Jan
26
11:30 AM11:30

Japan Update Houston Conference 2018

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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.


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

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

Click here to view speaker bios.


TICKETS

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

*includes lunch


PRESENTING PARTNERS

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Dec
11
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 *
Name
JASH Membership *
If more than one, please provide additional names under "Memo."
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Dec
5
3:00 PM15:00

JETRO Webinar: How to Successfully Enter Japan’s IOT Sector

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Join Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) for a free webinar to hear technology experts discuss how foreign businesses can successfully foster business relationships with Japan's IoT community as well as establish a business presence in Japan's IoT market. 

This event will feature Japan technology expert Eisuke Tsuyuzaki and special guest Larry Furman. Mr. Tsuyuzaki will provide an overview of current market trends and IoT sectors with the greatest potential for U.S. companies. Mr. Furman will explain how Plastronics, Inc., one of the world's largest global providers for semiconductor reliability testing, successfully entered and grew in Japan's market over the last 10 years.

Click here to learn more about the speakers and to register.

 

 

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Dec
2
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

  • Japanese Garden in HERMANN PARK (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

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 *
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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Dec
1
to Dec 2

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

  • University of St. Thomas - Cullen Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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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 ==> http://www.minoruyasuifilm.org/

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

2017 Sister Cities of Houston Annual Fall Concert

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

2018 PERFORMERS

  • 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

Click here for more information.

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Nov
12
2:30 PM14:30

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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Nov
1
to Nov 30

Washoku for Harvey Relief

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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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Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

[CANCELLED] JASH Gala 2017


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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Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

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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Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

The U.S.-Japan Partnership on Energy, Business, and the Challenges of China and North Korea

JASH is pleased to support Sasakawa USA’s inaugural event in The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series, which focuses on engaging regional leaders across America with the U.S.-Japan alliance. 

The event, co-hosted by the Sasakawa USA, World Affairs Council of Houston, and the East-West Center in Washington, will feature a panel discussion on “The U.S.-Japan Partnership on Energy, Business, and the Challenges of China and North Korea.”

Expert analyses and data will provide a comprehensive view of how strong U.S.-Japan relations serve U.S. interests and values, and how various sectors contribute to strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship.  In particular, the event will explore key areas such as energy where U.S.-Japan ties make significant contributions to national security as well as state and local communities.

Click here for a full agenda and information about the speakers.


REGISTER

To register, please click through to the WACH website here.


AGENDA

6:30-7:00pm | Registration
7:00-7:05pm | Welcome Remarks
7:05-8:00pm | Panel Presentations: Security Environment in the Asia-Pacific & the Role of the U.S.-Japan Alliance; Japan Matters for America and Texas; and, Case study: U.S.-Japan Energy Cooperation in Houston and Texas
8:00-8:15pm | Discussion and Audience Q&A


PARTICIPANTS

Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA
Ambassador David Shear, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense and Chairman, National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS)
Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington
Clara Gillipsie, Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research

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Sep
10
8:00 AM08:00

Helping Hands For Houston

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Volunteers are still needed to assist in running the BakerRipley shelter for Harvey evacuees at NRG Center.

Please complete the registration form below to join JASH as we lend a helping hand and show JAPAN STANDS WITH HOUSTON.


Things you need to know:

1. NRG Center (not the stadium) is located at 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054.

2. Check-in at the volunteer table at NRG Center - not the stadium - enter through the glass doors located at the entrance facing Kirby.

3. Bring a photo ID for verification.

4. Volunteers must be 16 and older.

5. Please wear comfortable clothes and your earn, learn, belong shirt if you were issued one.

6. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food. We will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee.

7. PARKING: Enter through Gate 10 and Park in the Red Lots 2 or 4.

8. You will check-in and check-out with a JASH representative at the volunteer check-in area.


Volunteer Name *
Volunteer Name
Phone
Phone
Please include full name. Note volunteers must be 16 and older.
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Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

[POSTPONED] JASH Annual Member Meeting

  • Museum of Fine Arts - Beck Bldg - American General (map)
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The Greater Houston region has been deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and we recognize that recovery and rebuilding efforts deserve full attention.

For this reason, JASH has decided to reschedule the 2017 Annual Meeting.

We know there will be a right time to host the event in the coming months, and we look forward to sharing a new date with you in the near future.

To learn more about JASH's support of Harvey relief efforts, please click here.


Join fellow members and the JASH board as we celebrate 2016-2017 successes and highlight 2017-2018 prospects.

Food, drinks and a special art tour will be available for all to enjoy.

FREE for all JASH members.

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Sep
5
to Sep 9

Harvey Recovery School Supply Drive

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JASH's JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROGRAM will be collecting school supplies for Harvey victims between Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 12.

Items in need include:

new pencils, scissors, calculators, highlighters, crayons, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, backpacks, rulers, erasers, graph paper, 3 ring binders, glue sticks, notebook paper, pens, and colored pencils

Donation boxes will be placed in the office entry area.

Join us as we help in recovery efforts and ensure that students of Houston-area KIPP schools have the supplies they need to start school.

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Jul
22
to Jul 23

Dance Project Japan

  • Chiba City Mihama Culture Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
“TSURU” Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center (Lynn Lane Photography)

“TSURU” Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center (Lynn Lane Photography)

Former Houston Ballet soloist, Nao Kusuzaki, of Creative Minds Collaborative, in partnership with CLAY Production, will be presenting select works in Chiba City, Houston's Sister City in Japan.

Included among the works is the Asia Society Texas Center-commissioned piece TSURU.

Kusuzaki will be joined by Houston Ballet Principal Dancers Connor Walsh and Charles-Louis Andre Yoshiyama.

A workshop for students of ballet in Chiba will be conducted ahead of the scheduled performances.

For more information, please click here.

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Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

[CANCELLED] Allegiance - Meet Writer/Producer LORENZO THIONE

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the near future.

After an unprecedented cinematic premiere and a single encore presentation on the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance marking the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, Broadway musical Allegiance returns to Houston for special screenings at the Queensbury Theatre!

Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives were upended when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing them and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor.

Watch the Allegiance Original Broadway Cast on the big screen, including legendary performer George Takei — (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), who was himself an internee as a child, and Tony® winner Lea Salonga – (“Miss Saigon,” “Mulan”).


VIP Screening

Take a trip back stage as Allegiance lead producer and show writer, Lorenzo Thione, shares insights into the making of the production.

  • Thursday, July 13th  – 7PM – VIP Screening (includes refreshments and a talk back with Lorenzo Thione, lead producer and show writer of Allegiance) -  Price $62 + $3 box office processing fee

General Screenings

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the near future.

  • Friday, July 14th – 7:30PM – Price $32 + $3 box office processing fee
  • Saturday, July 15th – 7:30PM – Price $32 + $3 box office processing fee
  • Sunday, July 16th – 2PM – Price $32 + $3 box office processing fee

For tickets go to http://queensburytheatre.org/tickets-2/ or call 713-467-4497


FAQ

Q: Is Allegiance okay for children to see?

A: Allegiance is a family friendly drama, and most children above the age of eight should be fine. There are some adult themes, as well as use of weapons, during the show, but there is no strong language or sexual content.

 

 

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Jul
8
to Aug 19

The Ephemeral Beauty in Nature - HARUMI SHIMAZU

  • Nicole Longnecker Gallery (map)
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The Ephemeral Beauty in Nature. Glass balls, brass, and wax. Nakanojo Biennale 2015.  (photo courtesy of artist)

The Ephemeral Beauty in Nature. Glass balls, brass, and wax. Nakanojo Biennale 2015.  (photo courtesy of artist)

Fragments of wax like flower petals are fluttering in the room. Glass balls are floating and swaying in space and they catch the light and reflect the room in their surfaces. I'm trying to represent the beauty and sadness of life with fragile materials. - Artist, Harumi SHIMAZU

Tokyo-based artist Harumi SHIMAZU views nature as a vast living organism and reflects the energy of life and the ephemeral beauty of nature in her work.

SHIMAZU makes her Houston debut at Nicole Longnecker Gallery in a site-specific installation, The Ephemeral Beauty in Nature, on view from July 8 through August 17.  This exhibition is made possible by Art Alliance「英語を使ってアートを学ぼう!」


SPECIAL EXHIBITION-RELATED EVENTS

Opening -- Saturday, July 8, 5-8 PM

Artist Talk -- Wednesday, July 12, 6-8 PM


ABOUT HARUMI SHIMAZU

Harumi Shimazu is a visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated with a degree in painting from the Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2005. In her painting, Shimazu examines motifs based on the natural world, specifically flowers, plants and vegetables, and uses microscopic imagery as source material for her near abstract works. More recently, she has been working on site–specific installations and encaustic paintings, exhibiting domestically and internationally. Through the work, Shimazu attempts to evoke or connect with the origin of life, primitive memories and the universe. 

To learn more about the artist and view select works, click here.

 

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tanabata Star Festival 2017

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.  Join us for:

  • 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. 
**Note: All volunteer shifts have been filled.  Thank you for your enthusiasum and support.
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May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Sogetsu School Ikebana Demonstration

Unlike simple flower arranging, ikebana is a disciplined Japanese art form in which nature and humanity are brought together and represented with the use of living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. An asymmetrical form and the use of empty space are essential features of the composition, and a sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is crucial.

YuMei Montalvo, First Jonin Somu (professor) of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will provide a short history of ikebana, the Japanese art and philosophy of flower arranging. As she demonstrates the creation and composition of several arrangements, she will explain the relationship of the materials being used and the importance of their placement within the arrangements.

Contact event host City of Sugar Land Cultural Arts Manager, Lindsay Davis to reserve a seat.


YuMei Montalvo

Mrs. Montalvo, born in Taiwan and married to an Ecuadorean, has been practicing the Sogetsu style of flower arrangement for over 20 years.  A member of the Teachers of Ikebana Association, Tokyo, Japan, Mrs. Montalvo has taught ikebana in Singapore and Ecuador.  In addition to serving as President of the Quito Chapter of Ikebana International, she also served as director of floral decorations for Quito's J.W. Marriot International Hotel.

Mrs. Montalvo established the Houston Sogetsu Group in 2014 after moving to Houston.  While Houston is now home, she travels regularly to Ecuador and across the U.S. conducting workshops and exhibitions.

 

 

 

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May
13
9:15 PM21:15

Screening: After the Storm

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) move on with their lives. Renewing contact with his family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa)—until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. 


After The Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

  • Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • 2016, in Japanese with English subtitles
  • Japan, 117 minutes

Tickets: Visit www.mfah.org


See a roundup of up critics’ reviews.

“It’s hard to think of another filmmaker who maps the emotional landscape of divorce-torn families as precisely as Kore-eda. Predicated on the revelatory power of shared meals and small talk, After the Storm builds to a scene of three people running around in a heavy downpour—a wistful, funny, and indelible vision of a family coming together to chase an impossibly happy dream.” —Los Angeles Times
“After the Storm benefits from a lead character with some gratifyingly sharp edges, lending the film real dramatic stakes even as it retains a surface serenity.” —Movie Mezzanine
“Warmly funny . . . beautifully acted by a great cast, it’s a film that sticks with you.” —New York Times
“Wonderful! Has special warmth and grace.” —Wall Street Journal
“Kore-eda isn’t just one of the world’s best filmmakers, but one of its most indispensable artists.” —Village Voice
“Kore-eda may only make good movies, but After the Storm is one of his best.” —IndieWire
“One of the year’s most affecting, humanistic films.” —The Film Stage
“A rich, thoughtful character study that stands with its author’s finest work.” —Now Magazine

 

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May
7
5:00 PM17:00

Screening: After the Storm

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Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) move on with their lives. Renewing contact with his family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa)—until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. 


After The Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

  • Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • 2016, in Japanese with English subtitles
  • Japan, 117 minutes

Tickets: Visit www.mfah.org


See a roundup of up critics’ reviews.

“It’s hard to think of another filmmaker who maps the emotional landscape of divorce-torn families as precisely as Kore-eda. Predicated on the revelatory power of shared meals and small talk, After the Storm builds to a scene of three people running around in a heavy downpour—a wistful, funny, and indelible vision of a family coming together to chase an impossibly happy dream.” —Los Angeles Times
“After the Storm benefits from a lead character with some gratifyingly sharp edges, lending the film real dramatic stakes even as it retains a surface serenity.” —Movie Mezzanine
“Warmly funny . . . beautifully acted by a great cast, it’s a film that sticks with you.” —New York Times
“Wonderful! Has special warmth and grace.” —Wall Street Journal
“Kore-eda isn’t just one of the world’s best filmmakers, but one of its most indispensable artists.” —Village Voice
“Kore-eda may only make good movies, but After the Storm is one of his best.” —IndieWire
“One of the year’s most affecting, humanistic films.” —The Film Stage
“A rich, thoughtful character study that stands with its author’s finest work.” —Now Magazine

 

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May
6
to May 7

JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017

  • Japanese Garden in Hermann Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendars!  Houston's much beloved JAPAN FESTIVAL will be returning to Hermann Park May 6-7, 2017!

Plans are in the works to make the 24th edition of JAPAN FESTIVAL HOUSTON a fun, family-friendly event with authentic food, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits and demonstrations, and special "make-and-take" activities highlighting Japan's Children's Day (子供の日; kodomo no hi) traditionsDetails and programming highlights are to come. 

You can join in the festivities starting today by pledging support or by applying to be a vendor.  Visit houstonjapanfest.org for information. 

第24回ジャパン・フェスティバルは、2017年5月6-7日に Hermann Park で開催されます。

今回も様々な食べ物や工芸品のブースが出店を予定し、ステージでのエンターテーメントやデモンストレーションが企画されています。そして子供の日にちなんだ特別なアクティビティーをご用意して、ご家族全員で楽しんでいただけるようなフェスティバルとなるよう準備中です。

フェスティバルの詳細は、順次ジャパンフェスティバルのWebsiteに掲載されますので、是非ご覧下さい。

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Apr
22
8:30 AM08:30

Garden 25th Anniversary 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 the garden'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.


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Apr
7
to Apr 28

"YOUR NAME" - Houston Debut

JASH is pleased to join forces with Funimation to promote the U.S. debut of YOUR NAME, Japan's #1 film of 2016 and the second-highest grossing Japanese movie ever.

From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

In select theaters beginning April 7.  Click here to buy tickets.

  • River Oaks Theatre 3
  • Gulf Pointe 30 Theatres
  • First Colony 24 Theatres
  • Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park 6
  • Tinseltown Movies 17 XD
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Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Webinar: Japan in 2017

Join a FREE webinar featuring JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné.

Soné will provide an update on the current state of the Japanese economy and the status of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic reform agenda, also called "Abenomics." His presentation will examine recent economic data and touch on the anticipated impact of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics which will take place in Tokyo. Soné will also touch on the progress of structural reforms regarding corporate taxes; regulations governing regenerative medicine and health care; deregulation of electric and natural gas markets; and immigration reforms designed to attract more skilled foreign workers.  
 
As the Japanese government's trade promotion and economic development agency, a key part of JETRO's mission is assisting foreign companies which are interested in entering and expanding their business in Japan. In June 2013, the Japanese government announced its goal of doubling inbound FDI to ¥35 trillion by 2020. Soné will address the steps taken by the government to increase FDI into Japan and talk about the ways in which JETRO supports foreign companies as they grow their businesses in Japan.
 
To participate in this webinar, visit goo.gl/DaN05a


SPEAKER BIO

Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago

Ichiro Soné was appointed Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Chicago) in June 2013.  As Chief Executive Director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

Before coming to Chicago, Mr. Soné served as Director of the Overseas Offices Division at JETRO Tokyo HQ. In this role, he managed all of JETRO’s overseas offices, responsible for the budget, staff training and development, and administration of more than 70 offices worldwide.

He joined JETRO in 1988 after graduating Doshisha University in Kyoto with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has a deep knowledge on international business through working at Trade Fair Department and Invest Japan Department at JETRO Tokyo, and North America Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His previous overseas postings were JETRO Los Angeles and JETRO San Francisco.


 

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Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Asian Night at Houston Rodeo

Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) is pleased to joining forces with Houston's Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACC) for ASIAN NIGHT at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.

In this the second year of what we hope will be an annual event, the Rodeo executives are providing reserved seats and a private area for networking. 


TICKETS

  • $100/per person - Chairman's Club (private area) - BBQ buffet, open bar, special reserved seats
  • $25/per person - Loge Seats - no reception

All tickets include access to the rodeo grounds during the day and the performance by Meghan Trainor.

Chairman's Club Ticket purchasers will also be entered into a drawing for a seat on the ACC Wagon in the Grand Entry Parade.

Pricing for adults and children are the same.  Parking is NOT included.

Reserve or purchase your tickets HERE before FEBRUARY 10! 


SCHEDULE

6:00 PM - Buffet opens (applicable to Chairman's Club Ticket holders only)

6:45 PM - Parade begins

8:45 PM - Demi Lovato performs

 

 

 

 

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Mar
4
11:00 AM11:00

2017 Texas State Speech Contest

The 28th installment of the Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on March 4, 2017.

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.

For more information on the format and content of the 2017 State Speech Contest, please review the contest handbook.

Registration will be open from February 20-26, 2017.


COMPETITION SCHEDULE

  •  9:00 AM - Judge Orientation
  • 10:30 AM - STUDENT REGISTRATION
  • 11:00 AM - OPENING CEREMONY
  • 11:10 AM - COMPETITION PART I
    • HAIKU
    • AURORA
  • 12:45 PM - COMPETITION PART II
    • COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
    • POETRY
    • SPEECH WITH TEXT
  • 4:00 PM - COMPETITION PART III
    • OPEN
    • SKIT
  • 5:45 PM - AWARDS CEREMONY

COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

  • 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

 

SPECIAL SPONSORS

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST AIRLINE

 

 

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Feb
19
12:55 PM12:55

ALLEGIANCE - Remembering the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

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George Takei's Allegiance is returning to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Straight from Broadway and inspired by the true-life experiences of Takei, Allegiance tells the incredible story of a family whose lives are upended by the internment of nearly 120,000 people, the majority of whom were Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Allegiance stars Tony Award-winner, Lea Salonga (MISS SAIGON), and Broadway favorites, Telly Leung ("Glee", RENT) and Katie Rose Clarke (WICKED). The cinema event will feature and exclusive introduction from Takei, as well as special behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators of the Broadway production.

Allegiance is smart, wonderful and exhilarating theater. Every American should see this show, let alone every Japanese American. Though set against the background of Japanese American internment, it's a moving and compelling story about conflicting loyalties, to country, to family, to oneself. It’s a story about love and about honor, with beautiful music, great storytelling, and a wonderful cast that entertains as well as educates.
- Senator Mazie Hirono, Hawai'i

When Allegiance began performances on Broadway in early October, it could not have anticipated how profoundly timely its themes would be.
-The Washington Post

POWERFUL! It deserves to be seen.
-Entertainment Weekly


GREATER HOUSTON SCREENING LOCATIONS

  • Willowbrook 24 - 17145 Tomball Parkway, Houston
  • First Colony 24 - 3301 Town Center Boulevard S., Sugar Land
  • Cinemark 18 Webster - 20915 Gulf Freeway, Webster
  • Cinemark at Market Street - 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 8200, The Woodlands
  • Houston Marq*E Stadium 23 - 7600 Katy Freeway, Houston

For tickets and details, please visit AllegianceMusical.com.


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