T-shirt Fundraising in Support of JASM!

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T-shirt Fundraising in Support of JASM!


You can have your very own 2016 Lantern Lighting Festival t-shirt!

Each purchase of a shirt helps support Japan America Society of Minnesota.

We have sizes S-XL

Shipping and handling is included.

We also will ship internationally.


T-shirt Prices


Corporate Roundtable with JETRO: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in イベント, General | 0 comments

Corporate Roundtable with JETRO: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Corporate Roundtable with Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, Ichiro Sone

Wednesday, 10月 26
7:30am Registration
8:00am Program
Dorsey and Whitney
50 South 6th Street Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago is the featured speaker for this JASM Corporate Roundtable. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese governmental organization whose mission is “to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan the rest of the world.” We are pleased that Mr. Soné will join us in a discussion of recent economic developments in Japan, share his perspective on the US Midwest – Japan business dynamic and the Minnesota–Japan economic relationship. He will also address the business conditions of Japanese companies operating in the United States. Importantly, Mr. Soné will explain how JETRO is positioned to assist American companies in their Japan business initiatives. These are some of the topics that will be addressed in the business roundtable discussion by Mr. Soné.


Ichiro Soné was appointed Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Chicago) in June 2013. As Chief Executive Director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.
Before coming to Chicago, Mr. Soné served as Director of the Overseas Offices Division at JETRO Tokyo HQ. In this role, he managed all of JETRO’s overseas offices, responsible for the budget, staff training and development, and administration of more than 70 offices worldwide.


He joined JETRO in 1988 after graduating Doshisha University in Kyoto with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has a deep knowledge on international business through working at Trade Fair Department and Invest Japan Department at JETRO Tokyo, and North America Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His previous overseas postings were JETRO Los Angeles and JETRO San Francisco.

$15 JASM Member
$20 Non member
$7 Students (with ID)

Continental breakfast will be served.

Reservations can be made by signing up こちらからお願いいたします。 and sending a check payable to “JASM”, by calling 612-627-9357 for payment by credit card or paying online via paypal below.


Corporate Roundtable: 火曜日, September 27th

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Corporate Roundtable: Tuesday, September 27th

Trade has been getting a lot of press this presidential season, but little is said about its importance at a local level. Exports and foreign direct investment support tens of thousands of jobs in the Greater MSP region, from traditional manufacturing to sophisticated services, across a wide range of industries and companies.

At this corporate roundtable, hear from Jennifer Kocs Erickson, Export Development Manager at the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP). Jennifer will talk about the impact of exports on the region, as well as efforts to support companies doing business internationally and to attract investment from overseas.

Jennifer joined GREATER MSP in April 2016, where she is working with partners to implement a regional trade and investment plan, partnering with companies, service providers and trade promotion agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Jennifer previously spent seven years with the Minnesota Trade Office as an International Trade Representative. Before and after her time with the state, Jennifer worked in the private sector, in international business development, research and project management.

火曜日, September 27th
7:30am Registration
8:00am Program starts

Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennet
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

$15 JASM Member
$20 Non member
$7 Students (with ID)

Continental breakfast will be served.

Reservations can be made by signing up こちらからお願いいたします。 and sending a check payable to “JASM”, by calling 612-627-9357 for payment by credit card or paying online via paypal below.





Career Day: Career Spotlight Translation Professionals

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in イベント | 0 comments

Career Day: Career Spotlight Translation Professionals

The JASM Professional Group (JPG) career event seeks to connect Japan-related business professionals from various fields to both college students and recent graduates who are pursuing Japan-focused careers. This annual event features presentations from industry professionals and ample networking opportunities. This year, the event is focus on Japanese language related jobs. Com join us to get tips and hear bout different paths to Japan related career from the professionals!!

All of the Free tickets for students are claimed!!! Thank you very much for signing up!!!


akiitoAki Ito:LocalizationGuy

A native of Japan, Aki Ito has been working in various activities such as sales management, operations management, project management, Japanese language management and consulting, and translation memory tool management. Aki has served on the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) board of directors in 2005-2006 and as chairman of the board in 2006. Has an MBA in international marketing and a BA in international relations. He has involvement in the localization industry since 1996 and former account executive at Dell Computer in the United States and Japan.



Mario Acito: JETAAMN Representative

Mario is a Saint Paul native and participated on JET in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture. He now works technical communications for Boston Scientific. He is a lover of all things Japanese and Strives to bring the things he loves about Japan back home.



unnamedAlan Gardiner: Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic

Alan has been working in an international division since 2007 and currently focused on the Japan and South Korea markets. He has served as a leader of the Asian employee resource group “AIM” (Asian Impact at Medtronic) and on the Global Regulatory Organization. Alan has a BA in Japan Studies, a MS in Engineering Technical Japanese from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and holds a Regulatory Affairs Certificate, Global Scope.



Presentations by:

Mario Acito, JETAAMN,

Aki Ito, LocalizationGuy

Panel Discussion with the speakers などが催され、:

Tricia Hollenback: Boston Scientific

Alan Gardiner: Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic




Date: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
料金: JASM Members: $8, Non-Members: $10, Students $8


Location: Macalester College 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul
Kagin Commons, Alexander Hill Ballroom


Reservations can be made by signing up こちらからお願いいたします。 and sending a check payable to “JASM”, by calling 612-627-9357 for payment by credit card or paying online via paypal below. (For students, please choose “JASM Member” price)

Career Day

St. Paul Saints Group Outing with JASM!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in イベント, Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

St. Paul Saints Group Outing with JASM!


We still have a few tickets left!

Have you visited the new CHS Stadium that opened last year? It is beautiful place for super fun family time!!! The Saints has baseball, a little mascot pig, The Nerd, Gert the Flirt and of course, Karaoke with a real Japanese man, Seigo Masubuchi!!!


images日時: Sunday, September 4th

場所: CHS Stadium

Picnic starts @3:30 pm

Game starts @5:05 pm

Also, on September 4th, there will be Monster Food Truck Rally and Post-Game Fire Works Suer Show!!


$36 a ticket per person, that inlcudes:

Ticket and meal. (And fireworks!)

To purchase tickets, give us a call at 612-627-9357 or email at riosaito@us-japan.org to arrange the payment.

JASM Fundraising Event 2016

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in イベント | 0 comments

JASM Fundraising Event 2016

“During the last month of my program in Japan I’m going to do the most I can, see as much as I’m able to, and continue making memories that will last a lifetime.” —Maly Thao, 2015 Mondale Scholarship recipient

“I’m so thankful for having had this opportunity, and I can’t thank JASM and the sponsors enough for helping provide this influential event every year.” — Taylor Nelson, 2015 J-Quiz winner

JASM needs your help!

It has been very exciting for the Japan America Society of Minnesota. The organization has been doing our best to provide opportunities to Minnesota to connect with Japan for the past 40 years.

This year, 2016, we have had wonderful events, such as the J-Quiz 2016 event in which 95 students from 12 schools competed for the top honors to go to Washington D.C. In June we had a beautiful showing at Harukaze 2016 at Sundin Hall on Hamline University’s campus. We have the exciting Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Zoo coming this August. Then ending the year with 新年会 bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of Japanese New Year.

You can help, and continue to make these JASM events possible.

JASM embarked on a major fundraising initiative to build a future that will expand the programs of the Society, reach new audiences, and contribute to the future of the U.S. – Japan relationship building in Minnesota. For JASM to thrive more in the future, we need your help. Please consider making a donation to JASM. You can contact us by phone at612-627-9357 or make your donation online anytime during the month of July.

We are designating, July 11th-17th, 2016 as “JASM Fundraising Week” with a fundraising goal of $5,000.

How will your donation to JASM be used?

fund-raising2016Your financial contribution will support our goal of $5,000 with:

日本語能力クイズ大会: $1,000

Harukaze: $500

灯籠祭り: $2,000

新年会: $1,500

Your donation will help JASM to increase the number of students who participate in the Mondale Scholarship Program. Along with J-Quiz and provide scholarships. JASM can expand its programming and activities through additional social networking activities with more funds. Your donation in any amount will help JASM reach our overall goal and make a difference in the community.

Thank you for helping JASM to grow and continue to be a force in building U.S.-Japan relationships of many kinds in Minnesota.

How to Donate

By Check: Please make the check out to “JASM” and mail it to:

Riverplace EH-131
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

By Phone: Please call the JASM office at 612.627.9357 to donate by credit card.

By PayPal: Please click the PayPal link below:

2016 International Festival of Burnsville!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in イベント, General | 0 comments


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JASM will be at the International Festival of Burnsville!


*Rain or Shine!*

場所: Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, MN

Date: Saturday July 16th, 2016

Time: 3pm-9pm

Free parking available in the ramps off of Pillsbury Avenue

We hope to see you at this fun event!

More Information:

International Festival of Burnsville Poster Details

website: https://intlfestburnsville.org/


19th Annual Mondale Gala Scholarship and Award Dinner 2016

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in イベント, General | 0 comments

19th Annual Mondale Gala Scholarship and Award Dinner 2016

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.


This year’s keynote speaker will be Toshiyuki Iwado, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago.cg-iwado-profile-4-5

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!


Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Place: Oak Ridge Country Club
700 Oak Ridge Road
Hopkins, MN 55305
火: 952.935.7721

Program Highlights
Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker Toshiyuki Iwado,Consul-general of Japan in Chicago
  • Presentation by Ambassador Walter Mondale of the Mondale Award for Japan – Minnesota Partnership.
  • The Mondale Scholarship will be announced for two Minnesota students for study in Japan.
  • A Silent Auction will be held during the reception and cocktail hour.
  • A Live Auction will be held during the dinner.


2016 Mondale Award Recipients:

Yoko Breckenridge

Yoko Breckenridge

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.



Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Former Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra and Former Principal Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.
Stanisław Skrowaczewski was born in 1923 in Lwów, Poland, and began piano and violin studies at the age of four. At age seven, Skrowaczewski composed his first symphonic work and at age 11 gave his firs public piano recital. Two years later, he played and conducted Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. Due to a hand injury during the war which terminated his keyboard career, Skrowaczewski started concentrating on composing and conducting. In 1946 he became conductor of the Wrocław Philharmonic, and he later served as Music Director of the Katowice Philharmonic (1949-54), Kraków Philharmonic (1954-6) and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (1956-9).

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.






43 Main Street SE / EH-131 / Minneapolis MN 55414


– Assistance with Kimono Dressing for the Mondale Gala 2016 –


Registration and Donation
If you wish to wear a Kimono and require assistance at the event, be sure to fill out the registration form by October 23, 2016. We will contact you for the appointment and the details before the event. Upon your reservations, we request a $20 or more donation for this service. If you make a donation by PayPal, fill out the form then proceed to pay through PayPal.


Please complete registration form Here.





Please read the following link and make sure to bring all items we need.
***Do not forget to bring 3 koshi himo (cords or strips of cotton) などが催され、 2 thin towels as well.***
If you are mailing a check to us for your reservation, the address is: 43 Main Street SE / EH-131 / Minneapolis MN 55414.

灯籠祭り 2016: Volunteer Information

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Lantern Lighting Festival 2016: Volunteer Information

Volunteering Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers and would really appreciate your help in making this year’s Lantern Lighting Festival a success. By volunteering, you will receive complimentary admission to the event.

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).

Volunteers will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis, and JASM members are a priority. If you would like to become a JASM member, please click こちらからお願いいたします。.

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 jasm.interns@gmail.com.

Bon-Odori Rehearsal and Volunteer Orientation

Monday, July 25th, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Spring House Ministry Center

610 W 28th St., Minneapolis, MN

This is a volunteer orientation for Lantern Lighting Festival. At the orientation, you will learn how to dance the Bon Odori from the members of Mikaharukai. After the dance lesson, there will be a specific orientation for the volunteers to learn about their job duties. There will be refreshments and snacks. If you plan on volunteering, it is essential that you attend this event and sign up こちらからお願いいたします。 to be a volunteer if you haven’t already! SIGN UP BY JULY 19th

The day BEFORE the Lantern Lighting Festival information:

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 jasm.interns@gmail.com 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.

Booths and jobs descriptions:

  • Main JASM Booth
    • This booth will serve as an information center of JASM and introduce the Lantern Lighting attendees to JASM’s programs and events.
    • Volunteers at this booth will sell Japan related items.
    • Volunteers will be an advocate to recruit new members.
  • Calligraphy
    • This booth is a place where attendees can come to write, learn and enjoy writing in brush and ink in Japanese.
    • Volunteers who can write calligraphy and have knowledge of Japanese language are preferred.
    • Volunteers assists attendees with writing with the brush.
    • Volunteers able to demonstrate for the attendees.
  • Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Catching)
    • Scoop a goldfish with a paper paddle. The objective being to obtain a goldfish by scooping it out of the tub using a paddle. Game is over when the paddle is completely broken.
    • Volunteers to be the monitor.
    • Volunteers to put winner’s caught goldfish into a bag.
  • Chopsticks Challenge
    • It is a game where the objective is to move all the beans from one bowl to the another with chopsticks before time runs out.
    • Volunteers to set up each game.
    • Volunteers to be cheering on the participants.
  • Yo-Yo Tsuri
    • The objective is to obtain a balloon by fishing it out of the tub filled with water using a paper hook.
    • Volunteers to be the monitor.
    • Volunteers at this booth will make balloons.
  • 日本語能力クイズ大会
    • J-Quiz is an event that is held every February. It was developed to test the ability of high school students studying the Japanese language. It is modeled after the format of Japan Bowl and aims to make studying Japanese both challenging and fun. At the J-Quiz booth, you can test your knowledge of Japan.
    • Volunteers will perform a mock-quiz, containing questions regarding Japan, with participants.
    • If the questions are answered correctly, the participant wins a prize.
    • Volunteers should be able to explain what J-Quiz is.

灯籠祭り 2016

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Lantern Lighting Festival 2016

2016 Event Information

Event Schedule: 3:00 p.m. to dusk on Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Como Zoo Park

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

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


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:


Donation for Bazaar

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, jasm@us-japan.org