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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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    • 2021-05-20
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Cultural Event
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    [Mia Curator Talk for Exhibition Tour in Japan: Masterpieces from the Japanese Painting Collection] 

    After six years of planning, a special exhibition of masterpieces from the Japanese painting collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) opened at the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo on April 14, 2021. Despite rain, around 400 people attended the press preview the previous day.

    Tokyo is the first of the four stops for the tour, organized by the Yomiuri Shimbun, which will bring the exhibition onward to Fukushima, Shiga, and Yamaguchi over the course of one year. The lead curator of the exhibition, Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke curator and head of the Japanese and Korean art department at Mia, will walk us through this exhibition on Thursday, May 20th at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

    Please join us!  

    Please support JASM to continue with our mission and activities.

    Dr. Andreas Marks is the Mary Griggs Burke curator and head of the Japanese and Korean art department 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 next book on Hokusai's renown Fuji series is scheduled to be published by Taschen this summer.   

    • 2021-06-05
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Cultural Event


    #EDAMAMECHAMP is an annual spring campaign to promote healthy eating through Japanese cuisine focusing on soy and to raise funds for teaching healthy eating to more children.

    We are joining our friends at Table for Two and Japan America Society of Boston for #EdamameChamp on Saturday, June 5 at 4 p.m. (CDT). Join us to learn about healthy Japanese cuisine and enjoy some fun challenges using edamame!

    This is a free event. A part of the donation to this event will be donated to Table for Two.

    • Event Part 1: Presentation about Soy!
    • Event Part 2: Edamame Chopstick Competition*
    • Event Part 3: Cooking Class Using Soy (Miso ramen)

    You will receive the ingredient list for Miso ramen

     before the event!

    More participants this event will get more support the Table for Two will receive from their partner organizations!  Please join this event with your friends and families.

    *This is a virtual event to challenge your chopsticks skills. Please prepare two plates, chopsticks, and a couple of edamame pods. If you don't have edamame, you can join with any kind of  beans.

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

Daikin Applied 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.  

Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd     

Taiyo International, Inc.

Corporate Contributors

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.     IACE TRAVEL     

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    Murata Vios Inc.

Corporate Sustaining Members

     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     Voyager  Group Inc.   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.

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P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426

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