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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

    • 2023-06-11
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 1531 Hewitt Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
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    Japan America Society of Minnesota presents, world premiere of concert Opera The Boy Who Drew Cats by Award winning international composer Asako Hirabayashi, collaborating with award winning international visual artist, Mayumi Amada.

    Based on the ancient Japanese folktale, rewritten by Asako Hirabayashi, the story is about childrens shortcoming can be a power and strength for their success in their lives. Instead of realistic stage set for the opera, Mayumi creates imaginary, spiritual and abstract image on the stage to enhance the message of this opera. Influenced by the spirit and ideologies of Buddhism, Mayumi draws upon the philosophy of Zen to give direction to the creation of her work.

    6/11/2023, 3pm

    Tickets $15 (Non member), $10 (Member)

    The ticket is not refundable, but transferable.

    Sundin Music Hall (Hamline University,1531 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104)

    ** Sundin Music Hall is Accessible for All  

    Story, Libretto, Music by Asako Hirabayashi
    Stage Design by Mayumi Amada

    Arreola, Brian (Leading Tenor)

    Kelvin Chan (Leading Baritone)

    Timothy P. Faatz (Tenor)
    Sullivan Ojala Helmbolt (Baritone)
    Justin Staebell (Bass)
    Momoko Tanno (Narrator) 
    Daria Adams (Violin)
    Mira Frisch (Cello)
    Ivan Konev (Piano)
    Max Kuzmyak (Videographer)

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


    • 2023-09-23
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pioneer Creek Golf Course 705 Copeland Rd #9787, Maple Plain, MN 55359
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    JASM will be holding our 3rd annual charity golf scramble event on Saturday, September 23 at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, MN.

    Enjoy a fun day of competition with friends while supporting JASM. This event is limited to 72 participants. Look for registration details in upcoming Tsushins, JASM newsletter and in emails. 

    Registration fee:

    Early Bird price through August 23

    $90: Non-member

    $75: Member 

    From August 24 to September 16

    $115: Non-member

    $100: Member 

    For further information, please contact:

    Tom Haeg, 612-940-3351 tomhaeg@msn.com

    Marc Blehert, 763-280-2108 mblehert@yahoo.com


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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P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426

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