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Japan Business Roundtable in Rochester, MN

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Japan Business Roundtable in Rochester, MN

Japan Business Roundtable

Is Japan Still an Important Business Partner for Minnesota?”

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Enhance your understanding of the Japanese market with the Japan America Society of Minnesota Japan Business Roundtable, a business forum featuring speakers from the Board of Directors, corporate member companies, and their colleagues visiting from Japan.

As the third largest economy in the world, Japan has a dynamic market with a high standard of living for its citizens who expect world class products and services. American goods of high quality are highly prized by Japanese consumers where attention to detail and quality are a way of life. In addition, Japan is Minnesota’s fourth largest trading partner. After two decades of stagnant economic growth, Japan is emerging again as an economic power house.

What opportunities are available to Minnesota companies who wish to engage in trade with Japan? What cultural perspectives should Minnesota businesses be aware of in doing business with their Japanese counterparts? What are the best practices that American businesses have developed to be successful in the Japanese marketplace?

 

Three leaders from the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) will address these questions and more in a panel discussion at the forthcoming Japan Business Roundtable on November 20th. In this first business event for JASM in Rochester, the panel will feature Sarah Walbert, International Trade Representative for the Minnesota Trade Office and former JASM Board Member, ディック・ストール, President of Sassafras Consulting, LLC, and Emeritus Director of JASM, and Ben van Lierop, Executive Director of JASM. All have lived and worked in Japan and have also worked with companies in their Japan business initiatives. Whether your knowledge of Japan business etiquette is fundamental or advanced, we invite you to join this roundtable discussion to increase your expertise and network with others interested in pursuing Japan related business opportunities in Southeast Minnesota.

Sarah Walbert: International Trade

Representative for the Minnesota Trade Office

ディック・ストール: 会長, Sassafras Consulting, LLC

 

ベン バンリーロップ: Executive Director of JASM

 

Funding for this Program is being provided by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

 

Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Time: Registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Roundtable: 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Place: Commons Room, Double Tree by Hilton

150 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

料金: Introductory Offer – Complimentary Basis
Info: 612-627-9357 or jasm@us-japan.org

 

Admission is free, however, seats are limited. Please make a reservation to ensure that you have a seat at the table. 

Career Day Saturday, Nov. 22nd 2014

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Career Day Saturday, Nov. 22nd 2014

Career Day Saturday, Nov. 22nd 2014

Featuring speakers, Break-out discussions, and workshops on career options for students and young professionals with an interest in or experience with Japanese language and culture.

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

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Resumé one-on-one counseling

Cover Letter Counseling: (Please bring the following)

-Resumé

-Cover Letter

-Job description of the cover letter you are writing for

Resume and cover letter counseling is first come first serve basis

Breakout Small Group Sessions with JET Alumni and Japan Related Professionals

$8 for JASM members

$10 for non-member

And if you wish to attend the JASM Professionals Group after Career Day

Free JASM Members

$5 JASM Non-Member

 

We would like to know how many of you are attending, please fill this form to let us know you are attending.

Career Day

JASM Professionals Group October 22nd 2014

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JASM Professionals Group October 22nd 2014

JASM Professional Group Event

Location:

Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Join us for the next JASM Professional Group event for a fun, social, networking event open to everyone. This event welcomes anyone who is looking to network professionally, culturally, or just looking to connect with people that have a common interest in Japan. The last event was a blast and we hope to see you at the next JASM Professional Group!
To RSVP for this event click HERE:

料金:Free for JASM members. $5 for Non-members.:


JPG Non-Member Admissions



If you have questions or concerns about any of our upcoming events, please email us at
jasm@us-japan.org or call our office at 612.627.9357.

Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition October 15th 2014

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Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition October 15th 2014

 

Thank you very much for signing up for our event! We now have a full house and will not be accepting reservations anymore.

For the first time in history, the Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition travels to the United States

Gallery Reception and Presentation Lecture,

10月 13-31 at Concordia University – Saint Paul

This October, Twin Cities residents will have a rare opportunity to view outstanding original pieces from the 2014 Tokyo Type Directors Club’s (Tokyo TDC) Exhibition, which recognizes today’s best Japanese and international graphic and typographic design work.

 

This unique exhibition will be on view at Concordia Art Center – Saint Paul from October 13-31, with a presentation lecture and gallery reception on the evening of October 15.

 

The presentation lecture will feature a discussion between Ryan Hageman and Jon Forss. Ryan Hageman is a graphic designer and founder of Gurafiku, a website dedicated to the history of Japanese graphic design. Jon Forss, a juror of the Tokyo TDC Exhibition 2014, is one half of the internationally acclaimed design studio Non-Format.

 

To determine the 2014 Tokyo TDC competition winners, the multinational and Japanese judges conducted a rigorous screening and selection process of nearly 3,000 entries. More than 150 of the award-winning works will be on display at the exhibition in Saint Paul. These will include posters, editorial & book designs, packaging, experimental work, and more.

 

“Judging Tokyo TDC was an extraordinary experience,” says Forss. “The standard of the work on show is nothing short of miraculous and, given that this is the very first time the Tokyo TDC Exhibition has travelled to the US, this is a unique opportunity to see the most outstanding work up close, right here in the Twin Cities.”

 

The presentation lecture will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 10月 15 at Concordia’s Buetow Music Center Auditorium; tickets are available for $5-20. The presentation lecture will be followed by the Tokyo TDC gallery reception in the Concordia Art Center from 7:30-9:30 pm; the reception is free and open to the public.

 

Tokyo TDC Exhibition hosted by Werner Design Werks, Inc. http://wdw.com

 

For more information or to purchase lecture tickets, visit http://www.tokyotdc-stp.squarespace.com/

 

JASM Exclusive!

PRIVATE EXHIBITION TOUR WITH Ryan Hageman

 

Thank you very much for signing up for our event! We now have a full house and will not be accepting reservations anymore.

Keynote speaker Ryan Hageman is giving JASM a private tour of the exhibition. Come join us in this special tour behind the scenes.

 

Concordia Art Center Galleries

1301 Marshall Ave

Saint Paul, 日米協会 55104

Street parking is available on Marsh all Ave and Syndicate Street. Public parking is available in campus lot after 5:00pm.

 

 

Exhibition Schedule

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2014

6:00-7:30pm
Presentation Lecture by Tokyo TDC exhibition juror Jon Forss and Japanese graphic design researcher Ryan Hageman

Buetow Music Center Auditorium

Tickets: $5-$20

 

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2014

7:30-9:00pm
Opening reception

Concordia Art Center Galleries

Free and open to the public, made possible by Target

 

OCTOBER 13-31, 2014
Ongoing exhibit hours

10am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Concordia Art Center Galleries

Free and open to the public, made possible by Target

 

The galleries of Concordia University – Saint Paul are located in the Concordia Art Center, on the northwest corner of Marshall Avenue and Syndicate Street North, in St. Paul. The Buetow Music Center Auditorium is a short walk from the Art Center. Free parking is available on Marshall Avenue and Syndicate Street, or in campus lots after 4:30pm.

 

 

About the Tokyo Type Director’s Club
Formed in 1987, the Tokyo Type Directors Club is one of the most prestigious organizations in the fields of typography and graphic design. Its annual competition is a touchstone for the world’s leading art directors, designers and typographic masters and is unique among its peers. It celebrates the spirit of typography and encourages and rewards experimentation into both form and language.

 

Concordia University Department of Art & Design

As a vital and engaging part of the university and the local community, Concordia’s Art & Design department immerses students in inspiring experiences and opportunities that teach the importance of art and design in the economy, the community and in cultures across the globe. Expansive offerings include studio art, graphic design and community arts which prepare students for many possible futures in the field.

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Questions?

Rio Saito

Program Manager

Tel: 612-627-9357

Fax: 612 397-2393

riosaito@us-japan.org

www.mn-japan.org

The 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala

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The 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala

The 17th Annual Mondale Award Dinner & Gala

 

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is happy to announce the 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Dinner Gala on Saturday, November 1st 2014. This year the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will enable JASM to continue to offer fascinating social and educational programs that promote cultural exchange between Minnesota and Japan, including the merit-based Mondale Scholarship.

Program Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department.
  • Presentation by former Vice President Walter Mondale of the Mondale Award for Japan – Minnesota Partnership.
  • The Mondale Scholarship will be announced for three 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.
The Award Recipient has been announced.

Warren MacKenzie, a North American craft potter, has touched the lives of many people in Japan as in the United States through his pottery His simple, wheel-thrown functional pottery is heavily influenced by the oriental aesthetic of Shoji Hamada and Korean ceramics. He is credited with bringing the Japanese Mingei style of pottery to Minnesota, fondly referred to as the “Mingei-sota style.”

Warren MacKenzie visited Japan when he served in the military in 1945. There he met Dr. Shigeo Miyata, physician and well-known artist, who arranged for an exhibition of MacKenzie’s paintings at the prestigious gallery “Nichido-garo” in Ginza, Tokyo. Warren MacKenzie was a painter first, but he was also fascinated by the pottery tradition of Japan and later began studying pottery. After his military service, MacKenzie apprenticed with the famous potter, Bernard Leach in the U.K., 1949 to 1952. They became greatly influenced by the Mingei (folkcraft) aesthetic tradition developed by famous Japanese potters, Shoji Hamada and Muneyoshi Yanagi, both major figures in the Mingei movement in Japan. MacKenzie invited Hamada to do workshops on pottery and to hold an exhibition in Saint Paul, the only one provided during a tour of the U.S. in 1952.

MacKenzie has described his goal in pottery as making “everyday” pots. Although his pots are found in major museums and command high prices among collectors, MacKenzie has always kept his prices low in order for ordinary people to use and enjoy his pottery. There have been many students over the years who have been taught and influenced by the pottery of Warren MacKenzie. One such student was the late Joan Mondale, who shared her work and her great appreciation of Japanese pottery while serving with her husband, former Ambassador Walter Mondale in Japan. JASM is pleased to honor Warren MacKenzie with the Mondale Award for Japan – Minnesota Partnership. For more information on Warren MacKenzie and his work, check out this video by MN Original.

Keynote Speaker

 

Dr. Matthew Welch will be the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala. Dr. Welch is currently the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department. He has been with the MIA since 1990 and specializes in Japanese and Korean art, with a particular interest in Edo period and Zen painting.

Dr. Welch embodies what the Mondale Award, モンデール奨学制度, and JASM are all about: fostering the Japan-America relationship. He began by receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio and then earned his Masters and PhD from the University of Kansas. Dr. Welch is a part of the Associate of Art Curators and the Arts Dialog Committee, CULCON, which is the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. He was also a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow in 1987, making him familiar with international education. He also has many publications, including “Looking to the West: The Meiji Era and Yoshida Kasaburo”, in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002) and Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005).

We are very excited to have Dr. Welch as our keynote speaker for the 2014 Mondale Gala and we hope you will join us for what is sure to be another memorable event.

Details

Date: Saturday, 11月 1, 2014
Time: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Place: Oak Ridge Country Club
700 Oak Ridge Road
Hopkins, MN 55305
火: 952.935.7721
Registration and Payment
Be sure to fill out the registration form regardless of your method for payment. If you are paying by Paypal, fill out the form then proceed to pay through Paypal.
You can also RSVP online.
Payment and registration are required before the event.
If you are mailing a check to us for your ticket(s), the address is:
Riverplace EH-131
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
For people paying by Paypal, please press the Paypal button below and fill out appropriately.

17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala Tickets

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Thank you so much for signing up for our Kimono Dressing at the Walter Mondale Gala on November 1st!
Unfortunately we are no longer take preregistration for this event. Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala!
-JASM

JASM Professionals Group August 13th, 2014

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JASM Professionals Group August 13th, 2014
JASM Professional Group Event

Location:

Origami Downtown

30 North First Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

(612) 333-8430
Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Join us for the next JASM Professional Group event for a fun, social, networking event open to everyone. This event welcomes anyone who is looking to network professionally, culturally, or just looking to connect with people that have a common interest in Japan. The last event was a blast and we hope to see you at the next JASM Professional Group event this June!
To RSVP or for payment via PayPal for this event, click こちらからお願いいたします。.
料金: Free for JASM members. $5 for Non-members.
If you have questions or concerns about any of our upcoming events, please email us at
jasm@us-japan.org

Sushi Social Wednesday September 17th

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Sushi Social Wednesday September 17th

You can still sign up!!

Sushi Social Wednesday September 17th

The JASM Young Professionals Group will be sponsoring the Sushi Social again this year on Wednesday, September 17th. As an event, the Sushi Social functions as a fun, informal networking session that brings JASM members and non-members together to share their stories and experiences, as well as, being able to connect professionally. Origami Uptown will be serving sushi, appetizers and more. Bring your business cards, stories and an appetite to the event! We hope that you will be able to join and enjoy both the sushi and the ability to network.

JASM is pleased to have Origami Uptown as the host of this year’s Sushi Social.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Origami Uptown Restaurant| Minneapolis, MN

Price: $25, JASM Members| $30, Non-members

ご予約: You can make a reservation by filling out the form こちらからお願いいたします。, or by calling in to the JASM office.

Payment:

Sept. 17th Sushi Social Tickets

Corporate Roundtable August 20th, 2014

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Corporate Roundtable August 20th, 2014

JASM is excited to announce that the August meeting of the Corporate Roundtable will feature a presentation on “Working in Japan Again After 20 Years – What’s Changed and What Remains the Same?”. Scott Smith, Vice President of Taiyo International, will share his perspective on working in Japan as a Senior Executive from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Smith will address topics such as:

  • Changes he has observed in Japanese society since his first time working in Japan more than 20 years ago
  • The impact that the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has had on the consciousness of people in Japan
  • What has and has not changed and his perspective on current work and life environments in Japan

Scott Smith is the Vice President of Taiyo International and General Manager of Taiyo Kagaku, which is a leading Japanese manufacturer of functional ingredients for the food, beverage, and supplement industries. Taiyo focuses on the development of innovative ingredients derived from natural sources to further develop the body’s ability to protect and manage one’s health.

Scott SmithMr. Smith graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and joined Taiyo Kagaku in Yokkaichi, Japan in 1992. After several years in Japan, he founded Taiyo’s North American operations in San Francisco, CA in 1994, followed by the opening of Taiyo’s International operations in Minneapolis, MN in 1999. He currently oversees the sales and production of all Taiyo products in both North and South America and also assists with all global international operations.
Scott Smith has also served on the JASM Board of Directors. JASM is pleased to welcome Mr. Smith to give his presentation at the August Corporate Roundtable.

 

Details:

日時:
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Registration at 7:30a.m.
Program from 8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m. (People are welcome to stay for further discussion after the program.)

 

場所:
Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett P.A.
IDS Center, 5th Floor
80 S 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN

 

料金:
$15.00 for JASM Members
$20.00 for Non-members and guests (If you would like to become a member, click こちらからお願いいたします。)
$7.00 for Students

 

Click こちらからお願いいたします。 to RSVP for this event.

To pay via Paypal, please see the Paypal button provided below.

Corporate Roundtable Ticket

We hope you can join us for this exciting and unique opportunity.

For more information, please call the JASM office at 612-627-9357 or e-mail us at jasm@us-japan.org

Thank you!

Volunteering Opportunities

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Volunteering Opportunities

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 a complimentary admission to the event. Please click こちらからお願いいたします。 if you are interested in volunteering.

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。.

 

Bon-Odori Rehearsal and Volunteer Orientation

Schedule: 6:00pm-8:00pm on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Location: Spring House Ministry Center
(610 W 28th St., Minneapolis, MN)

 

 

灯籠祭り 2014

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in イベント, 注目情報, Fundraising | 0 comments

Lantern Lighting Festival 2014

このお祭りについて

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。.

お盆の伝統についてのインフォメーション.

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:

メンバーシップ企業会員スポンサーボランティア

2014 Event Information

Sunday, 8月 17, 2014 from 3:00pm to dusk at Como Park

More details for the 2014 Lantern Lighting Festival event coming soon!

コモパークの地図

 

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 17th. 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 Takuya Amagai at jasm.interns@gmail.com.