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    • 2022-10-27
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online
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     JASM is pleased to announce an online event: "Smart Agriculture and its Benefits" by Katsutoshi Mizuta on October 27 at 6 PM

    Smart agriculture has demonstrated its great possibilities to enhance crop productivity, economic returns, and environmental quality. The farmers use various sensors and data to optimize fertilizer application, irrigation, and soil nutrient leaching. This presentation reviews some advanced practices and technologies implemented in the US and world. 

    Katsutoshi Mizuta, originally from Japan received a PhD, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota Precision Agriculture Center. He is leading a multistate precision nitrogen management research project in collaboration with Purdue University. He received his BS in environmental engineering in 2014. He also received both his MS majoring in soil and water sciences (SWS) in 2016 and his PhD majoring in SWS (minoring in food and resource economics). He also has experience in research from a local to regional scale with cutting-edge technologies (machine learning; proximal, airborne, and satellite remote sensing) based on big data of soil, crop, biome, climate, terrain, and geology.

    In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    $8: Non-member

    $0: Member

    The ticket is not refundable, but transferable.

    • 2022-11-19
    • Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

    We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will be held in person on

    Saturday, November 19th at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins.

    Please mark your calendars.

    The 25th Mondale Gala will pay tribute to Ambassador Mondale who greatly strengthened the relationship between Japan and the United States and was an avid supporter of JASM. The Mondale Award was created 25 years ago as a way to recognize individuals who walked in Amb. Mondale's footsteps in their outstanding achievements in continuing to build the bond between Japan and Minnesota. At the same time, the Mondale Scholarship was created to provide  financial support for the students studying in Japan. 

    We have not been able to recognize Bill Deef and Sarah Walbert, the award winners in 2020 and 2021 respectively, as well as scholarship recipients in person due to COVID. Therefore, they will also be recognized alongside the 2022 winners in this year's gala. Please join us to celebrate award and scholarship recipients as well as JASM's 50 years of strengthening Minnesota-Japan relations.

    Please keep an eye out for registration information which will be coming soon.

    • 2022-11-19
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

    Congratulations to Judith and Gayle Fleming, the 2022 winners of the Mondale Award for Japan-Minnesota Partnership! The Mondale Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding contributions to the relationship between the people of Japan and Minnesota. 

    Judith and Gayle share much in common with the first winners of the award, Joan and Walter Mondale:

    · A passion for Japan in all its facets, particularly arts and culture

    · Commitment to youth

    · Continuous, hands-on work with a variety of organizations to further the Japan-Minnesota connection.

    Judith and Gayle are active in the Yukimakai Tea Ceremony Association. Judith served as Treasurer for Yukimakai for 10 years. Both Judith and Gayle are active in spring and fall cleaning and in presenting Tea at Como's Tea House each year. Gayle crafted a beautiful Tenchaban table and stools for the group. They host a yearly moon viewing chakai and dinner at their home for Yukimakai members and their guests.

    Their cultural interests spread beyond tea ceremony to gardening. Gayle is a long-time volunteer and consultant at the Como Garden and the Normandale Friendship Garden. He and Judith have assisted many members of the Twin Cities community in their efforts to establish Japanese Gardens, and they have hosted many events at their own garden.  In the words of one nominator, “Like Japan, where space is limited, the Flemings have transformed their home, yard, and any viable area, into a magical Japanese-style getaway from the urban area in which they live.”

    They are also core members of the Minneapolis-Ibaraki Sister City Commission, having hosted many Welcome and Farewell Parties at their home, acting as judges for the Ibaraki Haiku Poetry Award, and serving as long-time Board Members.

    Perhaps most impressive is their commitment to young people. The Flemings served as host parents to at least 7 Japanese high school students (some of them staying for up to 3 years). They have stayed in touch with many of their Japanese sons and daughters, hosted parents who came to visit the students, put on graduation parties, and even traveled to Japan to attend a wedding. One of their former students had this to say: “The time I spent with them is the most precious moment in my life. Now I am an adult and I know how difficult to be Host family with foreign student living together in same house. Although they did it so naturally with warm heart”

    The Mondale Award Selection committee received 13 pages of heartwarming testimony in support of the Flemings. They have built the Japan-Minnesota connection group-to-group, and, even more impressively, person-to-person. We are awed by their accomplishments and thankful for their contributions.

    We look forward to presenting them with the award at our annual gala.


    Bob Luck,

    JASM President

    Chair, 2022 Mondale Award Selection Committee

    JASM is very pleased to present the Mondale Award to Judith and Gayle Fleming in 2022. Everyone is welcome to join us to honor Judith and Gayle.

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2022-09-17 2022 JASM Charity Golf Tournament
2022-08-21 2022 Japanese Obon Festival
2022-08-21 2022 Obon Festival Volunteers Needed!
2022-08-15 2022 Mondale Award Nominations
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)
2022-02-12 Virtual J-Quiz 2022
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 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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