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    • 2024-03-21
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
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    Please join us for “Furoshiki Demo” with Kazumi Kataoka on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.

    In this presentation, Kazumi Kataoka will introduce us to the world of furoshiki, and how it can be used in everyday scenarios.

    Furoshiki come in many sizes, but if you have one that is around 30 x 30 inch (give or take a few), it would be ideal for practicing. 

    Ticket Price

    $8 for Non-Members

    Free for Members

    Kazumi Kataoka has lived in Minnesota for more than 20 years. She is a furoshiki enthusiast and wants to promote the use of furoshiki as an alternative to wasteful wrapping paper and plastic bags. 

    She founded a website called "BAGSTITUTE.COM" and spreads awareness on how multifunctional and versatile a furoshiki is. 

    (Photo: Kazumi Kataoka )

    Please support JASM to continue to help us further our mission and make events like this possible.

    • 2024-04-18
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 97

    This is new JASM member only event.

    Welcome new JASM Members!

    (Picture: New Member Social 2023 at  Upsher-Smith/Sawai Pharmaceutical in Maple Grove, one of our corporate members)

    New members who registered from May, 2023 to April 17, 2024 will be invited!

    Please save the date for New Member Social 2024 on April 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (CT)This event will be IN-PERSON. The location is TBD.       

    This event will help you get to know JASM a little bit better and become acquainted with other Japan enthusiasts in Minnesota and the surrounding area. 

    The registration will be open in March.

    • 2024-06-18
    • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    The 2024 Obon Festival will be on Sunday, August 18th at Como Park. We will look for volunteers starting in June/July.

    Please find information below on the various booths you can volunteer at and make this event successful together!

    (Picture: 2023 Obon Festival first shift volunteers)

    • Calligraphy - assist calligraphy master and help people do calligraphy (previous experience with calligraphy preferred) 

    • Yo-Yo Tsuri - a game where participants fish for floating balloons. Volunteers will need to organize booth, prepare water balloons, prepare hooks, and help run game. 

    • Balloon Makers - help make balloons for Yo-Yo Tsuri 

    • Kingyo sukui - our version will involve participants fishing for rubber fish with scoopers. Volunteers will need to prepare tubs of water, and help run game. 

    • Japanese Quiz - conduct J-quiz by asking participants questions and encouraging participants

    • Main Booth - sell variety of JASM merchandise and conduct membership outreach 

    Everyone is welcome to volunteer, as long as you are 18 years or older. Both newcomers and experienced Obon volunteers are welcome!

    ** Please note that all volunteers need to attend a volunteer workshop before the festival to get necessary information.  Time and location to be determined.

    We're looking forward to working with you!

    • 2024-08-18
    • 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    Please save the date  for Obon Festival 2024 at Como Park on Sunday, August 18 from 3 PM to sundown for a celebration of Japanese culture and tradition.  There will be food, singing, dancing, martial arts, and of course, lantern lighting! This is a family friendly event perfect for everyone. 

    Please stay turned for the update!


    JASM Activities that will be at Obon Festival: 

    Calligraphy - Try your hand at calligraphy or ask the calligraphy master for a message on a fan (with a donation of $15 or more)

    Yo-Yo Tsuri - A game where participants fish for floating balloons

    Kingyo sukui - In our version, fish for rubber fish with scoopers

    Japanese Quiz - Test your knowledge of Japan and win a prize

    Main Booth - Find variety of JASM merchandise and other fun items.

    Visit JASM Main Booth for Obon Festival Masks!


    We hope to see you there!

    • 2024-09-21
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Pioneer Creek Golf Course 705 Copeland Rd #9787, Maple Plain, MN 55359
    • 72

    JASM will be holding our 3rd annual charity golf scramble event in September at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, MN on September 21st.

    Please save the date for this event!

    We will announce the details as soon as we know.

    Enjoy a fun day of competition with friends while supporting JASM. This event is limited to 72 participants. 

    • 2024-11-16
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

    Please mark your calendars for the 2024 Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will be held in person on Saturday, November 16th at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins.

    Both the MondaleAward and Mondale Scholarship will be presented at this event. The Mondale Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the building of understanding, cooperation, and respect between the people of Japan and Minnesota. 

    The Mondale Scholarship is presented to students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel.

    Please keep an eye out for registration information which will come in September.

    • 2024-12-12
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD
    • 50

    The 2024 Annual Meeting  is scheduled on December 12th at 6:30 pm this year. The location is to be dermined.

    At the meeting, we will be reflecting on the year as a whole and looking forward to next year. We’ll discuss additional ways we can further JASM’s  mission and will hold elections for board members.

    Mark your calendar!

2024-02-21 (ONLINE) JSNC & NAJAS Friends Present: Japanese Houses: Stories of Remarkable Homes and the People Who Made Them
2024-02-20 Support J-Quiz, order Kana-chan Beanie now!
2024-02-16 Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship
2024-02-11 J-Quiz 2024 Sponsorship Request
2024-02-11 J-Quiz 2024 (Online)
2024-02-01 JASM Member Recruitment Campaign
2023-12-23 Online viewing Harukaze 2023 "The Boy Who Drew Cats" by Asako Hirabayashi
2023-12-13 2023 Annual Meeting
2023-11-19 Chirimen (& more) Fundraiser 2.0
2023-11-04 2023 Mondale Award Winner!
2023-11-04 2023 Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala (in-person)
2023-11-04 Please join the 2023 Mondale Gala Online Auction!
2023-10-11 Elevating the Art of Gyotaku with Dwight Hwang (Online)
2023-09-23 2023 JASM Charity Golf Scramble
2023-09-17 Chirimen (and more) Fundraiser
2023-09-14 Ghibli Park: Encounters with Totoro and Laputa’s Robots with Dr. Jeff DuBois (Online)
2023-08-28 Grassroots Summit Host Family Needed
2023-08-20 2023 Japanese Obon Festival
2023-08-20 (Closed)2023 Obon Festival Volunteers Needed!
2023-08-16 2023 Mondale Award Nominations
2023-07-09 Summer Festival Dance Workshop: Bringing Japanese Summer to the Sculpture Garden(in person)
2023-06-11 Harukaze 2023 "The Boy Who Drew Cats" by Asako Hirabayashi (in-person)
2023-05-25 Meet the Authors: Constance Hays Matsumoto & Kent Matsumoto, co-authors of "Of White Ashes" (Online)
2023-05-23 Reception for JASM Members : 50th Anniversary Photo Exhibition (in-person)
2023-05-05 50th Anniversary Photo Exhibition
2023-04-20 Mia Curator Talk: The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodōjin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist (Online)
2023-04-13 Corporate Roundtable with the Metropolitan Airports Commission
2023-03-30 Live from London, Artist Talk: Flora Inspired Ceramics of Hitomi Hosono
2023-03-12 Pre-Order Now for Kana-chan T-shirt!
2023-03-09 Live from Japan, Artist Talk: the Fine Art of Bookbinding with Yo Yamazaki (Online)
2023-02-16 JOI Talk: Japanese manners and customs (Online)
2023-02-12 Register Today: Online J-Quiz 2023 for Everyone
2023-01-26 JOI Talk: Japanese New Year Traditions and "Hanachozu" flower arranging (Online)
2022-11-19 2022 Mondale Award Winners!
2022-11-19 2022 Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala (in-person): JASM's 50th Anniversary
2022-11-18 Please join the Mondale Gala Online Auction
2022-10-27 Smart Agriculture and its Benefits (Online)
2022-10-06 Enthusiastic Cheering Culture of Japanese Baseball Fans
2022-09-24 Rhythm of Japan in ND: Celebrating the friendship of North Dakota and Japan
2022-09-17 2022 JASM Charity Golf Tournament
2022-08-21 2022 Japanese Obon Festival
2022-08-21 2022 Obon Festival Volunteers Needed!
2022-07-28 POSTPONED: Smart Agriculture and its Benefits (in person)
2022-07-17 YOSAKOI Dance Workshop: Bringing Japanese Summer to the Sculpture Garden
2022-06-30 Mia Curator Talk: “Minneapolis' New Clothes: Dressed by Nature—Textiles of Japan”
2022-06-12 Primavera: JASM 50th Anniversary Harukaze Concert 2022
2022-06-08 Corporate Roundtable with AgriPro/Syngenta
2022-04-28 ”Tattoo History" with Emi Nijiya (Online)
2022-02-24 Artist Talk ”Water Flows, Life Blooms" with Mayumi Amada (Online)
2022-01-27 A Tale of Two Friends: A Brief History of Minnesota-Japan Relations (Online)
2021-12-15 2021 Annual Meeting (Online)
2021-11-05 2021 Virtual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala: Remembering Ambassador Mondale
2021-10-29 Special Sake Deal for Mondale Gala Night
2021-10-14 Corporate Roundtable with Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.
2021-10-09 2021 JASM Charity Golf Tournament
2021-08-17 Shinshunkai Summer Throwback
2021-08-15 2021 Obon Festival
2021-07-22 A Story of Obon with Twin Cities Buddhist Association Sangha
2021-07-08 Kamishibai/Storytelling with Minneapolis Ibaraki Sister City Association
2021-06-05 Edamame Champ 全米エダマメ選手権
2021-05-20 Mia Curator Talk for Exhibition Tour in Japan
2021-04-18 Rakugo by Tozaburo Yanagiya: Shinshunkai(新春会)Part 2
2021-04-08 Kiritanpo Lesson with America-Japan Society of Akita
2021-03-14 Kazha Meet & Greet at Shinshunkai (新春会) 2021
2021-03-14 2021 Shinshunkai(新春会)
2021-03-09 Corporate Roundtable: North Dakota Edition
2021-02-25 Whiskey Tasting with Chris Uhde
2021-02-20 J-Quiz 2021

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