灯籠祭り 2015

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報, General | 0 comments

Lantern Lighting Festival 2015


ミネソタ州最大の, 日本イベントである, takes place in Como Park every August. Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, にコモパークで開催されます。, ステージでのパフォーマンス・, 日本文化の体験・ゲーム, などが催され、, 日本の夏祭りのように屋台で, Japanese food. The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, このイベントは、. ミネソタ州独自の文化と, 日本の文化を交えたものであり, Mu-Min(歌手)・Mu-Daiko(太鼓演奏者).

The Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival incorporates traditions such as the Bon Odori with Minnesota culture to create new traditions. Every year Mu Performing Arts, Mu-Daiko(太鼓演奏者), みかはる会(ダンスグループ), が毎年「ミネソタ盆踊り」を披露してくれます。.

JASMはランタンフェスティバルを通じて、, コモパークと, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), the Lantern Lighting Festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange. By creating a fun event for all ages, 誰もが楽しめるこのイベントで日本での夏祭りを思いだすことができ, また初めて祭りを体験する人々にとっても思い出深い一日となることでしょう。ミネソタ州で日本の夏気分を味わってみてはいかがでしょうか。皆様にお会いできることを楽しみにしています。.

If you are interested in volunteering click こちらからお願いいたします。 for more information.


All of JASM’s events are made possible thanks to our sponsors, members, and volunteers. If you would like to become involved, find more information on opportunities below:


2015 Event Information

Event Schedule: 3:00 p.m. to dusk on Sunday, August 23rd, 5015
Como Zoo Park

Free shuttle bus service will be available from a staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave. (click here to see a map)

Click こちらからお願いいたします。 to visit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory website.

Ticket Prices

Adult (age 13 and older) – $5.00

Child (age 3 to 12) – $3.00

Senior (age 65 and under) – $3.00

Under the age of 3 – Free




Donation for Bazaar

JASM is looking for donations of Japan related items to sell at our main booth during the Lantern Lighting Festival on August 23rd. The money that is raised during the Lantern Lighting Festival would be used to fund JASM’s programs that further promote the understanding between Japanese and Americans. If you would like to donate, please bring the items to the JASM office during office hours or bring the items on the day of the Lantern Lighting Festival.
For more information, please contact JASM office, jasm@us-japan.org


Inaugural international-focused event: Extending Credit in Asia

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in General, Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

Inaugural international-focused event: Extending Credit in Asia – Forius

Description: Networking will begin at 11:00AM with the presentation from 11:30AM – 1:00PM allowing time for questions and networking after the presentation. This will be a 90 minute interactive presentation that will provide information on credit risk management and debt collection in East Asia. Bottom line, doing business in Asia is complicated because of unfamiliar business customs and language barriers. Though it’s complicated, East Asia is an increasingly profitable and attractive market that needs to be understood by the credit department to effectively meet their company’s initiatives and mitigate credit risk. This session will provide you with the information and connections you need to confidently extend credit to customers in Asia (specifically China, Korea and Japan).

Specific session highlights and takeaways:

• Methods to ascertain creditworthiness

• Credit risk management and cash flow tools specific to East Asia

• Understanding how to build credit safety nets

• Effectively managing accounts that go south

• Build relationships with local professionals working in the international marketplace

About the Presenter:

Steven Gan was the founder and president of Advance & Associates Co., Ltd. in Tokyo from 1992 – 2004. Advance & Associates was the first company to create and implement the before and after sales total credit risk management product line system in Japan. This business model offered clients a full range of credit risk management products and services in order to provide “total credit risk management support”. Products included credit insurance, credit reports, on-line trade data verification, accounts receivable financing, invoice & payment processing, pre-collection calling, debt purchasing, and securitization.

Through numerous articles, publications, presentations, and television appearances, Steven Gan greatly deepened the awareness and understanding of the importance of sound credit risk management throughout Japan.

Steven Gan wrote the book titled, “The Blue Eyed Debt Collector, His Struggle” (Japanese only) published by the number two publisher in Japan, Shogakkan, which sold over 20,000 copies.

Steven Gan established Stellar Risk Management Services, Inc., a credit risk management consultancy, in 2006 to support businesses to increase cash flow, expand sales safely, and minimize the risk of selling on credit. In just a few years, Stellar Risk has grown to support many clients that are Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Gan continues to be a well-known figure in the US credit risk management industry and is a frequent presenter at many trade association conferences. Through several credit risk management LinkedIn discussion groups that he manages and publications, Mr. Gan shares ideas and informs professionals at all levels in the areas of credit, collections, accounting, finance, and sales on a wide array of credit risk management topics and issues.

Steven Gan is a native of Chicago, Illinois, graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and graduated from the Thunderbird – Garvin Graduate School with a Masters of International Management. Mr. Gan is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Credit Executive, and a Licensed Insurance Provider. Finally, Mr. Gan has been the only American to pass the Japanese Insurance Licensing Exam.

日時: Thursday, 7月 23, 2015
11:00 AM – 1:30 時から開催します。
場所: Map this event »
Ridgedale Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Robert H. Rohlf Meeting Room
Minnetonka, 日米協会 55305
United States
Presenter: Steven Gan, CPA, CCE, founder at Stellar Risk Management Services, Inc.
Contact: Deborah Kessler
Phone: 763-253-4326

For registration, please visit the link here.

Corporate Roundtable Event: 7月 22, 2015

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in イベント | 0 comments

Corporate Roundtable Event: July 22, 2015

Enrich yourself and broaden your business knowledge by attending the next JASM Corporate Roundtable event on July 22nd, 2015. Corporate Roundtables are a quarterly event for corporate members featuring local and visiting speakers with extensive experience in the Japanese market. They provide the opportunity to discuss topics with the speaker and other attendees, and everyone is encouraged to join the discussion by sharing stories from their own experiences of doing business in Japan.

July’s Corporate Roundtable event will feature Rob Owen, who leads the Environmental Business Segment for PaR Systems and is responsible for worldwide delivery of PaR’s custom equipment projects in nuclear and other hazardous environments. His responsibilities currently include the sale and delivery of major equipment design and supply projects to clean-up efforts at nuclear sites such as Hanford, Fukushima and Chernobyl as well as remotely operated process equipment in the US, UK and Japan. Rob has worked in the nuclear field for over 30 years. His career has included working at commercial nuclear and fossil power plants, piping manufacturing, litigation and scheduling support and consulting engineering. For the last 16 years, Rob has been responsible for the delivery of custom, radiation tolerant robotic handling equipment, custom process equipment and cranes.


Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Time: Registration begins at 7:30, program runs from 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m.

Location: Gray Plant Mooty (80 South 8th Street, 150 IDS Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402)

Please RSVP with this form!

料金: $15 JASM members, $20 non-members $7 Students


JASM Now Accepting 2015-2016 Mondale Scholarship Applications for Study Abroad in Japan!

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in General | 0 comments

JASM Now Accepting 2015-2016 Mondale Scholarship Applications for Study Abroad in Japan!
2014 Mondale Scholar Ryan Renard in Japan

2014-2015 Mondale Scholar Ryan Renard exploring Japan

The Japan America Society of Minnesota has a very exciting opportunity for students planning to study abroad in Japan: the Mondale Scholarship!

JASM will award the Mondale Scholarship to Minnesota undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel. JASM will offer up to $3,000 in scholarships for the academic year. The selection committee has the discretion to award up to three $1,000 scholarships or two $1,500 scholarships. The awards are specifically to be used for travel to or within Japan before, during, or after the student’s specified term(s) of study.

Visit the Mondale Scholarship website こちらからお願いいたします。 for more information and application materials.

Application materials for the 2015-2016 Mondale Scholarship must be postmarked by Friday, 6月 26th.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the JASM office at 612-627-9357 with questions or e-mail us at jasm@us-japan.org

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2014-2015 Mondale Scholar Samantha Vang sakura viewing with her host family in Japan

We hope that you will consider this great opportunity!

JASM Professionals Group: Baseball Edition — 6月 8, 2015

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in イベント | 0 comments

JASM Professionals Group: Baseball Edition — June 8, 2015


Please join us for a special JPG in which JASM members and friends of JASM will welcome the Shikoku baseball players!

The JASM Professionals Group — put on by JASM’s Young Professionals Group Committee — provides networking opportunities primarily for business professionals at social events. Here, fellow professionals can tell stories about their experiences in Japan as well as share interest in the culture and society both from a personal and professional perspective.

This JPG is special because Shikoku Island League Plus baseball players are visiting Minnesota to play against the St. Paul Saints. JASM would like to extend an invitation to members and friends of JASM to give the players a warm welcome. Please join us for this unique opportunity to spend time with Japanese professional baseball players!


Cork’s Irish Pub (Located in Embassy Suites St. Paul – Downtown)
175 East 10th Street East
Saint Paul, 日米協会 55101

Visit the Cork’s Irish Pub website at http://www.corkspub.com/

Monday, June 8th, 2015

5:30 P.M.

FREE for JASM members; $5 for Non-Members

If you join JASM prior to or at this event, we will waive the non-member fee!

RSVP: The event is free for members, but we require everyone to make a reservation prior to the event using this RSVP form. For non-members, additionally, please pay by the PayPal link below. If you do not have PayPal, please make a check out to JASM and mail it to the JASM office at 43 Main Street SE, EH-141, Minneapolis MN 55414.

JPG Non-Member Admissions

Shikoku Island League Comes to Minnesota

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in イベント | 0 comments

Shikoku Island League Comes to Minnesota

Don’t miss this special exhibition match between Shikoku Island League and the St. Paul Saints! Shikoku Island League holds just as much importance in community outreach as they do in baseball. This event serves as a connection between the U.S. and Japan as well as a fun summer event for the family. Please join us to welcome the team from Japan and check out the brand new and beautiful CHS stadium.

Wednesday; 6月 10, 2015; Noon

This Game is FREE!!

St. Paul Saints – CHS Field
360 Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

No need for tickets — the gates will be open!

U.S. Immigration Law: Nichibei Lecture Series, July 9th

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

U.S. Immigration Law: Nichibei Lecture Series, July 9th


Nichibei Lecture Series: U.S. Immigration Law

Nichibei Lecture Series of the Japan America Society of Minnesota provides the Japanese-speaking community with unique opportunities to hear local professional people and specialists share their expertise, experience and knowledge, and build a network of friendship that contributes to our enjoyment of life in Minnesota. Nichibei Lecture Series hosts speakers on a very broad array of topics. This time, the topic is on “U.S. temporary Visas and Green Card Options” the discussion will include following topics, such as Background agency and administrative information on U.S. immigration law. U.S. temporary visas relevant to Japanese individuals/companies (B-1/B-2, F-1, J-1, H-1B, L-1, E-2, O-1 and K-1). Pathway to permanent residence (green card) and citizenship.

The lecture will be done in Japanese with English slides.

We are requesting you to share your own question regarding this topic when you RSVP to this event. Please add any questions you would like McIvor san to answer at the lecture in the RSVP form here.


ミネソタ日米協会では、日米レクチャー・シリーズと題して、日本人及び日本語、日本文化に興味がある皆さんを対象に、いろんな分野の専門家の方々から日本語で講演をして頂く機会を設けることになりました。今回は以下の要領で開催いたします。 今回のレクチャーは移民弁護士のサイコ・McIvorさんによる、アメリカ就労ビザやグリーンカードについてお話して頂きます。このレクチャーは日本語で行われます。 ご参加お申し込みの際に、もしご質問等、McIvorさんにお聞きしたいことがありましたら、申し込みのフォームに質問欄がございますので、ご質問ください。事前にMcIvorさんにお渡しして、出来るだけお答えして頂くようにいたします。



Saiko Y. McIvor leads the Immigration Law team of the internal law firm of Dorsey and Whitney, LLP. She is distinguished as “The Best Lawyers in America” (2010-2015) . With 26 years of employment-based immigration practice and corporate law background, she represents business and individual clients with a variety of immigration projects, including temporary US visa applications, Permanent Resident applications, EB-5 applications, global mobility issues, I-9 compliance and training, and merger and acquisition-related counseling. Saiko is a frequent lecturer and author of publications on employment-based immigration subjects. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Golden Gate University School of Law.

The presentation will be spoken in Japanese with slides written in English. Beginning mid May, we will ask participants to have a question prepared!

Date: July 9th, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 時から開催します。
Location: Dorsey & Whitney
50 South Sixth Street
Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498

Registration and Payment
Please RSVP here.
$10 for JASM Members
$15 for Non JASM Members


CLE Information
Dorsey will apply for CLE credit in Minnesota. Dorsey is an Accredited CLE Provider in California and New York, and this program will be CLE accredited in those states.

Obi Sale! May 14th, 2015

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in イベント, General | 0 comments

Obi Sale! May 14th, 2015

Looking for new obi? Look no further! JASM is selling a variety of gently used, beautiful obi at reasonable prices. Come to the JASM office on May 14th, 2015. We will have a selection of Fukuro obi, Nagoya obi, and Han-Haba obi. We will accept cash, check, and credit card.

Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee; 2015 Calendar of Events

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in General, Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee; 2015 Calendar of Events

Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee celebrates 60 years of friendship between Japan and the US! Come celebrate with them at one of their many events this year. Please click here to visit their website for more information.

Harukaze: “Yukionna”; May 31, 2015

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報, General | 0 comments

Harukaze: “Yukionna”; May 31, 2015

Date: Sunday, May 31
Time: 3:00 時から開催します。
Location: Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University; 1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul

World Premiere of concert opera “Yukionna” (Snow Witch): this Japanese legend is told through this opera written by award-winning composer Asako Hirabayashi (writer/composer) and script adapted by Steven Epp (The Moving Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune).

Based on the ancient Japanese folktale, this world premiere opera re-imagines the heart-wrenching tragedy of the Snow Witch, Yukionna — a story of a love torn between human desire and the brutal instincts of Mother Nature.

Featuring performances by breathtaking soprano Momoko Tanno, and some of the Twin cities finest chamber musicians conducted by Andrew Altenbach.

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料金: $20 ($15-JASM Member, $10-students, $5-18 and under)

***Online ticket payments are now closed. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance until they are sold out.