JASM will award the Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship to a student enrolled in a Minnesota high school who wants to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel. The application is now open.
Please click here to read the details.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship's endowment, please click here.
Takuzo Ishida was a researcher, carpenter, chef, and bonsai enthusiast who served as President of JASM and Founder/Principal of the Minneapolis Japanese School. The Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Mr. Ishida’s family and friends to recognize his contributions to the Japanese community in Minnesota and to support his passion for youth education. (To read a special edition of the Tsushin dedicated to Mr. Ishida, please click here. )
The end of the year is just around the corner. It is time for JASM’s annual meeting. The 2023 Annual Meeting will be on December 13th at 6:00 pm at Corporate Benefactor Member, Taiyo International, Inc's new office (Google Maps).
At the meeting, we will be reflecting on the year as a whole and looking forward to next year. We’ll discuss additional ways we can further JASM’s mission and will hold elections for board members.
There will be some special door prizes and light refreshments.
Call to Order
Message from the President - Bob Luck
Treasurer's report - Mio Ishida
Message from the Executive Director - Rio Saito
JASM Strategic Plan & Member Feedback discussion: Survey participants will be notified via email at the beginning of December. Please keep an eye out for the survey in your inbox around this time.
Board Candidate introductions - Joe Montgomery
Closing remarks & networking (fabulous door prizes!!!)
Please use Lilac Drive S to enter the parking garage on the east side. If arriving from Utica Street, take the road in front of the Taiyo office building, which will lead you to Lilac Drive and the parking garage entrance. There is no charge for parking. (Click here for the image)
Japan America Society of Minnesota once again, presents the original concert opera, The Boy Who Drew Cats, by award-winning composer Asako Hirabayashi, collaborating with award-winning visual artist Mayumi Amada, this time online!
The video will be available from December 23th to 31st. Perfect time to watch this wonderful opera with your friends and family!
Based on an ancient Japanese folktale, rewritten by Asako Hirabayashi, the story is about how children’s perceived shortcomings can end up being strengths, leading to success in their lives. Instead of a realistic stage set for the opera, Mayumi creates imaginary, spiritual, and abstract images on the stage to enhance the opera's message. Influenced by the spirit and ideologies of Buddhism, Mayumi draws upon the philosophy of Zen to give direction to the creation of her work.
Saturday. December 23rd to 31st
Tickets $10 (Non member), $5 (Member)
The ticket is not refundable, but is transferable.
The information of the viewing method will be sent to you along with the registration confirmation email
Story, Libretto, & Music by Asako Hirabayashi
Stage Design by Mayumi Amada
Brian Arreola (Leading Tenor)
Kelvin Chan (Leading Baritone)
Timothy P. Faatz (Tenor)
Sullivan Ojala Helmbolt (Baritone)
Justin Staebell (Bass)
Momoko Tanno (Narrator)
Daria Adams (Violin)
Mira Frisch (Cello)
Ivan Konev (Piano)
Max Kuzmyak (Videographer)
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Minneapolis, MN 55426