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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

    • 2023-03-30
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
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    Join JASM on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom for an Artist Talk with Japanese ceramics artist, Hitomi Hosono! She will discuss the processes and inspiration behind the works in her exhibition On the Surface: Flora Inspired Ceramics of Hitomi Hosono, on exhibition at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN January 28 through April 30, 2023. On the Surface features 16 porcelain vessels of Hosono's, whose intricate floral creations in white porcelain are inspired by her Japanese heritage and a mastery of the English ceramic traditions.

    Please support JASM to continue with our mission and activities.

    Hitomi Hosono is a Japanese ceramist based in London, UK. 

    Demonstrating a mastery of Japanese and English ceramics traditions, her detailed porcelain vessels reference the flora of the natural world. The delicacy of 

    their chalk-like finish and gold embellishments captivate. Using the sprig-mold technique—a process that uses thin ceramic reliefs, or “sprigs,” applied as surface decoration—Hosono captures the precise detail of botanical forms. The dense layers of sprigs evoke the surfaces of leaves on tree branches. Her work has attracted the patronage of curators from the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

    • 2023-04-20
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
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    Registration will open March 20.

    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.

    (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 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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