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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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    • 2020-12-11
    • (CST)
    • 2021-04-30
    • (CDT)

    JASM is continuing its fundraising via our web shop. We are offering  Japanese festival masks including a fox, rabbit, or Hello Kitty option. We are offering these beautifully-designed masks, kimonos, flower vases, and other items for pick-up with your donation. Please click here to view the store on our website. We are adding new items weekly, so check the shop often to discover new items.

    Japanese Festival Masks:  For a $12 donation ($10 for members), we are offering these beautiful and uniquely designed festival masks made in various colors and patterns and are made of plastic material. The dimensions of the fox masks are: width: 6.5 inch/ 16.5 cm height: 6 inch/ 15 cm. Please check the item details for more information regarding the dimensions of each item.

    Please stay tuned for other items on the JASM Marketplace page on our website!

    • 2021-02-20
    • 07:30 - 15:40 (CST)
    • Online

    J-Quiz 2021 is right around the corner. On Saturday, February 20th high school students from across Minnesota and Wisconsin will be gathering online, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

    Despite the situation, our goal for J-Quiz hasn’t changed: namely, to increase cultural awareness and understanding and to bring together students who have an interest in Japan. The high school students will compete using their knowledge of Japanese language and culture. More information will be provided later.

    • 2021-02-25
    • 18:00 - 19:30 (CST)
    • Webinar
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    JASM is pleased to announce a virtual whiskey tasting taking place on Thursday, February 25th at 6pm. During the event, Chris Uhde will lead us in examining and tasting 5 types of whiskey. Included with registration will be whiskey samples that can be picked up from South Lyndale Liquors beginning February 11th.

    Please note this event is for guests 21 years of age or older.

    Chris Uhde (@whiskyredhead) is the Vice President for Impex Beverages. He is also the chief blender of Fukano Whisky, co-founder of the Southern California Whiskey Club (scwc.co) and the Scotch Expert for the United Scottish Society of Southern California. He has 12 years in the Spirits industry. In 2016, Chris was named Los Angeles’s first voice of whisky by Los Angeles Magazine. Chris travels throughout the United States preaching the gospel of fine whisky.

    Please sign up today, there are only 25 seats available! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

    $15: Non-Member

    $10: JASM Members

    Fee is not refundable but is transferable. Please become a member to support JASM.

    Featured Whiskey:

    (Please click each whiskey to see more information.)


    The Tottori is the blended line of whiskies from the Kurayoshi distillery in Tottori, Japan. Kurayoshi is known for its fresh spring water which is best-suited for producing whisky to the finest. The name "Kurayoshi" in Japanese was originated from the phrase "Kurashiyoshi", which is translated to "Good Living" in English.

    Ohishi Sherry Cask is distilled in the south of Japan and matured exclusively in rich Sherry Casks. Tasting notes include deep sherry influence, rich plums and raisins with a touch of allspice, oak, and umami.

    Ohishi Brandy Cask is distilled in the south of Japan and matured exclusively in ex-brandy casks. Tasting notes include high tone fruits like apples and pears, followed by honey with a touch of floral notes. It has a silky texture on the palate.

    Kurayoshi 12yr Malt Whisky- The rich aroma of fragrant mixed nuts, including almonds and the heavy malt aroma spread throughout the mouth, giving a sense of the long-term maturation of over12 years. Good vanilla and raisins with faint smokiness is felt. The long-term aging give an outstanding balance of tart and sweet. A soft and smooth finish remains.

    Fukano Vault 2- Tasting notes include apple pie, tobacco, white raisins, white tea, cedarwood, butterscotch and oak. 3,850 bottles produced globally.

    We would like to thank ImpEX Beverages for sponsoring this event as well as South Lyndale Liquors for their help with this event.

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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