6:30 PM18:30



Since 1968, the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) has operated as the only organization dedicated entirely to fostering relationships between Japanese and American members of the Houston community.

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, JASH will be hosting a gala and silent auction on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at River Oaks Country Club.

At the gala, JASH will present the first J. Thomas Schieffer Leadership Award to former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, The Honorable Kenichiro Sasae, and his wife, Nobuko Sasae.  JASH also will present to distinguished Houston businessman and civic leader, Marc Watts, CEO of The Friedkin Group and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, the first Houston-Japan Friendship Award.

Learn how you can support the JASH 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, and the education, business and cultural initiatives that it makes possible, by clicking on the buttons below.


この度、皆様の長年に亘るご支援とご協力により、当協会は50周年を迎えることが出来ました。この記念すべき年を皆様と一緒にお祝いさせて頂きたく、Galaとサイレントオークションを、11月3日(土)River Oaks Country Clubで開催致します。

今回のGalaでは、第1回J. Thomas Schieffer Leadership Award (トマス・シーファーリーダーシップ賞)が、前駐米日本大使の佐々江賢一郎氏信子夫人に、さらに第1回Houston – Japan Friendship Award (ヒューストン-日本友好賞)が、著名なビジネスマンであり、市民リーダーであるMarc Watts氏(The Friedkin Group CEO、Greater Houston Partnership 会長)に授与されます。



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5:30 PM17:30

Japan US Military Program (JUMP) Reception

  • National World War II Museum, Stage Door Canteen (map)
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JASH is pleased to support the Japan Society of New Orleans as they host a celebration of the Japan US Military Program (JUMP) honoring members of the military who have served in Japan. 

The FREE reception is exclusively for members of the US Army, National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force & Coast Guard, their dependents and DOD civilians who have served in Japan at any time in their career.  Spouses are welcome. 

Featured Speakers

  • Lieutenant General Wallace "Chip" Gregson Jr., US Marine Corps (Ret.)  - LtGen Gregson served as Commander, US Forces Japan from 2001-2003 and is currently Senior Advisor at Avascent Global Advisors, Washington, DC.  
  • Honorary Consul to Japan, Donna Fraiche

Distinguished Guests

  • Lieutenant General Rex McMillian, Commander Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North (Invited) 
  • Major General Glenn Curtis, The Adjutant General for Louisiana (Invited)
  • Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District (Invited)
  • Consul General Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Consul-General of Japan, Nashville, TN (Invited)
  • LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans (Invited) 

The event is made possible by the Foreign Ministry of Japan through the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS).

Dress is business casual or Service equivalent.

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5:00 PM17:00



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with Project Row Houses, presents a lively and thought-provoking selection of short films that includes the Houston premiere of BORN WITH IT.

The award-winning film by JASH Member Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. tells the story of young Keisuke, a half-Japanese, half-black boy intends to prove to his new Japanese classmates that dark skin is not a disease.

Watch the trailer.

  • Director - Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
  • Released -  2015
  • Language  -  English & Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time  -  15 minutes


Born and raised in Houston, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in film studies from Stanford University and his MFA in film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He started his career in Japan, where he developed a passion for telling human-centered stories. His films have won awards at more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes, Palm Springs, and Toronto.


2015 NBCUniversal Short Film Festival - Best Film
2015 NBCUniversal Short Film Festival - Greatest Social Impact Award
2015 Toronto Int'l Film Festival (Kids Section) - Honorable Mention Best Live Action Short
2016 Pan African Film Festival - Best Short Film
2016 CAAM Fest (aka SF Asian American Int'l Film Fest) - Best Student Short Film
2015 Bar Harbor Int'l Film Festival - Best Short Film
2014 Short Shorts Int’l Short Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan) - Ibaraki Short Film Award Finalist
2015 Clermont-Ferrand Int’l Short Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
2016 Japan Cuts Film Festival
2016 Bentonville Film Festival
2015 Seoul Int'l Youth Film Festival (Seoul, Korea)
2015 Nancy-Lorraine Int'l Film Festival (Nancy-Lorraine, France)
2014 Sapporo Int’l Short Film Festival (Sapporo, Japan)
2014 Kyoto Int’l Student Short Film Festival (Kyoto, Japan)
2014 SKIP CITY Int’l D-Cinema Festival (Saitama, Japan)

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10:00 AM10:00

Tanabata Star Festival 2018

Steeped in legend, Tanabata (七夕/ star festival) honors the tale of Orihime and Hikoboshi. 

According to folklore, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. 

With the stars aligning for this reunion, wishes are destined to come true.  Therefore, on this day, Japanese write their own wishes on colorful paper (tanzaku) and hang them from bamboo branches. 

JASH, in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Japan (CGJ) in Houston, will be giving young Houstonians the opportunity to make a wish Tanabata-style at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Activities ranging from traditional dancing, storytelling, and craft making have been planned. 

  • Kamishibai:  Experience Tanabata 七夕 with traditional storytelling in Kids’ Hall.
  • Bon Odori:  Embrace Japanese culture through an ancient traditional dance in Kids’ Hall.
  • Tanzaku:  Make a wish, write it down on a wish card, and hang it on a bamboo tree in Kids’ Hall.
  • Origami:  Master the art of Japanese paper folding by making stars in Kids’ Hall. 

JASH and the CGJ need your help making sure the event goes off without a hitch!  Sign up to volunteer below.  Two (2) volunteers shifts are available.



Volunteer registration has closed.  Please come by the Children's Museum from 10AM-3PM on July 7 to take part in all the fun activities.

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FIREWORKS - Special 3-day Theatrical Event
to Jul 7

FIREWORKS - Special 3-day Theatrical Event

A special 3-day theatrical event comes to Houston on July 3, 5 and 7!

Watch producer Genki Kawamura's FIREWORKS, the follow up to his mega-hit Your Name, on the big screen.

Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

FIREWORKS tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.

  • Director - Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi
  • Producer - Genki Kawamura
  • Based on - Shunji Iwai's Fireworks TV Drama
  • Released -  2017
  • Language  -  English dubbed
  • Running Time  -  90 minutes
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7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Eagle and the Hawk

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Part Three in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's film series highlighting prolific Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue - Japan's Music Man.

In The Eagle and the Hawk, actor Yujiro Ishihara plays Senkichi, a seaman seeking out his father's enemy.  Senkichi's bad attitude immediately gets him into trouble with the crew, but he attracts the attention of the two women on board - a sultry stowaway and the captain's high-spirited daughter.

  • Director  -  Umetsugu Inoue
  • Released -  1957
  • Language  -  Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time  -  115 minutes

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7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Winner

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Part Two in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's film series highlighting prolific Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue - Japan's Music Man.

In The Winner, punk kid Yujiro Ishihara tries boxing, gets the tar punched out of him, then starts training for real.  His manager is a former contender who sees the boy as a way to realize his own lost championship dreams.

  • Director  -  Umetsugu Inoue
  • Released -  1957
  • Language  -  Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time  -  98 minutes

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7:00 PM19:00

JASH Annual Member Meeting

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A special occasion calls for a special venue!

The 2018 JASH ANNUAL MEETING has a new host!  Join us at the home of the HOUSTON ROCKETS as we celebrate 50 years of JASH history in style!

Come for the mixing and mingling. Stay for a special tour of the TOYOTA CENTER! 

Walk beyond the velvet rope and into the premium areas of Toyota Center for a special glimpse of the inner workings of the arena.

Food and drinks will be available for all to enjoy.  FREE for all JASH members.  $25 for non-members.  Registered participants will receiving detailed information regarding parking and point of entry prior to the event.

Don’t miss your chance to see what the pros see!  Register, by Tuesday, June 26, through the form below. 

Annual Meeting Registration Form

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7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Stormy Man

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Prolific Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue (1923-2010) made movies in a variety of genres, but his musicals set him apart. ... As a contract director at Nikkatsu in the '50s, he was expected to be proficient in several genres and to mix them up when necessary.  Unlike  traditional Hollywood musicals, in which song-and-dance numbers occur as fantasy sequences triggered by overflowing emotions, the music in Inoue's films almost always arises logically from the action.  --Tom Vick, Freer|Sackler Curator of Film

JASH is pleased to support The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as they bring Inoue's musicals to Houston in the three part series Umetsugu Inoue - Japan's Music Man.

Part One is a screening of The Stormy Man stars Yujiro Ishihara as a young ruffian aspiring to be a drummer in Tokyo's Ginza jazz world.  One of Japan's biggest hits of the last 1950s, young audiences cheered to Ishihara's lyrics "Ore wa doram, yakuza na dorama" ("I'm a drummer, a no-good drummer!").

  • Director  -  Umetsugu Inoue
  • Released -  1957
  • Language  -  Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time  -  101 minutes

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USJC Japan-Texas Economic Summit

  • Marriott Marquis Houston (map)
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Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) is pleased to support the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) as it hosts the Japan-Texas Economic Summit in Houston on May 7 - 9, 2018. Following the highly successful Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in 2017, the Japan-Texas Economic Summit will bring together business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations from across the Lone Star State and Japan. 

Texas is a leading destination for foreign direct investment from Japan, and we will welcome government and business representatives from the Government of Japan and prefectures throughout the country to explore further opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the state of Texas. The Summit will feature keynote addresses from prominent leaders from both countries, showcase Texas cities and their economic development opportunities, and focus on topics of importance to the Japan-Texas relationship such as industry innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance, national security and more.

JASH members can register with a $50 discount before April 30, 2018.  Click here to learn more.

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7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Akutagawa Prize Winner Masatsugu Ono


JASH is delighted to join Brazos Bookstore in presenting Masatsugu Ono.

Ono is one of Japan’s most lauded contemporary authors. His novel Mizu ni Umoreru Haka (The Water-Covered Grave) won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana Wan Ni Seowareta Fune (Boat on a Choppy Bay) won the Mishima Prize. He also received the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s highest literary honor, in 2015.

The author will discuss his latest novel translated into English - Lion Cross Point (Shishi Watari Hana)- and take questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

About the book Lion Cross Point

How does a shy, traumatized boy overcome the shame, anger, and sadness that silence him? In Lion Cross Point, celebrated Japanese author Masatsugu Ono turns his gentle pen to the mind of ten-year-old Takeru, who arrives at his family’s home village amid a scorching summer, carrying memories of unspeakable acts against his mother and brother. As Takeru befriends Mitsuko, his new caretaker, and Saki, his spunky neighbor, he meets more of his mother’s old friends, discovering her history and inching toward a new idea of family and home. All the while he begins to see a strange figure called Bunji—the same name as a delicate young boy who mysteriously vanished long ago on the village’s breathtaking coastline at Lion Cross Point. At once a subtle portrayal of a child’s sense of memory and community, an empowering exploration of how we find the words to encompass our trauma, and a spooky Japanese ghost story, Lion Cross Point is gripping and poignant, reminiscent of Kenzaburō Ōe’s best work. Acts of heartless brutality mix with surprising moments of pure kindness, creating this utterly truthful, cathartic tale of an unforgettable young boy.

About the Translator

Angus Turvill’s translations include Tales from a Mountain Cave, by the great humorist and anti-militarist Hisashi Inoue, Heaven’s Wind, a bilingual collection of stories by some of Japan’s finest contemporary women writers, and The Art of Discarding by Japan’s original decluttering guru Nagisa Tatsumi. He has won the Grand Prize in the Shizuoka International Translation Competition, and has received John Dryden and Kurodahan translation awards. An instructor of Japanese translation, he lives in Norfolk, U.K.

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10:00 AM10:00

Japan Festival 2018


Mark your calendars!  Houston's much beloved JAPAN FESTIVAL will be returning to Hermann Park April 14-15, 2018!

As we celebrate 25 YEARS, the festival promises family-friendly fun with authentic food, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits and demonstrations.  For details and programming highlights are to come, visit for information. 

第25回ジャパン・フェスティバルは、2018年4月14-15日に Hermann Park で開催されます。



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Japan Festival 2018


Mark your calendars!  Houston's much beloved JAPAN FESTIVAL will be returning to Hermann Park April 14-15, 2018!

As we celebrate 25 YEARS, the festival promises family-friendly fun with authentic food, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits and demonstrations.  For details and programming highlights are to come, visit for information. 

第25回ジャパン・フェスティバルは、2018年4月14-15日に Hermann Park で開催されます。



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8:00 PM20:00

Celebrate Japan! at Miller Outdoor Theatre


25 Years of Japan Festival & 50 Years of Japan-America Friendship in Houston

Join us at Miller Outdoor Theatre to mark these milestones with a special performance of Japanese drum troupe ASKA-GUMI!

ASKA-GUMI’s striking performances have set a new standard for Japanese drumming.  From Cairo Opera House and the Russian Kremlin to their 5-star performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ASKA has amazed audiences around the world.  Visit ASKA-GUMI's Official YouTube Channel to watch videos of their exhilarating performances!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free assigned seat tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1p.m. If tickets remain at 1p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

The celebration is made possible by:

  • Glen and Kathy Gondo
  • Yasuhiko and Akemi Saitoh
  • Shintech-Kanagawa Fund
  • Donna Cole


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9:00 AM09:00

2018 Spring Garden Cleanup

Every spring, we come together to ensure the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park looks its best!

This year's Spring Garden Cleanup is ever more special, as we will be preparing the grounds for Japan Festival's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

From cleaning the teahouse to raking leaves and pine needles -- there is so much to be done and only a short period of time to do it in!  Tools & instructions will be provided by the Houston Parks and Recreations gardening staff.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring your own gloves, individual water bottles, sunscreen, and insect repellent, if needed.

To join the efforts, please complete the form below.

Name *
JASH Membership *
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11:00 AM11:00

2018 Texas State Speech Contest

The 29th installment of the Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on March 10, 2018.

The goal of the Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest is to inspire Japanese language learners of all levels and ages to challenge themselves and improve their Japanese by providing an opportunity to demonstrate oral language communication skills.  The contest also strives to bring together the Japanese and American communities to advocate for and to celebrate Japanese language learning, and to encourage students to further their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.

Scholarships are provided to winners of the High School Aurora and College/University Divisions.  Contestants in the Open Division will compete for a round-trip ticket to Japan courtesy of JASH Sponsor All Nippon Airways.

For more information on the format and content of the 2018 State Speech Contest, please review the contest handbook.

Registration will be open from February 19-29, 2018.


  •  9:00 AM - Judge Orientation
    • POETRY
    • AURORA
    • HAIKU
    • OPEN


  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
  • Japan Business Association of Houston (JABH)
  • Japanese Association of Greater Houston (JAGH)
  • Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT)
  • Shintech-Kanagawa Fund







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1:00 PM13:00

Memorial of Tokiko Matsumoto


On January 21, 2018, longtime JASH friend and valued supporter, Mrs. Tokiko Matsumoto, passed from complications of pneumonia.

Mrs. Matsumoto is survived by Dr. Toshimatsu Matsumoto, her husband of 66 years, son Dr. Yutaka Matsumoto, daughter Eriko Matsumoto, and granddaughters Hana Kiyoko Bosenbaum, Blanca Akane Matsumoto, Eliana Yoko Rosenbaum and Claudia Yayoi Matsumoto. 

A celebration of Mrs. Matsumoto's life will be held at The Forum at Memorial Woods on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tokiko Matsumoto's name to any organization of one's choosing.

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12:00 PM12:00

2018 Houston Regional Speech Contest

  • University of St. Thomas - ANDERSON HALL (map)
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The Houston Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on February 10, 2018.

Japanese language learners of all levels and ages in the Greater Houston area will demonstrate their oral Japanese communication skills for a chance to compete at the 28th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest. 

The contest strives to bring together the Japanese and American communities to advocate for and to celebrate Japanese language learning, and to encourage students to further their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.

For more information on contest divisions, format, eligibility and rules, please review the contest handbook.

Click here to register online.  Registration will remain open through February 4, 2018.





Consulate General of Japan in Houston

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11:30 AM11:30

Japan Update Houston Conference 2018


JASH is pleased to present the Third Annual Japan Update Houston Conference, on Friday, January 26, 2018.

This conference, made possible with support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS), will provide the Houston-Harris County community with the opportunity to explore the significance of Japanese investment in Texas.

Over the last several years, Houston, Harris County and Texas have welcomed a large number of new Japanese companies and residents.  During this period, Japanese manufacturing confidence has been on the rise and Texas has witnessed substantial new Japanese investment in areas such as HVAC systems, electrical equipment, automobiles and the high-speed rail. 

One overlooked contributor to this growth has been financing provided by Japanese banks, particularly the Japan Bank of International Cooperation.

Join distinguished guests and industry leaders for an in-depth look at Japan's investment Texas.


  • Dr. Carlos Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central Partners
  • Mr. Norman Bafunno, Chief Competitiveness Officer, Toyota Motor North America
  • Mr. Takeshi Ebisu, President and CEO, Goodman Global Group, Inc.
  • Dr. Shinya Miyake, Regional Head for the Americas, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) 

Click here to view speaker bios.


$45 Individual Member Ticket*
$55 Individual General Public Ticket*

*includes lunch


$425 Member Table*
$525 General Public Table*

*includes lunch for 10


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6:30 PM18:30

JASH Annual Member Meeting to Kick-off 2018

Owing to the holidays and the availability of our board members, we will be moving our Annual Member Meeting to January 2018.  We look forward to kicking off the new year with you.

Join fellow members and the JASH board as we welcome 2018 and look to the year ahead.

This event will convene leaders from the Japanese community and set the stage for JASH's 50th year.

Light bites and beverages will be available for all to enjoy.

FREE for all JASH members. Complete the form below to register.

Name *
JASH Membership *
If more than one, please provide additional names under "Memo."
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8:30 AM08:30

Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

  • Japanese Garden in HERMANN PARK (map)
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Join the annual Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup and help us tidy the teahouse and groom the garden grounds!

There is much to be done and only a short period of time to do it in!  Tools and instructions will be provided by the Parks gardening staff.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring your own individual water bottles, sunscreen, and insect repellent if needed.

To join in efforts, please complete the form below. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Name *


毎年恒例になりました、秋の日本庭園清掃が、12月2日(土)午前9時より Hermann Park内日本庭園で行われます。当日は、清掃に必要な道具は公園側で用意されております。公園スタッフの指導のもと、楽しく作業をする予定です。屋外での作業となりますので、各自お飲み物、日焼け止め、虫除け等をご準備されることをお勧めします。ご家族、お友達をお誘いの上、是非ご参加ください!

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Film Screening: Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and The Fight for Justice

  • University of St. Thomas - Cullen Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On the 75th anniversary of his challenge of military orders that led to the forced removal of from the West Coast of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, the University of St. Thomas will screen a documentary on Minoru "Min" Yasui.

SUMMARY: Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice relates the life history of an American hero. Minoru (Min) Yasui was born and raised in the small farming town of Hood River, Oregon in 1916, by Japanese immigrant parents, Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasui. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon and during World War II, he initiated a legal test case by deliberately violating military orders that lead to the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. War Relocation Authority concentration camps. He spent 9 months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him. After the war, he moved to Denver and continued to defend the human and civil rights not only of Japanese Americans but for Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, religious minorities, children and youth, the aged, low income people, etc. As Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, he helped to initiate and oversaw a plethora of programs and organizations serving diverse communities. In the 1970s and 80s, he spearheaded the redress movement to win reparations and a formal apology from the government for the injustices against Japanese Americans during World War II. He also reopened his wartime case, and it was in appeal when died in 1986. He is buried in his hometown of Hood River, Oregon.

Learn more about the film here ==>

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6:00 PM18:00

2017 Sister Cities of Houston Annual Fall Concert


The annual Sister Cities of Houston, Inc. international variety show features local & international performers from Houston and its 18 Sister Cities.


  • Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
  • HSPVA Chamber Singers (Julia Hall, Director)
  • Nao Kusuzaki (Ballerina from Japan) Accompanied by Adrian Ciobanu
  • Newman Liu, Master Chinese viola player, formally with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Lawrence L. Xie
  • Wawel Polish Folk Dancers

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Ryu Goto - Gallery Concert

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Beck Building (map)
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Join the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) for a concert in the Museum’s European art galleries featuring celebrated Japanese violinist Ryu Goto.

Goto, who is in Houston for the 50th Anniversary of the Japan Business Association of Houston, presents this musical afternoon at the MFAH as a gift to Houston to show JAPAN STANDS WITH HOUSTON and to convey his wishes for Houston's speedy recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The concert is free with Museum admission!  Drop in to participate.  Seating on campstools is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional details, please click here.

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Washoku for Harvey Relief


JASH is pleased to be partnering with Kata Robata to raise funds for our JAPAN STANDS WITH HOUSTON Harvey relief campaign.

When you order Chef Horiuchi's special washoku dinner bento during the month of November, which is notably Washoku Month, 10% of the sales will go towards Harvey relief efforts.

 The $58 washoku bento will include the following:

  • Sashimi
  • Tempura
  • Miso Gindara | Miso-Marinated Black Cod
  • Chikuzenni | Braised Chicken and Vegetables
  • Grilled Kobe Beef
  • Miso Dengaku | Broiled Egglant with Miso Glaze
  • Spinach Gomaae | Spinach with Sesame Dressing
  • Tamagoyaki | Rolled Omelette
  • Tsukemono | Pickled Vegetables
  • Miso Soup
  • Steamed Rice

Enjoy washoku and help Houston recover one bento at a time!

What is Washoku?

Washoku, literally translated, is the food of Japan. 

Passed on from generation to generation, it encompasses a variety of know-how and techniques that are used to prepare and present different dishes. For each dish, which includes ingredients such as rice, noodles, fish and edible herbs, there is both harmony and balance of flavor.  Special attention is given to the bounty of the season to take full advantage of the essential taste of each ingredient.

In 2013, washoku became inscribed in UNESCO's representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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6:00 PM18:00


JASH Gala 2017 will not be held as scheduled on October 14.  The Omni Hotel remains flooded and will not be operational by the event date.

If it can be rescheduled we will advise. 

Join us in celebrating the spirit of "ki" – the driving force of the U.S.-Japan friendship – at "JASH GALA 2017."

Click here for details.

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Buffalo Bayou Park KBR Kids Day

JASH is proud to be a non-profit partner of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s (BBP) signature KBR Kids Day event.

Join us on October 7 for FREE family fun at Guadalupe Plaza Park.

Activity stations will include numerous hands-on activities, local entertainment and performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, Sports Zone and so much more! Costumes welcomed!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

This year's event is being held as BBP oversees bayou revitalization efforts, and we are pleased to be able to support recovery initiatives for the bayou and East End elementary schools that have been impacted by the floods.

We encourage you to bring school supplies:

• Material sturdy backpacks (not clear plastic or mesh)
• Pencils
• Crayons
• Glue
• Pencil pouches
• Water colors
• Paint brushes
• Clorox wips
• Kleenex tissue

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