JASM News

Kizuna Program 5th Anniversary, Thursday, 10th

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in イベント, 注目情報, General | 0 comments

Kizuna Program 5th Anniversary, Thursday, 10th

Creating a New Tohoku:
Firsthand Observations on its Recovery and an Update on the Economy – Insights on the Fifth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Thursday, 3月 10
Registration Starts 11:30am
Event starts at Noon

Macalester College
Harmon Room
DeWitt Wallace Library
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

About the Program:
To commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, we are honored to present a special program on the progress being made in northeastern Japan, featuring a keynote address by Akihiro Ohyama, Chairman and CEO, IRIS USA.; and Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago.

 

Speaker: Ichiro Soné, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, will set the pace and tone of the program by presenting you with an in-depth review of the progress of the economic and business recovery of the Tohoku region. He will also describe what many are calling a New Tohoku.

Keynote Speaker: Akihiro Ohyama, a native of Sendai City, is the Chairman and CEO of IRIS USA Inc., located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. His parent company IRIS Ohyama, one of most innovative household products companies in Japan has its headquarters in Sendai City, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture. The company carries an astounding 15,000 products with 1,000 new products created on an annual basis. The Great East Japan Earthquake had a major impact on Sendai City and IRIS Ohyama. He will explain the challenges that his city and company had to meet each day and he will also share his insights on the recovery and the progress that society has achieved during these past five years.

Speaker: John Olvera is a senior consulting engineer and Manager of Risk Analysis for Atkins Nuclear Solutions US, a subsidiary of Atkins Global based in the UK. Mr. Olvera has 35 years of experience in nuclear safety analysis, Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), fire risk analysis, and safe shutdown analysis in the nuclear power industry. His experience includes accident and risk analysis for commercial nuclear plants and Department of Energy facilities. He has performed fire risk assessments for several US nuclear plants, including numerous walk down inspections. For the past year and a half, he has lead the Atkins team that has been assisting TEPCO in reviewing the current state of fire protection safe shutdown at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

It is free admission, but the seating is limited. You must reserve your space for this event. Please make sure to RSVP at the link こちらからお願いいたします。. For questions, please contact the Japan America Society of Minnesota at 612-627-9357.

日本語能力クイズ大会 2016

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

J-Quiz 2016

On Saturday, 2月 13, 2016, high school students from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin will gather together to put their knowledge of Japanese Language and Culture to the test!

Teams of students from each school will compete in 3 levels of difficulty. Students will first write an essay, then participate in a preliminary round of questions regarding Japanese Language and Culture. 優勝者にはワシントンDCで行われるジャパン・ボール. 及びさくら祭りに参加するための切符が渡されます。.

This year again, we are inviting family of the students, and any interested parties to come and watch the finals of J-Quiz! Please come and support your student, or all students with an interest in Japan.

There will also be a JASM Market offering Japanese items to support the winners’ trip to Washington DC. If you wish to donate curios or Japanese crafts, please contact the JASM office. JASM is also recruiting event sponsors. For more information, please feel free to contact the JASM office.

 

Saturday, 2月 13, 2015

ノーマンデール コミュニティー カレッジ
Lorenz Auditorium (Fine Arts Building)
France Avenue South and 98th Street in Bloomington, MN

Schedule:
***
This schedule is subject to change.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration

8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening Ceremony

8:30 am – 11:30 am Student Preliminary Round and Written Tests

9:40 am – 11:30 am Cultural Segment: TBA

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:10 pm -12:30 pm Shakuhachi Flute Performance by Leo Hansen

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Final Round, Closing Ceremony, & Award Presentation

 

The Final Rounds and Cultural programs are open for the public to enjoy! Cultural Programs and the Final Rounds will be held in the Lorenz Auditorium in Fine Arts Building.

(If you are a parent, please ask your student which level they are in, and at what time their final round is!)

The Spirit of Sakura: My Artwork and Family Legacy

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

The Spirit of Sakura: My Artwork and Family Legacy

JASM Nichibei Lecture Series

JASM is pleased to invite you to a talk with a wonderful print maker and installation artist, Ayomi Yoshida. Ms. Yoshida is currently having an exhibition of her work at Carlton College, “Cherry Blossoms Fall”. She will be having a special lecture for the JASM community on Thursday, Jan. 28th at 7:00 pm at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The talk will be in Japanese and interpreted in English. The location of the event will be advised soon.

More information about this program and how to make your reservation for this Nichibei Lecture Series event will follow soon.


Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Registration begins at 6:30pm
Talk will start at 7:00pm

Friends Community Room
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

$10 for JASM Members
$15 for Non JASM Members

You may pay through paypal or call us at 612-627-935 to make pay with credit and to make your reservation over the phone.

***Don’t forget to also RSVP after your payment!


Tickets


 

Ayomi Yoshida (from her website)

Ayomi Yoshia
Ayomi Yoshida
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

 

Born in Tokyo, Japan

Graduated from Wako University

2012 guest lecturer, St. Olaf College, Northfield USA

2011 Commission Work -II- in the Music Instrumental Museum, Arizona USA interior design “Bakery & Café Restaurant MUSUI” Tokyo, Japan

2010 Lecture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota USA Commission Work -I- in the Music Instrumental Museum, Arizona USA
interior design “Cedar & Deer Café and Market” Yamanashi, Japan

2008 Second series of Ayomi Yoshida Collection for TARGET

2007 Lecture, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

2006 Part-time lecturer, Musashino Art University, Japan (~’07)
Collaboration brand with Target Corporation “Ayomi Yoshida “ART+DESIGN”

2003 Commission Work in Target Corporation, U.S.A

2000 Open studio program, Fuchu Art Museum, Japan
Part-time lecturer, Musashino Art University, Japan (~’03)

1997 Guest professor, Romania Visual Art Academy, Romania

1995 Part-time lecturer, Wako University, Japan (~’98)

1992 Guest lecturer, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

1990 Artist in Residence, Canada Council, Ontario, Canada (~’91)

1985 College of Mayor Salamanca, Spain (~’86)

1983 Scholarship, Ministry of Culture of Japan

1979 Artist in Residence, Mendocino Art Center, California, U.S.A.

cherry blossoms fall
“Cherry Blossoms Fall”
(From www.carleton.edu)

 

新年会 2016 ボランティア

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in イベント | 0 comments

Shinnenkai 2016 Volunteering

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 2016:

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!

ボランティア:
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please click HERE to sign up!

If you would like to donate Japan related items for the JASM Market, please contact our office by phone 612.627.9357, or through email, riosaito@us-japan.org

osyougatubana-li1Time & Date:
•Sunday, January 17th, 2016
•4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Click HERE for Map

Ticket Price:
***Prices will increase by $2 at the door on January 17th

Free admission with new membership at the door on January 17th!

Free 子供 (5 and under)
$5 子供 (6 – 18 years old)
$10 JASM Member
$8 College Student (Please bring your I.D. at the door)
$8 Senior (65+)
$13 Non-JASM Member

Family Package:
(Up to 2 adults and 2 children in the same household)
$20 JASM Member
$25 Non-JASM Member


Payment:

You may pay at the door (Prices increase by $2 at the door), through Paypal, with credit card by calling our office at 612.627.9357, or with a check. Please make the check payable to Japan America Society of Minnesota and mail it to our office:
ミネソタ日米協会

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

***Upon Payment through Paypal, please enter your name and the names of your guests in the provided section below (in the Paypal box) to RSVP for Shinnenkai 2016.


Tickets
Names


Shinnenkai Poster 2
Click the image to enlarge

Shinnenkai Entertainment Performance Area
• 4:10pm Music by Sakura Kai
• 4:40pm Traditional Dances by Mikaharukai
• 5:10pm Popular Songs by JKPM
• 5:40pm Flamenco by Sachiko Nishiuchi “La Chayí” and Friends
• 6:10pm Kendama Performance by Sweets Kendamas
• 6:20pm Ballet & Music by Shohei, Yuki, Momoko, Miyuki & Asako
• 7:10pm Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts
• 7:50pm Closing Remarks and Tejime

Exhibitor Area Demonstration
• 4:45pm Let’s try Koto Instrument by Sakurakai
• 5:30pm Secret of Tying Beautiful Obi by Kimono Studio by Rin
• 6:15pm Creating a Look: Finding your Voice in Subculture Fashion by Samantha Rei
• 7:00pm Let’s Make Your Boy Look Like a Samurai by Kimono Studio by Rin

Exhibitors
•Bloomington Sister City Organization
• Concordia Language Villages
• Japanese Speaking Club
• Kimono Studio by Rin
• Nagomi Ya
• Nihonjinkai
• Samantha Rei
• Seiryuukan Dojo of Seizankai Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu
• Sogetsu Ikebana
• Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee
• Sweets Kendamas
• Zen Healing Center

Activities & Demonstrations
• Calligraphy
• Kendama
• Mochi Pounding
• Ikebana Flower Arranging
• Japanese Language Game
• Massage and Acupuncture
• Obi Tying
• Koto

Food Donated by
• Asian Foods
• Tomodachi

Food Prepared by
• Tomoko Drake and Friends
• Minnesota Oyaji Club
• Suishin Restaurant
• JK’s Table
• Moko Cake’s

Silent Auction item(s) Donations by:
• Breadsmith
• Susan Doffing
• Dale Studios
• Great Harvest
• Takehito & Richiko Kamata
• Ron Leonhardt
• Sweets Kendamas
• Jennifer & Brian Erickson

ボランティア:
All our volunteer positions are filled at this time.
If you would like to donate Japan related items for the JASM Market, please contact our office by phone 612.627.9357, or through email, riosaito@us-japan.org

J-Quiz/National Japan Bowl Fundraising

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報, Fundraising | 0 comments

J-Quiz/National Japan Bowl Fundraising

“Of all the opportunities I have been lucky enough to stumble upon, the trip I took to Washington DC. with JASM has been one of the most rewarding…I am incredibly grateful for JASM for giving students like me an opportunity like this.” — Benjamin Allard

Please support JASM to raise money for the 2016 J-Quiz and the trip to National Japan Bowl.
Click on the poster below to see the detail.

 

Fundraiser for Japan Bowl and J Quiz 2016 jpg (1)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:

ミネソタ日米協会
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:





新年会 2016 – New Year Celebration

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

Shinnenkai 2016 – New Year Celebration

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 2016:

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!

osyougatubana-li1Time & Date:
•Sunday, January 17th, 2016
•4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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

Click HERE for Map

Ticket Price:
Free admission with new membership at the door on January 17th!

Free 子供 (5 and under)
$7 子供 (6 – 18 years old)
$12 JASM Member
$10 College Student (Please bring your I.D. at the door)
$10 Senior (65+)
$15 Non-JASM Member

Family Package:
(Up to 2 adults and 2 children in the same household)
$20 JASM Member
$25 Non-JASM Member


Payment:

Please pay at the door: We accept cash, credit or check.

 

 

Shinnenkai Entertainment Performance Area
• 4:10pm Music by Sakura Kai
• 4:40pm Traditional Dances by Mikaharukai
• 5:10pm Popular Songs by JKPM
• 5:40pm Flamenco by Sachiko Nishiuchi “La Chayí” and Friends
• 6:10pm Kendama Performance by Sweets Kendamas
• 6:20pm Ballet & Music by Shohei, Yuki, Momoko, Miyuki & Asako
• 7:10pm Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts
• 7:50pm Closing Remarks and Tejime

Exhibitor Area Demonstration
• 4:45pm Let’s try Koto Instrument by Sakurakai
• 5:30pm Secret of Tying Beautiful Obi by Kimono Studio by Rin
• 6:15pm Creating a Look: Finding your Voice in Subculture Fashion by Samantha Rei
• 7:00pm Let’s Make Your Boy Look Like a Samurai by Kimono Studio by Rin

Exhibitors
•Bloomington Sister City Organization
• Concordia Language Villages
• Japanese Speaking Club
• Kimono Studio by Rin
• Nagomi Ya
• Nihonjinkai
• Samantha Rei
• Seiryuukan Dojo of Seizankai Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu
• Sogetsu Ikebana
• Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee
• Sweets Kendamas
• Zen Healing Center

Activities & Demonstrations
• Calligraphy
• Kendama
• Mochi Pounding
• Ikebana Flower Arranging
• Japanese Language Game
• Massage and Acupuncture
• Obi Tying
• Koto

Food Donated by
• Asian Foods
• Tomodachi

Food Prepared by
• Tomoko Drake and Friends
• Minnesota Oyaji Club
• Suishin Restaurant
• JK’s Table
• Moko Cake’s

Silent Auction item(s) Donations by:
• Breadsmith
• Susan Doffing
• Dale Studios
• Great Harvest
• Takehito & Richiko Kamata
• Ron Leonhardt
• Sweets Kendamas
• Jennifer & Brian Erickson

 

 

2015 Bonenkai

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

2015 Bonenkai

2015 Annual Meeting

JASM would love to see you at the 2015 Annual Meeting on the evening of December 15th, 2015. We look forward to discussing the wonderful successes of the past year and will also be looking forward to an exciting new year of events! Please join us at Sakura Restaurant as we elect and welcome our new JASM board members and officers.


Time:
• Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
• 6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Location:

• Sakura Restaurant & Bar
350 St Peter St #195
St Paul, MN 55102

Price:
☆ 2015 Annual Meeting is a free event, but we require everyone to make a reservation prior to the event using the RSVP form.

Please click HERE to register for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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Bonenkai:

Following the Annual Meeting, please join us to celebrate for the traditional end of the year JASM gathering! This has been a favorite event for those who miss the Japanese end of the year party – the Bonenkai tradition. It’s a great way to celebrate with your co-workers and friends to forget the past and celebrate the upcoming new year. New members have a chance to mingle with long-term members at this fun event!

 

 

Time:
• Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
• 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Location:

Sakura restaurant logo
• Sakura Restaurant & Bar
350 St Peter St #195
St Paul, MN 55102

Price:
• $20 JASM members
• 25$ JASM non members

You may pay through paypal or send us your check as payment for your reservation.

If you choose to pay through check, please make it payable to JASM and mail it to:
ミネソタ日米協会
43 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Don’t forget to also RSVP after your payment!


Bonenkai 2015



 

RSVP:
Click HERE to RSVP. You can also call us to make your reservation over the phone. Call us at 612-627-9357 or email us at jasm@us-japan.org.

 

2015 Annual Meeting & Bonenkai

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

2015 Annual Meeting & Bonenkai

2015 Annual Meeting

JASM would love to see you at the 2015 Annual Meeting on the evening of December 15th, 2015. We look forward to discussing the wonderful successes of the past year and will also be looking forward to an exciting new year of events! Please join us at Sakura Restaurant as we elect and welcome our new JASM board members and officers.

 

 


Time:
• Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
• 6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Location:

Sakura restaurant logo
• Sakura Restaurant & Bar
350 St Peter St #195
St Paul, MN 55102

Price:
☆ 2015 Annual Meeting is a free event, but we require everyone to make a reservation prior to the event using the RSVP form.
Please click HERE to register for the 2015 Annual Meeting.


 

Bonenkai:

 

Following the Annual Meeting, please join us to celebrate for the traditional end of the year JASM gathering! This has been a favorite event for those who miss the Japanese end of the year party – the Bonenkai tradition. It’s a great way to celebrate with your co-workers and friends to forget the past and celebrate the upcoming new year. New members have a chance to mingle with long-term members at this fun event!

Time:
• Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
• 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Location:

Sakura restaurant logo

Sakura Restaurant & Bar
350 St Peter St #195
St Paul, MN 55102

Price:
• $20 JASM members
• 25$ JASM non members

You may pay through paypal or send us your check as payment for your reservation.

If you choose to pay through check, please make it payable to JASM and mail it to:
ミネソタ日米協会
43 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Don’t forget to also RSVP after your payment!


Bonenkai 2015



 

RSVP:
Click HERE to RSVP. You can also call us to make your reservation over the phone. Call us at 612-627-9357 or email us at jasm@us-japan.org.

Addressing Challenges in Northeast Asia: Lessons from the “Mansfield Way”, Friday October 30th.

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in General, Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

Thlogo mansfielde Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in coordination with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Japan-America Society of Minnesota presents a symposium on:

Addressing Challenges in Northeast Asia: Lessons from the “Mansfield Way”

Mike Mansfield played a pivotal role in key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, U.S. Senate majority leader, and U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1977 to early 1989. On October 30, the Mansfield Foundation will convene a panel of Mike Mansfield’s friends and former colleagues to share their recollections of Ambassador Mansfield and relate how his example inspired their own efforts to promote cooperation between the United States and Asia. This symposium will examine current challenges in Northeast Asia – the rise of China, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, lingering historical animosities – and share crucial lessons from Ambassador Mansfield in both politics and international affairs, especially his conviction that there is always something to be gained from listening to others.

The panel will include former Vice President Walter Mondale, who followed Mike Mansfield as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1993-1996, Rust Deming, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission to Ambassador Mondale at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and Charles Ferris, who was chief counsel to Mike Mansfield during his tenure as U.S. Senate majority leader.

 

Panelists:

  • Walter F. Mondale Chairman Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation International Advisory Board, and former Vice President of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to Japan
  • Rust M. Deming, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins School of International Studies
  • Charles D. Ferris, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

 

Date:

Friday, 10月 30, 2015

Time:

8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Location:

Cowles Auditorium

Humphrey School of Public Affairs130 Humphrey School,

301 19th Ave. 土 , Minneapolis, 日米協会

 

Please RSVP to rsvp@mansfieldfdn.org by October 26

The Mansfield Foundation was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield and his wife Maureen. Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at
www.mansfieldfdn.org. To learn more about the Humphrey School of Public Affairs please go to http://www.hhh.umn.edu/index.php

JASM Professionals Group; Thursday, 3月 31 at Saji-ya

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in イベント, 注目情報, General | 0 comments

JASM Professionals Group; Thursday, March 31 at Saji-ya

On Thursday, 3月 31, 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.

 

Date: Thursday, 3月 31

Time: 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Location: Saji-Ya
695 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

料金: 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! Attendees are encouraged to purchase their own food and drink at the restaurant.

RSVP: The event is free for members, but we require everyone to make a reservation prior to the event using the RSVP form by clicking this link.

JASM Professionals Group