We hope to see you at this fun event!
The Japan America Society of Minnesota is happy to announce the 19th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. It will be held at the Oak Ridge Country Club, 700 Oakridge Road, Hopkins, MN 55305.
Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado obtained an MA from the Graduate School of Agriculture, University of Tokyo, in March 1982 and entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He was also Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva, the Economic Affairs Bureau and the Consulate Affairs Bureau, and from 2007 he took up a position as Counsellor to the Cabinet Secretariat. He served as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Finland, Director General of the International Affairs Department of the House of Representatives, and then served at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He took up his current position, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago, in March 2015.
Please save the date for this exciting event in November!
Yoko Breckenridge Founder of Japanese Library in Bloomington and Leader of Nihonjinkai.
Yoko Breckenridge was 12 years old when WW II ended. She was in far northern China in an area occupied by the Soviet Union. Her family was eventually resettled in Japan where she worked hard to get into school where she than entered 7th grade. She had no textbooks; instead she borrowed books from fellow classmates to read overnight. Yoko eventually became academically at the top of her class. When Yoko came to the United States at age 30, she could not read or speak any English. Her mother-in-law helped Yoko by starting off with first grade English books and progressed year by year.
Yoko’s life has been that of hard work which has lead to success. Yoko has been a leader of the NIHONJINKAI group and a member/supporter of JASM over decades. She has put in significant work in creating, developing, and growing the Japanese Library. The Japanese Library contains over 40,000 Japanese books and 4,000 videos on a broad range of topics: children’s books, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, classics, business books, and Japanese comics. There is no charge in renting an item from the library and the library is also used for the NIHONJINKAI meeting every second Monday.
Yoko has a gift of networking which has been a huge benefit towards the library. NHK Television interviewed Yoko about the Japanese Library in 2005 which than lead to a viewer to donate many books for the next ten years. Yoko also receives a lot of business related books from executives at 3M and Medtronic after they return to Japan after an assignment in Minnesota.
Yoko has been a great inspiration for many as she first started off with only a few hundred books of her own. Yoko has worked hard and has succeeded as the Japanese Library has been flooded with books and patrons ever since. On any given recent year, thousands of Japanese have used and benefited from the library. Yoko has put in a great amount of work for helping those from Japan living in the Twin Cities area to provide them with information and a venue to meet and make friends.
Skrowaczewski won the 1956 International Competition for Conductors in Rome, which he was than invited by George Szell to make his American debut, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in 1958. This led Skrowaczewski with engagements with the New York Philharmonic amongst others and, in 1960, to his appointment as Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra), a position that he held for 19 years.
In 2007 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra for three successful seasons, during which time many of his performances were recorded live for Columbia Records, and with whom he now holds the title of Honorary Conductor Laureate, conducting them every season. Skrowaczewski has a 40-year relationship with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra beginning in 1976. He also has a 20-year relationship guest conducting the NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai) Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also recorded with. Due to this, Skrowaczewski has earned a legendary status among the vast Japanese classical music community.
Skrowaczewski is now at the age of 92, and is the oldest working major conductor. He has had a role in the international music scene, being both a renowned conductor and a highly -regarded composer. Skrowaczewski has had a very distinguished career and has conducted at all the top orchestras.
– Assistance with Kimono Dressing for the Mondale Gala 2016 –
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 2016-2017 Mondale Scholarship must be postmarked by Thursday, July 21st, 2016
If you have any questions, feel free to call the JASM office at 612-627-9357 with questions or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you will consider this great opportunity!
Click on this link to find out more information about the Lantern Lighting Festival event. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Lantern Lighting Festival Coordinator Joe Druckman by phone at 612-627-9357 or by email at email@example.com.
Location: Spring House Ministry Center
610 W 28th St., Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, August 20th, 2016:
Meeting at JASM office @11am- at the most 1pm
We will be preparing materials needed for the festival, and you will also be receiving your ticket. If you cannot make it to the prep just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know, and your ticket will be mailed to you instead.
The day of the Lantern Festival information
Sunday, August 21st, 2016:
First shift: 1:30pm- 5:30pm (include set up)
Second Shift: 5:00pm- 9:30pm (include take down) IMPORTANT: If you are working this shift, please be aware than many volunteers last year had difficulty arriving to their shift on time. Please plan to arrive early.
Como Shuttle Information: Como Park offers a free shuttle bus from an off site parking, and during the day of the festival it will be located at:
St. Paul Schools District Service Center
1930 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
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
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。.
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:
JASM is looking for donations of Japan related items to sell at our main booth during the Lantern Lighting Festival on Sunday, August 21st,2016. 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, email@example.com
春風コンサートへ今年も是非お越しください。. With these outstanding Japanese and American musicians, we are showcasing their extensive talents and deep musical passion in this performance.
Through this program, the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) 西洋のクラッシック音楽と西洋の伝統的な音楽に携わる日本人の作曲家と共に文化交流を深めていけたらと願っています。. この演奏会での献身的なミュージシャンのパフォーマンスを通じて強い感動をお届できたら幸いです。.
This program also serves as an opportunity to express appreciation for the current members of the Japan America Society of Minnesota who continue to support the organization through their gifts and contributions to the building of bridges of cultural understanding and international cooperation between the peoples of Japan and the United States.
This year’s performers include (in alphabetical order):
David Livingston: Flute
Takako Seimiya Senn: Trumpet
Momoko Tanno: Soprano
Gregory Theisen: Piano
Jacqueline Ultan: Cello
The first half of the program will consist of European music and the second part will be Japanese songs that includes children’s songs and contemporary music.
Sunday, June 12th
3:30 時から開催します。 – 5:30 時から開催します。
Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul, MN
$10 for JASM Members
$15 for non-Members
$5 Students, K-12 and pre-school
Free for 6yrs and under
For the tickets, please contact JASM office at 612-627-9357 or send us a check payable to JASM or purchase online via paypal below.
David Livingston’s career as a church musician, recorder and woodwind player has taken him to the sanctuary, concert hall, music studio, and classroom. In the Early Music world, he co-founded The Livingston Consort and Minstrelsy. His recorder playing has been featured with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, MacPhail, and The Children’s Theater. He can be heard on more than 75 recordings of Renaissance, Baroque, and Liturgical music. On modern woodwinds, he has played for concerts and shows at the Guthrie, Ordway, Orchestra Hall, and scores of churches and community venues. David is now Music Director at Nativity Lutheran Church.
An artist with international credentials, Takako Seimiya Senn won first prize in the prestigious Tokyo Bunkakaikan Hall Competition in 1993, first place in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra’s Solo Concerto Competition to perform in their 2009-2010 などが催され、 2016-2017 seasons. Takako was selected for a 2001 tour of Japan and a 2008 tour of New York City with the Minnesota Orchestra and has performed in numerous subscription concerts including several recordings. She has also performed in the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra from 2015 to the present.
She earned her Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Performance and Education at Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan and her Master’s and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance at the University of Minnesota. Takako is currently an adjunct professor of Trumpet at St. Cloud State University as well as Concordia University –St. Paul.
Momoko Tanno was born in Tokyo, received M.M. in Vocal Performance at University of Minnesota, and continued her studies in Paris, France. She has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Bach Society of Minnesota, and most recently, co-created The Story of Crow Boy Cwith In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater. Recipient of 2015 などが催され、 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board grant. Her CD Kono Michi, Japanese Songs arranged by Greg Theisen is for sale at www.momotanno.com
Gregory Theisen is a Composer, Pianist, Arranger and Educator. Gregory’s career has given him many opportunities for performances throughout various parts of the world. His original compositions have been performed in Walker Arts Center, the International New Music Festival n Zagreb, the Lisbon Contemporary Music Festival and concerts in Germany and Belgium. As a music director, he has directed musical productions including Ordway Music Theater (I Won’t Dance; Ruthless!; Into The Woods), Nautilus Music-Theater (many Rough Cuts), History Theatre (Cow Girls; Mesabi Red), Ritz Theater (Venus by Chan Poling) and Columbia Artist Management (An Evening of Lerner & Loewe; An Evening of Tony Sandler; Porter and Berlin). Gregory composed and music directed for Charm; Catch Me A “Z”; Raisin’ Cain at the Children’s Theatre Company. He has also performed with MN Orchestra, Guthrie Theater, and played about 100 Broadway productions at the Orpheum Theater. Gregory is a piano and composition instructor at the MacPhail Center for Music and associate Music Director at Nativity Lutheran Church.
Cellist Jacqueline Ultan is a singularly creative artist in her field with a distinctive voice as a performer, composer and improvisor. Jacqueline is in demand among today’s renowned theater, dance, pop, rock, and new music artists and has been recognized with a number of awards including: a 2015 MacPhail Commissioning Grant; a 2015 MRAC Next Step Fund grant; a 2014 McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship; a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour MN Grant for Jelloslave; a 2011 416 Club Commissions Grant; and a Subito Grant from the American Composer’s Forum. Jacqueline’s unique versatility is reflected in the diversity of her many artistic collaborations that include the popular drum and cello quartet Jelloslave; Flute/Cello duo J2J; Pop/rock band The Starfolk; African fusion foursome Siama’s Afrobilly Blue; The Minneapolis Music Company; Improvising/Composers ensemble The Cherry Spoon Collective; and an annual collaboration with Storyteller Kevin Kling, now in it’s 10 year. Jacqueline is also a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty of the Macphail Center for Music, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, along with a home teaching studio. Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in performance from Yale University.
A number of U.S. companies do business in Japan as well as in the Republic of Korea. How do business strategies differ when operating in both countries? What cultural aspects and legal considerations are important to be successful when dealing with business initiatives in Japan and Korea?
To address these and other questions, JASM is pleased to welcome Steve Dickinson, attorney for Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., who will do a presentation based on his expertise and experience working with U.S. clients with business dealings in Japan and Korea.
Steve Dickinson is an international business lawyer with Fredrikson & Byron law firm, and is the chair of the firm’s Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He represents clients in acquisitions, joint ventures, greenfield operations, export and import contracts, and distribution arrangements throughout the world, including Japan and Korea. Steve also has represented Japanese and Korean companies in their US operations.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
8:00am Program starts
Fredrickson & Byron, PA
200 South 6th Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
$15 JASM Member
$20 Non member
$7 Students (with ID)
Continental breakfast will be served.
The purpose of the JASM Nichibei Lecture Series by the Professional Club is to provide the Japanophile community with unique opportunities to hear local professional people and artists share their expertise, experience and knowledge, and build a network of friendship that contributes to our enjoyment of life in Minnesota.
For this Nichibei Lecture Series, JASM welcomes Dr. Rochus K. Voeller, MD and he will talk about “Open heart surgery and prevention of heart disease.”
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00pm
Folwell Hall 108
9 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
$10 JASM Member
$15 Non-JASM Member
Please click こちらからお願いいたします。 to RSVP. If you selected to pay with a credit card, please follow the instructions below:
|Nichibei Lecture Series|
Rochus K. Voeller, MD
After receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Voeller completed his general surgery residency and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Since 2012, he has been on staff at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN as a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon.
Dr. Voeller serves as the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Fairview Southdale Hospital and Associate Program and FVSH Site Director, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Training Program. In this role, he conducts clinical effectiveness studies to enhance the safety, quality and patient experience of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, while working on control cost of care by minimizing unneeded variation and improving efficiency and effectiveness.
Dr. Voeller’s clinical interests includes coronary artery bypass grafting, atrial fibrillation surgery, heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory assist devices, minimally invasive valve surgery and video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) pulmonary surgery. (from University of Minnesota Department of Surgery)
Minnesota Twins will be playing against Miami Marlins on June 7th at Target Center.
We would like to invite you to watch the game with us! Whether you are Twins fan or you want to cheer for Ichiro Suzuki, it will be a great get together at the beautiful Target Center!!!
火曜日, June 7th
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Please meet us at the Gate 6, right by the light rail at 6:30pm You will receive your ticket there.
Game starts at 7:10pm
$30 per ticket
For the ticket purchase, please go to the paypal button below or you can give us a call to purchase over the phone (612-627-9357)
On Wednesday, May 25th, JASM members and non-members alike are welcome to participate in our JASM Professionals Group (JPG) event at Saji-Ya Restaurant, at 5:30pm. JPG — 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 interests in the culture and society both from a personal and professional perspective. Please join JASM Professional Group for some great discussion in the wonderful ambiance of Saji-Ya.