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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.

Upcoming events

    • 2022-07-28
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 1991 Upper Buford Cir, Saint Paul, MN 55108
    • 160

     JASM is pleased to announce an in-person event: "Smart Agriculture and its Benefits" by Katsutoshi Mizuta at University of Minnesota Borlaug Hall on Thursday, July  28th at 6:30 pm. (Google maps)

    Smart agriculture has demonstrated its great possibilities to enhance crop productivity, economic returns, and environmental quality. The farmers use various sensors and data to optimize fertilizer application, irrigation, and soil nutrient leaching. This presentation reviews some advanced practices and technologies implemented in the US and world. A drone flight will follow to be demonstrated in a field nearby.

    Katsutoshi Mizuta, originally from Japan received a PhD, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota Precision Agriculture Center. He is leading a multistate precision nitrogen management research project in collaboration with Purdue University. He received his BS in environmental engineering in 2014. He also received both his MS majoring in soil and water sciences (SWS) in 2016 and his PhD majoring in SWS (minoring in food and resource economics). He also has experience in research from a local to regional scale with cutting-edge technologies (machine learning; proximal, airborne, and satellite remote sensing) based on big data of soil, crop, biome, climate, terrain, and geology.

    In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    $10: Non-member

    $5: Member

    The ticket is not refundable, but transferable.

    Thursday, July 28th at 6:30 pm

    • 2022-08-21
    • 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    With the 2022 Obon Festival coming up on Sunday, August 21 at Como Park, we are looking for volunteers! Please find information below on the various booths you can volunteer at. 

    Please use this google form to sign up.

    • Calligraphy - assist calligraphy master and help people do calligraphy (previous experience with calligraphy preferred) 
    • Yo-Yo Tsuri - a game where participants fish for floating balloons. Volunteers will need to organize booth, prepare water balloons, prepare hooks, and help run game. 
    • Balloon Makers - help make balloons for Yo-Yo Tsuri 
    • Kingyo sukui - our version will involve participants fishing for rubber fish with scoopers. Volunteers will need to prepare tubs of water, and help run game. 
    • Japanese Quiz - conduct J-quiz by asking participants questions and encouraging participants
    • Main Booth - sell variety of JASM merchandise and conduct membership outreach 

    Everyone is welcome to volunteer, as long as you are 18 years or older. Both newcomers and experienced Obon volunteers are welcome!

    Please note that all volunteers need to attend a volunteer workshop via zoom on Thursday, August 11 before the festival to get necessary information. 

    We're looking forward to working with you!

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

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    

Corporate Sustaining Members


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.

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

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.

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     

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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