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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.

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    • 2020-08-05
    • 10:00 - 11:00 (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 97

    この度、ミネソタ日米協会では、講師に永井 裕子(ながい ひろこ)先生をお招きし、オンラインサマースクールを開催することになりました。



    We are excited to have the Summer School Series for you to experience various school subjects in Japanese with Nagai-Sensei from Memorial High School! The JASM Summer School Series is composed of 5 lectures and will take place once a week for 5 weeks. 

    All lectures are offered only in Japanese. This series is intended for elementary school students. However, if you are a Japanese learner, you are very welcome to observe the class. For more details, please check descriptions below.



    第1回:7月29日(水)低学年対象 理科(終了)


    第2回:8月5日(水)中高学年対象 社会

    第3回:8月12日(水)低学年対象 総合

    第4回:8月19日(水)中高学年対象 テクノロジー

    第5回:8月26日(水)全学年対象 夏休みパーティ!




    永井 裕子(Hiroko Nagai) 先生

    1995年より、ウイスコンシン州オークレア市立メモリアル高校で日本語を教える。毎年6月には高校の生徒たちを連れて20日間の日本旅行。この旅行は19回行っており、ホームステイ、高校訪問、小学校でのボランティアそして各地の観光名所を回るというプログラム。(Japan Trip website <www. nagaisensei.com>参照)また、毎週土曜日のミネアポリス日本語補習授業校では4年生を担任。元気な小学生と多感な高校生を相手に奮闘中。趣味は、マラソン。毎年10月第一日曜日に行われるTwin Cities Marathon (42.195キロ)に12回参加。


    • 2020-08-06
    • 18:00 - 19:00 (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 38

    How do we find meditative moments in our everyday life?

    This question is the main topic of this event session. Meditation is often described in the West as a means to calm our mind or to achieve some internal blissful state.  How do we navigate this chaotic time in our lives and our world without ignoring our interconnectedness to it all? We will explore what meditation and internal reflection can mean from a Jodo Shinshu and general Buddhist perspective through this event.

    Please join us for the event Meditative Moments in Everyday Life on Thursday, August 6th at 6 p.m.!

    Reverend Todd Tsuchiya and Reverend Chiemi Renshin Onimura Bly will come from Twin Cities Buddhist Association Sangha and talk for us about how to find meditative moments in our everyday life.

    Please sign up today!

    Twin Cities Buddhist Association Sangha (TCBA):

    TCBA was founded in 1946 by Japanese American incarceration camp survivors and Military Intelligence Service veterans from Fort Snelling. They are a Jodo Shinshu group based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America. Jodo Shinshu is part of the Pure Land tradition and has its origins in Japan in the 13th century. It developed as a teaching that included all of society, not just the educated elite of the day. It arrived in the US in 1899 along with the Japanese immigrant community. They currently meet every other week via Zoom but in non-pandemic times they meet monthly at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis.  They also hold monthly discussion sessions in Japanese using Zoom. For more information, please check the TCBA website from here.

    While this event is free to join, we would greatly appreciate your donation.

    Reverend Todd Tsuchiya 

    Todd is a Minister’s Assistant at TCBA and ordained in the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji tradition in Kyoto, Japan and part of the Buddhist Churches of America.  He was born and raised in Minnesota and is a retired dentist. You may have seen Todd playing the taiko in past Kogen Taiko performances and the shinobue (transverse bamboo flute) at JASM events.

    Reverend Chiemi Renshin Onikura Bly

    Raised in a Jodo Shinshu temple family in Fukuoka Japan, Chiemi graduated from a Jodo Shinshu high school and college. She moved to the United States in 2000. Chiemi has lived in Minnesota for 20 years. She teaches Japanese Language Arts and Social Studies to high school students at the Minneapolis Japanese School. Chiemi is ordained in the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji tradition in 2016. She is an Assistant Minister of the Buddhist Church of America, and serves at the Twin Cities Buddhist Association.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    • 2020-08-16
    • (CDT)

    Dear JASM friends,

    We regret to inform you of the cancellation of the Obon Festival 2020. It has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 for everyone's safety. 

    We understand that this change may cause great disappointment for you and we are also very sad about this news. We're looking forward to seeing you at the Obon Festival 2021.

    • 2020-08-20
    • 18:00 - 19:00 (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 94

    Picture provided by Kochi Yosakoi Ambassador KIZUNA International Team

    Please join us for the webinar "YOSAKOI Dance Lesson: Bring Summer Festival to Your Home!" on Thursday, August 20th.

    Yosakoi is a unique style of  dance that originated in Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's major islands. We are lucky to be taught in this webinar by the wonderful instructor, Ms.    Maria Traxler, from the Kizuna International Yosakoi Team.

    In the webinar Ms. Traxler will introduce Yosakoi dance and demonstrate it with a song. One of the defining aspects of Yosakoi is the use of "naruko," small wooden clappers (see image  on right) that are held by each dancer.

    This is a family-friendly event. No prior experience is necessary to participate. Please wear clothes that are easy to move in. If you don't have naruko you can use spoons or something similar, or just your empty hands.

    This class will be a fun way to get some exercise and learn about a regional dance of Japan. Please sign up today! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

    We would greatly appreciate your donation.

    Ms. Maria Traxler is a current member of the Kizuna International Yosakoi Team. She danced in the 2019 Kochi Yosakoi Festival as a Kizuna member, as well as in the 2015 Kochi Yosakoi Festival as a member of the Shimanto Town team Shimamuta.

    Photo: Maria Traxler

    • 2020-09-03
    • 18:00 - 19:00 (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 96

    We are delighted to announce a webinar about the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan,  by Dr. Christina Spiker, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College on Thursday, September 3.

    Please mark your calendar and join us to learn about the Ainu.

    “Irankarapte” is an Ainu greeting. While often translated as “hello,” it means “allow me to touch your heart.” The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan with their own language, religion, and cultural identity. Together with Dr. Christina Spiker, explore the development of Ainu culture and history through art, language, and material artifacts. This webinar will examine both historical and contemporary aspects of Ainu culture, including the surprising ways that Ainu and American history intersect in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will also explore the recent 2020 opening of the new national museum dedicated to the Ainu in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, and Ainu representation in popular media.

    While this event is free to join we would greatly appreciate your donation.

    Christina M. Spiker is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College. She received her Ph. D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine with a specialization in modern Japanese art and visual culture. Her dissertation explored turn-of-the-twentieth-century representations of the indigenous Ainu in Japan. Her research continues to investigate how their specific histories intersect with theories of globalization, modernity, and travel from the late nineteenth century until today. She published “‘Civilized’ Men and ‘Superstitious’ Women: Visualizing the Hokkaido Ainu in Isabella Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks, 1880” in Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th-20th Centuries (Brill, 2017) and is the creator of the online project Mapping Isabella Bird: Geolocation and Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (1880). Her latest research includes examining contemporary Ainu visual representation in Japanese anime and manga.

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.


JASM is supported by hundreds of individuals and over 40 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations. Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Corporate Benefactors

Anime Twin Cities, Inc.

Daikin Applied 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

MTS Systems Corporation  

Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd     

Taiyo International, Inc.

Corporate Contributors

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.     IACE TRAVEL     

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI     Vios Medical Inc.

Corporate Sustaining Members

Arctos Law PLLP     Deloitte Tax, LLP 

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.

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     Zen Healing Center     

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     Mu Performing Arts

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.


Japan America Society of Minnesota

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Minneapolis, MN 55414

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