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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

    • 2022-06-30
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
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    (Picture above) Japan, late 19th-early 20th century, Festival kimono decorated with carp ascending a waterfall made in Akita Prefecture (detail), cloth: cotton; shibori (shape resist), The John R. Van Derlip Fund and the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundtion; purchase from the Thomas Murray Collection, 2019.20.84

    Please join us for Curator Talk “Minneapolis’ New Clothes: Dressed by Nature—Textiles of Japan” on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.

    The Japanese archipelago is home to diverse cultures that made textiles in a kaleidoscope of materials and designs beyond the commonly known silk kimono. Dr. Andreas Marks, Head of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, provides insight into the large special exhibition "Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan" that will be on view at Mia from June 25th until September 11th. For the first time, over 120 textiles from the Thomas Murray collection that the museum acquired in 2019 will be on view.

    This exhibition will focus on the resourcefulness of humans to create textiles from local materials like fish skin, paper, elm bark, nettle, banana leaf fiber, hemp, wisteria, deerskin, cotton, silk, and wool. It will showcase rare and exceptional examples of robes, coats, jackets, vests, banners, rugs, and mats, made between around 1750 and 1930, including the royal dress of subtropical Okinawa, ceremonial robes of the Ainu from northern Japan and the Russian Far East, and folk traditions from throughout Japan.

    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.


    • 2022-08-21
    • 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    With the 2022 Obon Festival coming up on Sunday, August 21 at Como Park, we are looking for volunteers! Please find information below on the various booths you can volunteer at. 

    Please use this google form to sign up.



    • 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 via zoom on Thursday, August 11 before the festival to get necessary information. 

    We're looking forward to working with you!

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.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

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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Contact Us

 jasm@mn-japan.org


P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426


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