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Japanese Obon Festival 2019: Volunteers Wanted

Posted by on Jun 11, 2019 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

Japanese Obon Festival 2019: Volunteers Wanted

JASM is searching for volunteers for the year’s annual Obon Festival on Sunday, August 18th! These volunteers help with a variety of tasks, from assisting in the festival set-up process to manning our various booths (specifics can be found below). Please stay tuned for more details! Please complete this google form so we can gather the availability and other essential information of our potential volunteers. Volunteers receive complimentary admission to this event, and gain a great opportunity to meet new people while helping the community. Volunteers will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis, and JASM members are a priority. If you would like to become...

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Harukaze 2019: Momokusu Iwata, Shamisen Tokyo

Posted by on May 12, 2019 in イベント, 注目情報 | 0 comments

Harukaze 2019: Momokusu Iwata, Shamisen Tokyo

The Japan America Society of Minnesota presents in memory of Mr. Takuzo Ishida Shamisen Tokyo. Tradition meets Modernity. Award-winning Momokusu Iwata brings the ancient shamisen into modern times with songs infused with rock, jazz, and other contemporary elements. Please join JASM Harukaze, Spring Wind, concert for this exciting performance of true musical cross culture event.     About Momokusu Iwata “Tsugaru Shamisen can create 7 kinds of timbres.” That’s what Momokusu Iwata took home from his master’s first lesson. Since then, he has explored and polished the timbres. He won the Tsugaru shamisen world competition in 2017; however, he was...

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Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship Fund

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in イベント, 注目情報, Fundraising | 0 comments

Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship Fund

Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship It is still very difficult to grasp that Ishida san is not with us anymore. We have been receiving down pouring of thoughts and comments regarding how much he is loved and missed. The Ishida family graciously decided to let us create a scholarship in the name of Takuzo Ishida san and we are honored to keep his legacy going. Please see the obituary below and the information regarding the scholarship. Ishida, Takuzo Of Woodbury, MN peacefully passed away of lymphoma on April 25, 2019. Takuzo was born in Hirado, Japan in 1944. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry at Chiba University in Japan. In 1981, he moved...

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Corporate Roundtable with MGK on Friday, May 17th

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in イベント | 0 comments

Corporate Roundtable Speakers are Steve Gullickson, President and Randy Nelson, 副会長 & CFO of MGK JASM is organizing a Corporate Round Table with Steven Gullickson (会長) and Randy Nelson (CFO) of McLaughlin Gormley King Co., Inc (MGK). Back in 2012, Sumitomo Chemical acquired a majority of MGK and they have had a successful relationship since. The topic for this event is the history of the MGK/Sumitomo Chemical relationship and the impact of the acquisition on business processes. MGK, A solid member of the “Minnesota Mittelstand”, managed by the same family for four generations, located in Golden Valley, and intensely focused on Insect control...

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Sake Tasting

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in イベント | 0 comments

Sake Tasting

Join us in March for our Sake Tasting event! The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and JASM are hosting this event where you will be able to try many varieties of sake, socialize, network, learn about sake and most importantly have fun! During the event, sake expert from Sake Story, Chris Griese will be giving a presentation to help you better appreciate the sake you will be tasting. Chris received his Advanced Sake Professional Level II Certificate in Tokyo, 2010. After his seminar, you will know about how to serve and store sake, and be able to distinguish the many styles and types of sake.   *Sake being brought are under the respective...

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Know Me Kai Club: Continuing to Welcome Expats to Minnesota

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in イベント, General | 0 comments

Know Me Kai Club: Continuing to Welcome Expats to Minnesota

On Tuesday, February 19th, JASM members and non-members alike are welcome to participate in our second “Know Me Kai Club” event at Sakura Restaurant & Bar at 6:00 p.m. on the 1st floor (wheelchair accessible). As with the previous event in October, “Know Me Kai Club” provides very open networking opportunities for everyone. Know Me Kai Club’s purpose is to continue in welcoming new Japanese expats to Minnesota. Please join us as we continue to make our new friends feel at ease. At this event, everyone can share stories about their experiences in Japan or Minnesota as well as interests in the culture and society both from a personal and...

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