“During the last month of my program in Japan I’m going to do the most I can, see as much as I’m able to, and continue making memories that will last a lifetime.” —Maly Thao, 2015 Mondale Scholarship recipient
“I’m so thankful for having had this opportunity, and I can’t thank JASM and the sponsors enough for helping provide this influential event every year.” — Taylor Nelson, 2015 J-Quiz winner
It has been very exciting for the Japan America Society of Minnesota. The organization has been doing our best to provide opportunities to Minnesota to connect with Japan for the past 40 years.
We have many wonderful events, such as J-Quiz in which 95 students from 12 schools compete to go to Washington D.C. In June we have a the Harukaze concert at Sundin Hall on Hamline University’s campus. We have the exciting Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Zoo inAugust. Then we welcome the new year with Shinnenkai bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of Japanese New Year.
You can help, and continue to make these JASM events possible.
JASM embarked on a major fundraising initiative to build a future that will expand the programs of the Society, reach new audiences, and contribute to the future of the U.S. – Japan relationship building in Minnesota. For JASM to thrive more in the future, we need your help. Please consider making a donation to JASM. You can contact us by phone at 612-627-9357 or make your donation online anytime.
Your donation will help JASM to increase the number of students who participate in the Mondale Scholarship Program. Along with J-Quiz and provide scholarships. JASM can expand its programming and activities through additional social networking activities with more funds. Your donation in any amount will help JASM reach our overall goal and make a difference in the community.
Thank you for helping JASM to grow and continue to be a force in building U.S.-Japan relationships of many kinds in Minnesota.
By Check: Please make the check out to “JASM” and mail it to:
Japan America Society of Minnesota
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
By Phone: Please call the JASM office at 612.627.9357 to donate by credit card.
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Mu Performing Arts gathers together world-class talent for Minnesota’s First Taiko Festival Mu Performing Arts celebrates Mu Daiko’s 20th anniversary by gathering some of the best taiko talent from Minnesota, the United States, Canada, and Japan to give audiences the opportunity to experience the impact, depth, and diversity of taiko performance as a dynamic musical art form and a cultural heritage that originates from Japan and is practiced around the world. “This Minnesota Taiko Festival is a dream come true for me. I want to show...read more
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The Arlington Heights branch of IACE Travel is offering an opportunity for you to support JASM while planning a trip to Japan. When you mention the Japan America Society of Minnesota while booking your flight, IACE Travel will make a donation to JASM. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity and plan your trip to Japan! IACE Travel was founded in 1970 and has offices in over 40 cities in Japan. Whether you’re looking for a plane ticket, JR Pass, cruise, or grand tour, IACE has a package for you. Get started today...read more
The Japan America Society of Minnesota has a very exciting opportunity for students planning to study abroad in Japan: the Mondale Scholarship! JASM will award the Mondale Scholarship to Minnesota undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel. JASM will offer up to $3,000 in scholarships for the academic year. The selection committee has the discretion to award up to three $1,000 scholarships or two $1,500 scholarships. The awards...read more
On Saturday, February 18th, 2017, high school students from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin will gather together to put their knowledge of Japanese Language and Culture to the test! Teams of students from each school will compete in 3 levels of difficulty. Students will first write an essay, then participate in a preliminary round of questions regarding Japanese Language and Culture. The winners are sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the national Japan Bowl and attend the Sakura Festival. This year again, we are inviting family of the...read more