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Japan Society of Northern California
  Big in Japan: George Arriola of Minimalisms on the intersection between IoT and Japanese artisanship
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

George Arriola has interwoven his long interest in Japanese culture and design into the various stages of his career. In this presentation, he'll share with us how his interest in Japan has played a role in his development both as a product designer and as a businessperson. George will also share with us his enthusiasm for Japan's shokunin (artisan) and monozukuri (maker) culture, and how he has worked in combining traditional Japanese materials, techniques and aesthetics with modern technology. He'll describe a new path forward for Japan's craftspeople, and a route for Silicon Valley's IoT pioneers to learn from and collaborate with Japan...more

Japan Society, Inc.
  Womenomics-in-Action: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Japanese and American Corporations
Thursday, December 3, 2015

In light of an unprecedented global movement to increase the number of women at the board/managerial level, the importance of diversity has moved Japan and other nations to implement similar women's empowerment programs. In the case of Japan, the Abe administration made one of its primary goals to increase the proportion of women at the board/managerial level up to 30% by 2020. With the movement for women's equality in the workplace in full swing, we bring together a panel of Japanese and American experts to examine the successes and challenges of corporate initiatives with the intent of fostering women's empowerment and engagement in the U.S. and Japan...more

Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
  Clean Energy Pathways for Japan and the US: Japan Update Series
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The mix of power sources in Japan changed rapidly after the Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011. The critical events at Fukushima led to a stand-down of Japanese nuclear power generation, which accounted for 30% of Japan's power generation at that time. Since then, Japan has filled the gap with other power sources, increasing its use of fossil fuels...more

The Japan Society of Boston, Inc.
  Nobuyuki Tsujii Concert in Boston with Longwood Symphony
Sunday, October 25, 2015

The phenomenal Japanese pianist, who is a grand prize winner at 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and blind from birth, has touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide with his prodigious talent, humanitarian spirit, and compelling life-story...more

Japan Society, Inc.
  For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979
October 9, 2015 - January 10, 2016

In the wake of the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, Japanese artists and photographers began crafting a new visual language for an age of uncertainty. Their embrace of camera-based experiments would alter the cultural landscape and lay the foundations for contemporary art in Japan...more

Japan/America Society of Kentucky
  2015 Fall Day at Keeneland
Friday, October 9, 2015

Come and enjoy thoroughbred racing and lunch and be one of the first to enjoy Keeneland's new Luxury Chalet, built for one year only for the 2015 Breeders' Cup on the Clubhouse Lawn...more

Japan America Society of Minnesota
  Japan Still Matters: NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Enhance your understanding of the Japanese market with the Business Speaker Series, a business forum featuring two speakers: one from Toray Industries (America) Inc. and the other from the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). Increasingly, there is interest in China and Southeast Asia as desirable markets for Minnesota goods and services. Japan for many years was the 3rd largest trading partner of Minnesota. Within the last 5 years, Japan has been overtaken by China and most recently by Mexico and is now the 4th largest trading partner for Minnesota...more

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2015

First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington DC, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, the Sakura Matsuri is held each spring as the climax of the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn over 40,000 visitors in 7 hours. The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival...more

Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc.
  Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2015

We are excited to announce that the 7th Annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Nashville's Public Square from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.. The Festival is a family-friendly celebration of Japanese culture, featuring Japanese music and dance, children's activities, art and crafts, authentic Japanese and Japanese-influenced food and more. Organized and sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and the Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Festival proceeds benefit the mission to plant 1,000 cherry trees - 100 each spring for 10 years - to help beautify Nashville's landscape...more

Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
April 6-12, 2015

For centuries, Japan has celebrated the return of spring with ohanami - parties beneath the blossoming cherry trees with food, drink, and entertainment. Now you can experience this delightful tradition without days of arduous travel. A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration not only of these beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese music, art, food, and culture...more

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
  Award Dinner and Silent Auction 2015
March 1, 2015

Please join us with our Honorary Director, Nozomu Takaoka, Consul-General of Japan in Houston, and our special sponsor of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, as we pay tribute to our first distinguished recipient. Dr. WilliamTsutsui, who will receive the Bridges to Friendship Award and will be our keynote speaker. Mr. Keiji Asakura, landscape architect, planner, and urban designer will be our opening speaker. Ms. Sumie Kaneko will perform Japanese traditional shamisen and vocal music...more

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