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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 postponed scheduled events. Staff members are working remotely and will continue to be available as much as possible via e-mail.

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    • 2020-06-11
    • 18:00 (CDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    Join us for 2 sessions of hula dance web classes! We are lucky to be instructed by the wonderful Kumu (teacher) Kanani Atsuko Johnson.

    Each session will begin with a brief lecture about Hula followed by the dance instruction. The two sessions will feature the same opening lecture, but  two different dances. Please join us in both sessions to learn 2 dances. The songs that you will learn to dance to will be Tsuki no Yo wa (May 28th) and Pearly Shells. (June 11th)

    These classes will be a fun way to get good exercise and learn about hula. There is no experience necessary to participate in this class, but if you own any hula dancing clothes (pareo/sarong), please wear it!

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    This event is free to join, but we greatly appreciate your donation.

    To register for these sessions, please click the following links:

    May 28th - Tsuki no Yo wa (Moon Night)

    June 11th - Pearly Shells

    Instructor BIo

    Kumu Kanani Johnson started studying hula (Hawaiian dance) in 2007 in Japan. She continued to study in New York and San Diego under Kumu Kāʻeo. She has competed in several hula competitions since 2010 and has won numerous awards. She completed her formal training and ʻūniki (graduation) ceremony in Kauaʻi in January 2020. She has been teaching in Roseville, Minnesota since 2018.

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

Riverplace EH-131, 43 Main Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact Us

T 612.627.9357

F 612.379.2393

E jasm@us-japan.org

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