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新年会 2015 January 18th 2015

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Shinnenkai 新年会 2015 January 18th 2015

Want to visit Japan? Here is your chance to do it without having to buy a plane ticket! The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) is bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of a Japanese New Year to Minnesota through our Shinnenkai celebration.

About Shinnenkai 2015:

Shinnenkai is annual New Year Celebration in which we hope to bring the traditions of a Japanese New Year celebration to Minnesota. We will be promoting cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment. There will be cultural performances, delicious Japanese food, a silent auction, mini-workshops, and children’s activities. We hope to create a fun family atmosphere that allows people of all ages to come together and experience a Japanese New Year!

Time & Date:
Sunday, 1月 18, 2015
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location:

Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center
1001 日米協会 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

Tickets are now available!

 

Preregistration is now over! Please purchase your tickets at the door and come join us at JASM Shinnenkai 2015!

At the Door : 1月 18th

$7 for Children Age 6-18

$12 for Adult JASM Member

$16 for Adult Non- JASM Member

Family Package:

$22 for JASM Member

$27 for Non- JASM member

 

View the flyer here!
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Performance Schedule:

4:10 Koto Music by Sakura Kai

4:40 Japanese Traditional Dances by Mikaharukai

5:20 Steel Sword Show by Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu

5:50 Kendama Demonstration by Sweets Kendamas

6:30 Thunder Wave and Japanese songs, Momoko Tanno(soprano) Aaron Barnell(drummer) Asako Hirabayashi( keyboard) Naomi Matsuoka (keyboard) Naoko Koyano (recorder)

7:20 Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts

7:50 Closing Remark and Tejime

 

Schedule in the Exhibitor Area:

4:40 Koto (Japanese musical instrument) by Sakura Kai

5:10 Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) by Ikebana Sogetsu Group

6:00 Japanese Cooking by Kimiko Molasky

6:50 Kakizome (Japanese calligraphy) by Tetsuya Shimano

 

Exhibitors:

Bloomington Sister City Organization

Concordia Language Villages

Ikebana Sogetsu Group

Kimiko’s Japanese Home Cooking

Minneapolis Japanese School

Nihonjin Kai

Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee

Sweets Kendamas

Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu

Zen Healing Center

Mr. Yoshi Satoh

Ms. Keiko Doi

 

Activities & Demonstrations:

Anime / Cartoon Coloring, Calligraphy, Green Tea Workshop, Kendama, Mochi Pounding, Sogetsu Ikebana Flower Arrangements, Travel Desk, and more!

 

Food Donated by Asian Foods

Food Prepared by Tomoko Drake and Friends

Suishin

 

Silent Auction item(s) Donations by:

Breadsmith

Brian Graham Salon

Dale Studios

Great Harvest

Green Teaist

Takehito & Richiko Kamata

Target

Walker Art Center

Zen Box Izakaya

Corporate Roundtable, Dec. 3, 2014

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Corporate Roundtable, Dec. 3, 2014

JASM Corporate Roundtable Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

 

“Want to Make the Best of Your Business Strategies in Japan? Let JETRO Guide the Way”

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

 

We are very pleased to welcome Ichiro Sone, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago to this JASM Corporate Roundtable program. 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. Sone will join us in a discussion of recent economic developments in Japan and how U.S. companies can increase their effectiveness in promoting their goods and services to Japan. What areas of the Japanese economy are increasingly open to investment from the U.S.? What are some of the challenges that face Japanese companies in the current economic situation in Asia and the Pacific? How is JETRO positioned to assist American companies in their Japan business initiatives? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in the business roundtable discussion by Mr. Sone.

 

Ichiro Sone was appointed the Chief Executive Director of JETRO – Chicago in June, 2013. He has served in a number of posts for JETRO, including positions in JETRO’s offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco where he worked in public relations and business development. He has also provided leadership in the management of JETRO’s North America offices and supervised the opening of new offices for JETRO in Cambodia, China and India. Director Sone has a diverse background in business as well as other fields due to his bachelor’s degree in art history and museum studies from Doshisha University in Kyoto.

 

JASM is pleased welcome Ichiro Sone of JETRO – Chicago to Minnesota for this Corporate Roundtable meeting to inform Minnesota business leaders about the opportunities that exist for Minnesota companies in doing business in Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 12月 3. 2014

Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. With Registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Place: Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A. IDS Center, 5th Floor

80 S 8th St. Minneapolis, MN 55402

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

For RSVP, please click here

Ticket

Info: 612-627-9357 or jasm@us-japan.org or the JASM Website

Parking validation will be provided

 

JASM would like to thank Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennet, P.A. for hosting this event.

 

The Last JASM Professional Group of 2014! @ Zen Box Izakaya, Dec. 9th

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The Last JASM Professional Group of 2014! @ Zen Box Izakaya, Dec. 9th

JASM Professional Group Event

Location:Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Date: Tuesday December 9th, 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!

Please RSVPこちらからお願いいたします。

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.

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