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- Greater Detroit and Windsor Japan-America Society -
  Keynote Dinner Address on Japanese OEMS and R&D Support in Canada and 1-day Wine Tour
Saturday September 27

Windsor Club Dinner and Japanese-Canadian Auto Industry Briefing Keynote: Professors Dr. Peter Frise, CEO of Auto 21 and Professor at University of Windsor, Engineering Dept. and Dr. Anthony Faria, Director Office of Automotive Research, Professor of Marketing and Chairman Department of Marketing and Management Science.... more

- Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania -
  Sushi and Sake Hike
Saturday, September 20, 2008

Come join us in a collaborative and congenial partnership between the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and Venture Outdoors. We will start with an easy stroll through historic Frick Park, and then repair to the home of JASP's Executive Director Wendy Bennett to enjoy a tasting of fresh, scrumptious sushi and delicious sake into the evening... more

- The Japan-America Society of Georgia -
  Young Profesionals White Water Rafting Trip
Saturday, September 20, 2008

The JASG's Young Professionals will be hosting a White Water Rafting Trip at the Ocoee Adventure Center on the Ocoee River in Tennessee on Saturday, September 20th, 2008. This trip is guaranteed to be a lot fun as we will be rafting down the same river used during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics... more

- Japan-America Society of the State of Washington -
  Japan Young Professionals Group - Sake 101 Event
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The new Japan Young Professionals Group (JYPG) is excited to announce our Sake 101 Event (note the event is a condensed version of Sake Nomi's regular Sake 101 class). Please join us for an exciting night of delicious appetizers, interesting people, and an exploration into various types of quality sake... more

- Japan-America Society of St. Louis -
  2008 Japanese Festival
Saturday August 30 - Monday, September 1, 2008

Join us at Missouri Botanical Garden for the 2008 Japanese Festival! Visit the popular JAS Sake and Beer Booth and the JAS Young Men Committee's Yakisoba and Okonomiyaki Booth.... more

- Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania -
  Meet Jero!
Wednesday August 27, 2008 at 8:30pm

Pittsburgh's own enka phenom Jerome White - a.k.a. "Jero" - will perform at the William Pitt Union on University of Pittsburgh campus. We are assembling a picture album to present to him, so if you have any photos we can copy, please contact us... more

- Japan-America Society of Kentucky -
  JAPAN! Summer Family Festival
Saturday, August 23, 2008 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm

JASK has supported cultural exchange between Japanese and Americans in Kentucky since Toyota's arrival in 1987. This summer we introduce a new event: a large-scale outdoor summer event for Kentuckians and their families. Come explore Japan by enjoying Japanese cuisine and culture... more

- Japan America Society of Hawaii -
  English Rakugo Tour 2008 with Katsura Kaishi
Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 2:00pm

Please join us for a unique opportunity to enjoy English rakugo by Katsura Kaishi, famed rakugo storyteller, at UH Manoa's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Rakugo is the 400 year-old Japanese art of comedic storytelling. In rakugo, the storyteller sits on a small cushion fronting the audience... more

- The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana -
  Oh Boy Origami!
Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 10:00am

Make an amazing sea mobile with 3 sea creatures- a lobster, a fish and a whale! Imagine feeling like you have turned your room into an aquarium with these mobile sea creatures...more

- The Japan America Society of Minnesota -
  Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival
Thursday, August 7, 2008 from 3:00pm until dusk

The largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, the Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival. At dusk there will be the yearly lighting of the lanterns in the pond adjacent to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory on the greens of Como Park... more

- The Japan America Society of Chicago -
  A-Squared Theatre Workshop Production: The Wind Cries Mary
Thursday, August 7, 2008 8:00pm

Loosely based on Hedda Gabler, this play by Philip Kan Gotanda is set on a college campus in the late '60s. Amidst the turbulent anti-war demonstrations and beginnings of Asian-American identity politics, we follow an extraordinary young woman, Eiko Hanabi, through the course of several days' events which in the end will alter her life forever...more

- Japan-America Society of San Antonio -
  Shochu Tasting
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 7:00pm

The Japanese have been enjoying shochu for centuries; it has outsold sake since 2004. But the distilled liquor is only just now making it to the United States and finding a niche in the trendy bars on the West and East coasts. And now, the relatively obscure, but amazingly versatile liquor is coming to San Antonio... more

- Japan-America Society of Indiana -
  Ocean World's Bon-Odori Festival
Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 6:30pm

We invite you, your family and friends to join us for this special event! Food and beverages will go on sale outside on booth tables at 6:00pm. The Japanese traditional summer dance (Bon-Odori) will begin at 6:30pm... more

- Japan-America Society of Southern California-
  Orange County Reception
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 5:30pm

Join us for Consul General Junichi Ihara and Madame Makiko Ihara's first official visit to Orange County... more

- Japan America Society of Chicago -
  CHICAGO HANJOTEI: Sit-down Comedy event from Osaka!
Friday, June 20,2008 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Japanese comedic artists, Hanjotei group performs English Rakugo for the first time in the Chicago area! Enjoy the acts that have kept the Japanese laughing for 400 years: Rakugo "sit-down comedy" with Katsura Kaishi, Katsura Asakichi, Greg Robic, plus Utsumi Eika performing the Shamisen-mandan musical story-telling!... more

- Japan-America Society of Tennessee -
  Protecting Your Business from Natural Hazard Risks - Seminars
Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17, 2008

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville and the Memphis Regional Chamber, JAST presents two half-day seminars on this timely topic in Nashville and Memphis for Japanese executives and managers. The seminars will be conducted almost exclusively in Japanese.... more

- Japan America Society of Kentucky -
  Japanese Koto Concert by Tomoko Yonenaga
Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Japan's national instrument, the koto, is rich in creative sound and rhythmic, lilting melodies. Tomoko seems to bring the soul of Japan from this unique instrument when she performs. She began studying the koto at five years old and was conferred full mastership at sixteen years old. She has studied with some of the koto's great artists, including Yoriko Saito of the Ikuta group and contemporary koto artist Masayo Ishigure in New York.... more

- Japan America Society of Minnesota -
  The Yoshida Brothers Concert
Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 8:00 pm

The Yoshida Brothers are young shamisen virtuosos Ryoichiro & Kenichi Yoshida. They have effected nothing short of a cultural revolution with a muscular reinvention of the ancient three-stringed instrument, giving it the fiery passion of a rock-n-roll guitar. By coaxing startlingly vivid sounds out of their timeless instruments, they have reinvigorated Tsugaru-shamisen for a new generation, incorporating elements of jazz, American folk, Latin music, blues and more into their unique muscial tapestry... more

- Japan Society of Northern California -
  English Rakugo with Mr. Kaishi Katsura
Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Traditional Rakugo comedian and current cultural ambassador for Japan, Kaishi Katsura performs an entire cast of traditional Japanese characters from the comfort of his cushion. He will perform some traditional pieces as well as his own original stories. Enjoy this unique art with Katsura Kaishi, one of the world's top performers of English Rakugo... more

- Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana -
  A Musical Exchange
Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy bands in a joint concert. This community concert is open to the public and will also feature traditional Japanese drumming (taiko)... more

- The Japan America Society of Minnesota -
  Bloomington Sister City Kite Day 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Bloomington-Izumi Sister City Organization will hold their annual Kite Day with performances by Larry Yazzie, Native Pride Dancer; Sansei Yonsei Kai Dance Troupe; St. Olaf Taiko Drum Group; and a Kite Flying Exhibition by the MN Kite Society. There will be prizes for Best Home-made Kite, Most Authentic Kite (Japanese), and Best Aeronautical Kite... more

- Japan Society, New York -
  Anne Allison: Millennial Monsters--Japanese Toys & the Global Imagination
Monday, May 5, 2008 at 6:30 pm

From sushi and karaoke to martial arts and technoware, the currency of made-in-Japan cultural goods has skyrocketed in the global marketplace during the past decade. The globalization of Japanese "cool" is led by youth products: video games, manga (comic books), anime (animation) and cute characters that have fostered kid crazes from Hong Kong to Canada. Anne Allison speaks about the relationship of these products to the cultural and historical context in which they were both developed and consumed... more

- The Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado -
  2008 Children's Day Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

One of Japan's most important National Holidays is Children's Day celebrated each year on May 5. At JASSC's Children's Day Festival, children will be able to try their skills trying several traditional Japanese activities, such as origami, calligraphy, koto musical instrument playing, and carp making, as well as enjoy performances that includes Ninja demonstrations, and Bon Festival dancing... more

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  c(H)ord by inkBoat
From Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, 2008; nightly at 8:00 pm

Local choreographer Shinichi Iova-Koga, who founded the internationally collaborative troupe inkBoat, has earned a devoted following for his hybrid performance style, Japanese Butoh and physical theater. His environments are fractured and filmic, delicate and decayed, lighthearted and rough, expressing poignantly the extremes of human emotion and desire... more

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  KOKEI ERI - A MARRIAGE IN ART: The Work of Kokei & Sayoko Eri
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Originating in India, Buddhist sculptured imagery flourished for centuries in China and arrived in Japan in the 7th century with the importation of Buddhism and Chinese culture and technology by the Japanese imperial court. With Kokei Eri and his Heian Bussho studio in Kyoto, the magnificent tradition of classical Buddhist sculpture continues to flourish in present-day Japan... more

- Japan-America Society of Washington DC -
  Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival has grown to become the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival and has something for everyone. There are over 20 vendors of Japanese food, two beer gardens, 30 exhibitors of Japanese arts and culture, 15 vendors of Japanese products, and over 30 hours of live performances on three stages, including traditional and popular Japanese music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations... more

- Japan America Society of Chicago -
  KOH-DO The world of Japanese Incense Ceremony
Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

The modern-day trend of seeking relief from stress through aroma therapy is starting to attract renewed attention to the traditional Japanese art of "Kohdo" - Incense Ceremony. During Japan's Muromachi Period (1333-1576), Incense Ceremony became formalized as one of the arts, and to this day, it has been handed down from one generation to another as one of the three leading traditional Japanese arts, along with Tea Ceremony and Flower Arrangement... more

- Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia -
  Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Saturday, April 5 to Saturday, April 19, 2008

For two exciting weeks, all of Philadelphia is in full bloom for Sakura Matsuri - the Cherry Blossom Festival. It is an initiative to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States. The Festival also seeks to beautify the Philadelphia landscape by annually planting and maintaining 100 cherry trees in Fairmount Park... more

- The Japan-America Society of Georgia -
  The Tale of Genji Millennium Lecture: Color, Design, and Ritual in the Heian Court (794-1185) of Japan
Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The speaker will be Sachio Yoshioka, a fifth-generation dyer from Kyoto, Japan, whose specialty is ancient ritual textiles. Yoshioka will explain the process of extracting dyes from plants and insects, the sources of natural dye of the Heian period and of his own fabrics. Special attention will be devoted to the juni-hitoe, the layered ceremonial robes worn by court ladies and poetically detailed in The Tale of Genji... more

- The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington -
  Roland Kelts: "Japanamerica" ~ How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. ~
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Join Roland Kelts, author and professor at The University of Tokyo, to discuss the dynamic world of Japanese manga and anime. In his book, Japanamerica, Kelts explores how this uniquely Japanese brand of entertainment has seeped into the US and gained an expanding legion of devoted fans... more

- The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio -
  Purloined Letters: Cultural Borrowing and the Translated Detective Novel in Meiji Japan
Friday, March 28, 2008 at 1:30 - 3:30 pm

The story of Japan's importation of the detective story in the late nineteenth century offers an unusually clear case study in the dynamics of literary and cultural borrowing. The surprising quirks in the output of Kuroiwa Ruik˘, the most prolific Meiji-period adapter and translator of the Western detective story into Japanese, suggest that we need to broaden the conventional view of Japanese literary "imitation" in this period... more

- The Japan-America Society of Indiana -
  Hello Kitty - The Global Brand with Nine Lives
Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm

The New York Times business reporter Ken Belson will talk about Japan's most famous cartoon cat, how she and other Sanrio characters have become a global cultural phenomenon, and the inner working of the company that created her, Sanrio. There will also be a book signing after the lecture... more

- The Japan America Society of Minnesota -
  Faces of a Fig Tree (Ichijiku No Kao)
Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Inspired by the serialized novel of the same title, actress Kaori Momoi developed an innovative screenplay for her first film. The narrative centers on the Kadowaki family, whose members lead normal lives until confronted by dramatic circumstances. Momoi presents her mysterious story with vibrant colors, crazy camera angles, and quirky characters that burst off the screen... more

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
Friday, March 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Manyo-Zome is a style of an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that utilizes plants and other natural sources to create dyes. Master Kita uses particular varieties of rice to recreate the colors found in the Nara period (AD 710-794). Master Kita, who hails from three generations of master dyers, will demonstrate this dyeing technique and share his knowledge of Manyo-Zome... more

- Japan-America Society of Chicago -
  The U.S.-Japan Economic Security Alliance During and After the Bush Administration
Monday, March 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm

After more than half a century since its inception, the Japan-U.S. alliance has demonstrated one of the most successful alliances in the world, and our bilateral economic ties have been deepening year after year. Japan and the U.S. form vital pillars of maintaining peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, and our alliance shall continue to play a vital role in this increasingly important region and beyond. Featuring Mr. Noriyuki Shikata of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan ... more

- Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati -
  Violinist Sayaka Shoji with Paavo Jarvi
Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm

From its lyrical opening melody to its bravura finale, the Tchaikovsky Concerto comes to life under the bow of Sayaka Shoji, a remarkable young violinist whose technical wizardry and compelling artistry have earned accolades worldwide. There will also be a reception after the concert... more

- The Japan Society, New York -
  Doll Festival (Girls' Day): Hinamatsuri
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
The Doll Festival in Japan (Girls' Day) is a time to wish for the health and future happiness of young girls. Learn the basics of koto performance, participate in dance and songs, and enjoy festival-related snacks and drinks. Ceremonial dolls (hina-ningyo) will be displayed, and families will create their own hina dolls to take home... more

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  Environmentally Friendly Car Technology in Japan
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Join for a presentation by Professor Yasuhiro Daisho of Waseda University for a talk on the Environmentally Friendly Car Technology in Japan. In his talk, Professor Daisho will describe environmental and energy-related motor vehicle technologies that are being investigated in Japan, the USA and the EU... more

- The Japan-America Society of Southern California -
  Screening of "HANNARI - Geisha Modern"
Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Join JAS of Southern California for a special free screening of "HANNARI - Geisha Modern," a documentary film, narrated in English by Maxwell Caulfield, with interviews in Japanese with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's producer/director, Miyuki Sohara, who has trained alongside the geisha in Kyoto, working for several years to cultivate relationships within the geisha community... more

- Japan-America Society of Indiana -
  Roll Your Own! - Sushi for Beginners
Sunday, February 17th or Saturday, March 1st, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The chefs at Ocean World Restaurant will offer an introductory sushi-making class on two different dates. Join with fellow members in learning the basics of sushi from the masters! In order to provide each student with hands-on instruction, class size will be limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come; first-served basis with priority for JASI members... more

- Japan Society, New York -
  Globus Film Series - Dawn of Japanese Animation
Wednesday, February 13 - Saturday, February 16, 2008
The history of Japanese animated films goes back nearly 100 years when it was simply called manga eiga (manga films). Drawing upon myriad influences, Japanese animated films of the 1920s-40s created a fantastical world where characters resembling icons such as Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop play chambara (sword fight) in samurai outfits. Silent films presented with live narration with Japan's premiere benshi, Midori Sawato... more

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  The Art of Two Empires - Exhibit and Auction
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm

The Japan Society and USF Center for the Pacific Rim invite you to an exclusive inaugural exhibit and art auction, The Art of Two Empires: Japanese Woodblock Prints and Moghul Miniature Paintings. Join us for the debut of this collection with a special walk-through of the Exhibit with Curator, Suleyman Cooke... more

- The Japan-America Society of Georgia -
  Fugaku Taiko: Traditional Japanese Drum
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm

The first group from the Nippon Taiko Foundation to visit the Southeastern United States, Fugaku Taiko was founded in 1977 and presents more than 100 performances a year in Japan and around the world. They were also the first taiko group to discover the benefits of taiko therapy for individuals with special needs... more

- The Japan-America Society of Oregon -
  Mochitsuki 2008 - with Aloha!
Sunday, January 27, 2008

Come enjoy cultural performances by groups and individuals such as Portland Taiko, Tachibana Dancers, and Alton Chung. From noon to 4:00pm, there will also be a cultural fair, where participants will be able to experience hands-on activities such as Mochi pounding, Ikebana, Ice carving, Calligraphy, and much more!... more

- The Japan-America Society of West Michigan -
  2008 Japan Foundation Midwest Film Festival
From Tuesday, January 22, to Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Japan Foundation Midwest Film Festival and the Michitoshi Soga Japan Center will show five modern Japanese films on 35mm film on Western's campus focusing on the "Changing Scenery of Japan." The films depict these changes and focus particularly on the powerful, uninhibited, and dynamic youth who play a major role in changing the scenery of today's Japan. Featured films include: Pacchigi, Water Boys, and Linda Linda Linda... more

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  OSHOGATSU: New Year's Celebration & Dinner
Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 11:00am

Come join the members of the Japan Society of Boston and the Boston Children's Museum and their guests as we celebrate the New Year in Japanese fashion. Enjoy fun-filled activities and games offered throughout the day as well as a mochi-pounding ceremony... more

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