participate in our new “Know Me Kai Club” event at Saji-Ya Restaurant, at 6:00 p.m. “Know Me Kai Club” provides very open networking opportunities for everyone. On October 9th’s Know Me Kai Club’s goal is to welcome new Japanese expats to Minnesota. Please join us to show a warm welcome to make our new friends feel at ease. At this event, fellows can share stories about their experiences in Japan or Minnesota as well as interests in the culture and society both from a personal and professional perspective. Please join JASM’s “Know Me Kai Club” for great...

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21st Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala 2018

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Events, Featured, Fundraising, General | 0 comments

21st Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala 2018

Hello friends of JASM, As the days get shorter and shorter, the Mondale Gala draws ever closer. While there are still a few months until the event, make sure to mark your calendar early! This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins. Both the Mondale Award and Mondale Scholarship will be presented at this event. The Mondale Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the building of understanding, cooperation, and respect between the people of Japan and Minnesota. The Mondale Scholarship is presented to students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge...

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Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events, Featured, General | 0 comments

Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 Event Information 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Location: Como Zoo Park History The Obon Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August.  Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food.  The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and familal event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their living families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and small paper lanterns are often lit and...

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Corporate Roundtable: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Events, General | 0 comments

Corporate Roundtable: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Corporate Roundtable  Speaker: Gabrielle Gerbaud, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office and Chief Protocol Officer – State of Minnesota In February, we are very pleased to welcome Gabrielle Gerbaud to speak about her role as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office. Ms. Gerbaud will share initiatives that she is developing to support the relationship U.S. – Japan relationship and to increase trade between Minnesota and Japan. She will discuss how the Minnesota Trade Office views Japan as a key partner in its overall trade initiatives. Gabrielle Gerbaud began her work as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) in April 2017. In...

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Please Help JASM to Grow with a Donation During December!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Featured, Fundraising, General | 0 comments

Please Help JASM to Grow with a Donation During December!

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is in its 45th year as a Society with a mission to bring the people of Japan and the United States closer together through cultural, educational and business events and programs in Minnesota. In order to continue to thrive as an organization, we need to grow by being flexible to changes in our community, try new ideas and reach out to new audiences. Everyone has a part in building and sustaining JASM into the future. Many of you have given a donation in addition to your annual membership. For these donations, we want to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. For others, please consider giving JASM an end-of-the-year...

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Traditional Craft, Contemporary Design: Exploring Old and New Japan May 18–30, 2018

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Events, General, Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

Traditional Craft, Contemporary Design:  Exploring Old and New Japan  May 18–30, 2018

The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Bray) are sponsoring a special tour to Japan in May 2018 for lovers of traditional and contemporary crafts, architecture and gardens. This tour will visit sites and studios not usually included on such tours—traversing from Kyushu in the south to Takamatsu and on to Tokyo. We will visit individual pottery studios where talented ceramic artists produce both traditional pots as well as pots and sculpture which break with the past, along with a center for basketry and the premier fabric designer in Japan. We will explore numerous examples of ancient architecture as well as...

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