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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.


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    • 2020-12-11
    • (CST)
    • 2021-04-30
    • (CDT)

    JASM is continuing its fundraising via our web shop. We are offering  Japanese festival masks including a fox, rabbit, or Hello Kitty option. We are offering these beautifully-designed masks, kimonos, flower vases, and other items for pick-up with your donation. Please click here to view the store on our website. We are adding new items weekly, so check the shop often to discover new items.

    Japanese Festival Masks:  For a $12 donation ($10 for members), we are offering these beautiful and uniquely designed festival masks made in various colors and patterns and are made of plastic material. The dimensions of the fox masks are: width: 6.5 inch/ 16.5 cm height: 6 inch/ 15 cm. Please check the item details for more information regarding the dimensions of each item.

    Please stay tuned for other items on the JASM Marketplace page on our website!

    • 2021-04-18
    • 15:00 - 16:00 (CDT)
    • Online Cultural Event
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    April 18th from 3-4pm as a part 2 of Shinshunkai, or the spring festival, 

    we are honored to present Mr. Tozaburo Yanagiya, Rakugo storyteller!  We would like you all to join us!

    One of the stories will be told in Japanese, the rest will be in English.

     

    What is Rakugo?

    Rakugo is a traditional verbal art originating from Japan. The Rakugo-ka, or Rakugo storyteller sits down and depicts a comical story only using their voice, minimal gesture, and two props: “Sensu” (a fan) and “Tenugui” (a hand towel). Because of the very limited visual elements, Rakugo is enjoyed using Rakugo-ka's verbal technique and the listeners’ imagination. 

    $8: Member

    $10: Non-member

    Sunday, April 18th 3:00pm-4:00pm

    Please sign up today! The ticket is not refundable, but transferable. 

    This event is sponsored by the Metro Regional Arts Council. 

    About Tozaburo Yanagihara:

    Tozaburo “Zabu” Yanagiya III is a world-renowned Rakugo storyteller residing in New York. Since 2014, he has been given the status of “Shin-uchi”, otherwise known as the highest rank in the traditional Japanese Comedy.

    Since 2018, Zabu has been actively performing in the United States, with over 30 shows within schools, community centers and retirement homes. These opportunities affected him to permanently relocate to the US in July of 2019. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 in the way, his ongoing project of performing in all 50 states is currently in hiatus. However, that doesn’t stop his mission to make people all over the world smile through Rakugo. Please join Zabu for an online performance of Rakugo to enlighten your day. 

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.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

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


Briggs and Morgan, P.A.     IACE TRAVEL     

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    Murata Vios Inc.

Corporate Sustaining Members


     Deloitte Tax, LLP 

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.

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.   Zen Healing Center     


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     Mu Performing Arts

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.


Contact Us

 jasm@us-japan.org


P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426


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