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 COVID-19 Update

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, members, and broader Japanese community, we have made the decision to close the JASM office. For the time being, we have been providing online activities.  Staff members are working remotely and will continue to be available as much as possible via e-mail.

Upcoming events

    • 2023-02-12
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    On  Sunday, February 12th, JASM will host J-Quiz 2023! Registration is now openThe new and updated JASM J-Quiz 2023 is for anyone who are interested. 

    We are also very excited to introduce our brand new J-Quiz ambassador Kana-chan!  She  was created by renowned artist Hiro Suzuhira from Tokyo just for JASM's J-Quiz! 

    Please register for both J-Quiz Part 1 and Part 2 through the links below:

    Click here to register for J-Quiz Part 1

    Click here to register for J-Quiz Part 2

    Due to Hopin account limitations, we must limit the entries to the first 100 people. We hope you will be able to join us. Please register as soon

     as possible.


     (US Central Time)

    9: 45 am (the site will open)

    10:00 am Opening ceremony

    10:30 am J-Quiz  (ca. 45 min.)

    10:30 - 11:45 am Culture videos, College Fair, and  "Speed Networking" are open

    Part 2

    (US Central Time)

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm Culture videos, College Fair, and "Speed Networking" are open

    11:45 am - 12: 45 pm Guest Speaker Betsy Linehan-Skillings

    12:50 pm - 1:05 pm Closing ceremony and group photo

    1:05 pm - 1:30 pm Culture videos, College Fair, and "Speed Networking" are open

    Guest speaker: Betsy Linehan-Skllilngs

    Betsy Linehan-Skillings is a visual media translator working in the Japanese entertainment intustry. Born and raised in Minnesota with a big passion for Japanese language and media, Betsy shares JASM's mission to bring Japan and Minnesota communities together, and she was honored to serve as media coordinator in 2015. Before moving to Japan, she studied Japanee and science education at the University of Minnesota.

    Try the sample quizzes below! (Please click the image to enlarge.)

    The answeres are to find at the end of the event page.

    One of the JASM’s important missions is to support Americans who want to learn Japanese and get to know Japan more.  We know there are so many who always study and read about Japan. As we hit our 50th Anniversary of our organization,  we created this Japan-focused trivia for anyone who is learning about Japan.

    Our goal for J-Quiz is to encourage people to continue their study of Japanese language and culture and have a place to share with like-minded people.

    What is J-Quiz?


    There will be 30 questions regarding Japan and Japanese languages.  The participants can join these fun quizzes to test their knowledge! 

    This event also has information regarding the colleges who offer Japanese classes and offers cultural exhibition videos where experts will share their knowledge and skills.  With Hopin’s “networking”  function, you can meet and chat with people who are learning Japanese and share ideas or ask questions.

    J-Quiz is free to participate, but JASM appreciates your donation.

    This event is made possible thanks to sponsors: 

    Molly and Ron Leonhardt 

    • 2023-02-16
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
    • 49

    Please join JASM on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 pm (CT).  Mariko Nagai will talk about Japanese manners and customs and how they relate to those in the U.S. Participants can learn about manners and customs unique to Japanese culture in various situations and environments such as at school, work, and in public places. If you are interested in Japanese culture or in traveling to Japan one day, it will be a great opportunity to learn about everyday ways of communicating! 

    Mariko Nagai is a Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) coordinator hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mariko is originally from Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in intercultural studies from Seinan Gakuin University. Her first experience in the U.S. was as a high school student through a sister city cultural exchange program between Fukuoka City and Oakland, California. Inspired by this experience, she decided to join a month-long summer language school in Minnesota, as well as a study abroad program at Middle Tennessee State University during her bachelor's degree for two semesters.

    Prior to serving as a JOI Coordinator, Mariko worked for six years as an English instructor and program coordinator, and two years as a conference organizer. It has always been a dream of hers to be a bridge between Japan and other countries, especially with the U.S. because of the experiences she had as student. She has been engaging the university and greater Nebraska community while connecting with many people and strengthening their understanding of Japan as a JOI Coordinator.

    This event is free of charge, but JASM appreciates your donation.



    • 2023-04-20
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
    • 97

    Registration will open March 20.

    (Picture left) Fukuda Kodōjin, Landscape after Mi Fu, April 1918, hanging scroll: ink on silk, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Suzanne S. Roberts Fund for Asian Art (2012.71.3) , (Picture below) Fukuda Kodōjin, Blue-green Landscape, April 1928, hanging scroll: ink and color on silk, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of David Tausig Frank and Kazukuni Sugiyama (2015.111.21)

    Please join us for Curator Talk “The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodōjin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist” on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.

    Fukuda Kodōjin (1865–1944) was one of a handful of scholar-artists who continued the tradition of Japanese literati painting (nanga) in the early twentieth century. Kodōjin’s painting style is characterized by bizarrely shaped mountain forms rendered in vivid color or monochromatic ink that often include a solitary scholar enjoying the expansive beauty of nature. Not only a painter, Kodōjin was also an accomplished poet and calligrapher patronized by influential industrialists and politicians of the era. Following his death, he slipped into obscurity, and today is more appreciated outside his native Japan. The result of fifteen years of extensive research into more than eight hundred works, in April,

    Dr. Andreas Marks will talk about his upcoming 344-page book that accompanies the first ever exhibition of Kodōjin outside of Japan, on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art from April to June 2023.

    Please support JASM to continue with our mission and activities.

    Dr. Andreas Marks is the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008 to 2013 he was the director and chief curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. He has a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, Germany. A specialist of Japanese woodblock prints, he is the author of 16 books. In 2014 he received an award from the International Ukiyo‐e Society in Japan for his research. He has curated exhibitions in a variety of media from pre‐modern to contemporary art and visual culture at 38 museums. His most recent book on Hokusai's reknown Fuji series was published by Taschen last summer. His next book will introduce 100 different types of Japanese demons and ghosts and is said to be released this autumn.

Connecting Japan and Minnesota for nearly 50 years

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is a member-supported, non-profit organization established to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and US citizens. Through our programs and events, we endeavor to promote an appreciation of cultural, educational, economic, public, and other affairs of interest to both peoples. JASM also connects and supports Minnesota's seven Japanese sister cities, two Japanese-language Saturday schools, over 100 Japanese corporate subsidiaries, and a host of other organizations dedicated to Japan-related topics from Anime to Zen. JASM is open to individuals, corporations, and other organizations interested in supporting its missionFounded in 1972, JASM is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.


JASM is supported by hundreds of individuals and over 40 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations. Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Corporate Benefactors

Daikin Applied 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.  

Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd     

Taiyo International, Inc.

Corporate Contributors

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    

Corporate Sustaining Members


Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, PC     Japan Lifeline Co.Ltd

Mall of America     Metropolitan Airports Commission     MGK, Inc.

Naigai Industries U.S.A. Inc.     Satellite Industries, Inc.

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Partners in Service

JK's Table     Kiku Enterprises, Inc.     Minnesota Trade Office

Origami Restaurant     Sakura Restaurant

Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club     Saji-Ya Restaurant

Suishin Restaurant

Tomodachi     Voyager  Group Inc.

Nonprofit Members

Concordia Language Villages     Economic Club of Minnesota     Global Minnesota

JETAA Minnesota     JETRO Chicago     JP Network, St. Cloud State University

KCC-Japan Education Exchange     Macalester College Asian Language & Culture Department

Minneapolis Japanese School     Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Japanese     Minnesota Orchestra     

NDSU-Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection     Twin Cities Aikido Center

UMN Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

University of North Dakota-Grand Forks     Winona State University Global Studies Dept.

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