May
27
10:00 am10:00

Sogetsu School Ikebana Demonstration

  • The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center

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.

 

 

 


May
13
9:15 pm21:15

Screening: After the Storm

  • MFAH - Brown Auditorium

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

 

May
7
5:00 pm17:00

Screening: After the Storm

  • MFAH - Brown Auditorium
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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

 

May
6
May 7

JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017

  • Japanese Garden in Hermann Park

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。

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
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
Mar
23
3:00 pm15:00

Webinar: Japan in 2017

  • Webinar

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.


 

Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Asian Night at Houston Rodeo

  • NRG Stadium

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

 

 

 

 

Mar
4
11:00 am11:00

2017 Texas State Speech Contest

  • Rice University - Herring Hall

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

 

 

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.


FILM TRAILER

Feb
18
9:45 am09:45

2017 Houston Regional Speech Contest

  • University of St. Thomas - ANDERSON HALL

The Houston Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on February 18, 2017.

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 an 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 closes on January 31, 2017.


CONTEST SCHEDULE

945 AM            Opening Ceremony

1015 AM            Preliminaries

  • Division I: Poetry
  • Division II: Haiku
  • Division IV: Free Speech w/ Text
  • Division V: Free Speech Aurora
  • Division VI: Free Speech College and University

1230 PM            FINALS (open to the public)

  • 1240 PM            POETRY
  • 1305 PM            HAIKU
  • 1330 PM            FREE SPEECH w/ TEXT
  • 1400 PM            FREE SPEECH AURORA
  • 1440 PM            FREE SPEECH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
  • 1520 PM            SKIT    

1630 PM            Closing Ceremony/Awards Presentation


VENUE SPONSOR

EVENT SUPPORTER

Japan Update Houston Conference 2017
Feb
10
11:30 am11:30

Japan Update Houston Conference 2017

  • Petroleum Club of Houston

JASH is pleased to present Japan Update: The Future of Trade Relations Between the U.S. and Japan in the Wake of the 2016 U.S. Elections, on February 10, 2017. 

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 information on the evolving United States-Japan trade relationship.

Over the last several years, Houston, Harris County and Texas have welcomed a large number of new Japanese companies and residents.  During this period, the Greater Houston area has witnessed substantial new Japanese investment in the areas of oil and gas exploration, construction and ownership of LNG facilities, air conditioning, electrical equipment, manufacturing, petrochemicals, environmental services, aerospace, medical technology and services, and process engineering.

Japan Update: The Future of Trade Relations Between the U.S. and Japan in the Wake of the 2016 U.S. Elections will feature experts from the U.S. and Japan commenting on the challenges, trends, and strategies shaping the U.S.-Japan alliance in the area of trade.


SPEAKERS

Dr. Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies Phillip Knight Chair in Japan Studies

Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe, Professor of International Political Economy and Trade Policy at Keio University and former Deputy Director-General of Japan’s Economic Affairs Bureau

The Honorable Atsuyuki Oike, Deputy Chief of Mission, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotenitary of the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

The Honorable J. Thomas Schieffer, former Ambassador of the United States to Japan

Mr. Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership

Mr. John A. Moseley, Senior Director of Trade Development of Port of Houston Authority

Click here for speaker bios.


TICKETS

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

*includes lunch


PRESENTING PARTNERS


SUPPORTING PARTNERS


SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

 

Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

ALLEGIANCE - Broadway On The Big Screen

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JASH is pleased to be working with George Takei on the film release of Allegiance!

Allegiance will play in select cinemas nationwide, one night only, Tuesday, December 13th. 

Straight from Broadway and inspired by the true-life experiences of TakeiAllegiance 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, 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 - 237600 Katy Freeway, Houston
  • Kingwood Movies - 14350 Northpark Drive, Kingwood

For tickets and details, please visit AllegianceMusical.com.


Film Trailer

Learning from the Past: Japan's 2011 Triple Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in Southeast Texas
Dec
7
6:00 pm18:00

Learning from the Past: Japan's 2011 Triple Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in Southeast Texas

  • Asia Society Texas Center

On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the fourth strongest earthquake in modern history. The accompanying tsunami killed thousands and displaced millions. Adding to the tragedy was damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which resulted in radioactive leaks. The titled “Triple Disaster” caused an estimated $360 billion in losses, which out-numbered Hurricane Katrina’s $250 billion estimate, the costliest disaster in U.S. history. Human casualties are the focus of first responders, however, the economic impact of a natural disaster lingers, further hindering a community’s emotional recovery and ability to rebuild its infrastructure. The United States Armed Forces assisted directly through Operation Tomodachi, spending $90 million in relief.

A global expert who worked for the US Embassy to Japan in 2011 will join Asia Society to discuss what happened five years ago, address economic realities on natural disasters, and share how communities can better prepare for the eventuality of these tragedies. Local experts will also focus on emergency preparedness in Southeast Texas, a region that experienced Hurricane Ike’s destructive power in 2008, and most recently, two series of floods that crippled the Greater Houston area in the spring. The region is vulnerable to coastal surge and inland flooding, which can easily cause destruction to the Texas Gulf Coast’s oil exploration and refinery infrastructures.

Panelists:

Suzanne Basalla, Executive Vice President and COO, U.S.-Japan Council
Jim Blackburn, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Colonel Christopher Sallese, Coastal Programs Manager, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation

This program is in support of In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, on display at Asia Society Texas Center through January 1, 2017. Through photographs, this exhibition reflects on the powerful role of artists in the journey of recovery from cataclysmic events.


Tickets:

Click here to reserve tickets.

JASH Members, enter the discount code "PREPARETEXAS" at checkout to claim your free ticket.

 

Dec
6
10:00 am10:00

Ikebana International Houston Chapter Exhibition

  • West University Senior Center

Join JASH is supporting the annual Ikebana International Houston Chapter #12 Ikebana Exhibition.

See on display the creative talents of Ikebana International Members from all the local schools - Ikenobo, Ohara, Ichiyo, and Sogetsu.

Nature is always changing.  Plants grow and put forth leaves, flowers bloom, and berries are borne regularly and repeatedly throughout the seasons.  Nature has its own rhythm and order.  The awareness of this is the first step in involving oneself in ikebana.

Presented by:

Nov
19
6:00 pm18:00

Sister Cities of Houston Fall Concert 2016

  • MATCH

Sister Cities of Houston's annual international variety show will be honoring Houston's Sister Cities that faced tragedy in 2016 -- terrorist attacks on Basrah, Istanbul and Nice; earthquakes in and around Taipei, Chiba and Guayaquil; and a mudslide in Shenzhen.

The event will feature local & international performers from Houston and its 18 Sister Cities, including local dance troupe Ad Deum.

For tickets, click here.

For more information, contact Judy McEnany at mcenany@aol.com

Nov
19
9:00 am09:00

Annual Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

  • Japanese Garden in HERMANN PARK

 

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!

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毎年恒例になりました、秋の日本庭園清掃が、11月19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!

Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

Meet Kelly Luce - Author of PULL ME UNDER

  • Brazos Bookstore

Join JASH at Brazos Bookstore for a reading from Kelly Luce's debut novel PULL ME UNDER.

PULL ME UNDER is a psychological thriller set in Tokushima that tells the story of Rio Silvestri, who, when she was twelve years old, fatally stabbed a school bully. Rio, born Chizuru Akitani, is the Japanese American daughter of the revered violinist Hiro Akitani—a Living National Treasure in Japan and a man Rio hasn’t spoken to since she left her home country for the United States (and a new identity) after her violent crime. Her father’s death, along with a mysterious package that arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, spurs her to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. There she is forced to confront her past in ways she never imagined, pushing herself, her relationships with her husband and daughter, and her own sense of who she is to the brink.

The novel’s illuminating and palpably atmospheric descriptions of Japan and its culture, as well its elegantly dynamic structure, call to mind both Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and David Guterson’s SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. PULL ME UNDER is gripping, psychologically complex fiction—at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness.

The Japan Times has praised both PULL ME UNDER and Luce's collection of stories, THREE SCENARIOS IN WHICH HANA SASAKI GROWS A TAIL, saying "Luce manages to effortlessly capture both what it’s like to be a foreigner in Japan and to write in a believable way from the perspective of a native."  Read Suzanne Kamata's review of PULL ME UNDER here.


Click here to reserve your book online through Brazos Bookstore at least 24 hours in advance. Call 713-523-0701 to reserve books on the day of the signing.

Oct
29
5:30 pm17:30

JASH Gala 2016

  • Omni Galleria Hotel and Resort
 

 

We invite you to join us for an evening celebrating the 48th anniversary of the Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH).

JASH Gala 2016 will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Omni Hotel and Resorts Galleria Houston. The gathering will celebrate the spirit of kizuna – the solidarity that binds the United States and Japan – and honor an individual who embodies this spirit, Dr. Ritsuko Komaki.

Click HERE for event details and to purchase tickets/participate in sponsorship opportunities.

All proceeds from the October 29th event will support JASH’s educational, cultural, and business initiatives. 

Contact JASH Executive Director Patsy Brown - 713.963.0121 or pybrown@jas-hou.org - with inquiries.

 

 

Oct
1
7:00 pm19:00

KAINAN 1890 Screening @ Houston Turkish Film Festival

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Theater

Within the 2016 Houston Turkish Film Festival, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is presenting a very unique docu-drama that is known to the Japanese community as KAINAN 1890 (known as Ertuğrul 1890 in Turkish and 125 Years Memory in English).

This moving and dramatic historical epic is based on two occasions of humanitarian cooperation between Japanese and Turkish people that happened a century apart.

In 1890 the Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul, on its way home after paying a courtesy visit to the emperor of Japan, was driven aground in a typhoon and wrecked in the Pacific Ocean. Hearing the alarm bell that warned of a vessel in distress, local villagers provided assistance, saving 69 from a crew of 600.

The film flashes forward to 1985, during the Iran–Iraq War, when the evacuation of Japanese citizens in Tehran was aided by officials at the Turkish Embassy who arranged for a safe departure during the dangerous bombing raids.

These two humanitarian initiatives have indelibly linked Turkey and Japan.

For tickets, click here.


 KAINAN 1890 | Erugrul 1890 | 125 Years Memory 

 

2015; Mitsutoshi Tanaka
2 hrs 2 mins
in Japanese and Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey/Japan
Color

 

Website

http://125yearsmemory.com/

To learn more about the film, click here.

Sep
25
7:30 pm19:30

JASH @ DASH

  • BBVA Compass Stadium

Calling all Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) members! 

Join us at BBVA Compass Stadium to watch Houston Dash take on Seattle Reign Sunday, September 25 for only $12.

This ticket deal comes complete with prime viewing of FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Nadeshiko Japan team member Nahomi Kawasumi from seats immediately behind the visiting team's bench. 

Negotiations are also in the works for a Kawasumi-senshu post-game meet and greet (photo-opts and autograph signings included)!

JASH @ DASH is a MEMBERS ONLY event. 


JASH @ DASH 2016
12.00

This special pricing applies to JASH members only. 

Not a member?  Join now by clicking here.

Add To Cart

 

 

Sep
8
Oct 1

Houston Ballet Season Kick-Off

  • Wortham Center - Brown Theater
Karina Gonzalez. Photo by Melissa Fitzgerald West.

Karina Gonzalez. Photo by Melissa Fitzgerald West.

Our friends at the Houston Ballet have generously arranged for JASH Members to receive a 50% discount on select performances of the 2016-2017 Season!

To take advantage of this offer:

  • Confirm that your JASH Membership is current.
  • Select your desired performance from the options below.
  • Contact Pam Perry (713-535-3258) to reserve seats at the special JASH ticket price. 

AMERICAN INGENUITY

September 8, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 10, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 11, 2016 | 2:00PM
September 16, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 17, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 19, 2016 | 2:00PM

MADAME BUTTERFLY

September 22, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 24, 2016 | 7:30PM
September 25, 2016 | 2:00PM
October 1, 2016 | 2:00PM

 

Sep
6
10:00 am10:00

EXPEDITION ENGLISH Kick-off Reception

  • Japan-America Society of Houston

96日(火)午前10時よりクラス説明会を当協会事務所で実施致します。多くの方々のご参加を心よりお待ちしております。どうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます。

Come learn what lies in store for EXPEDITION ENGLISH, a dynamic new program designed to strengthen conversational English skills through the exploration of Houston. 

The kick-off reception will provide a sneak peek at the planned monthly activities, which will provide opportunities to...

  • Navigate Houston's art scene
  • Explore American culinary traditions
  • Discover how holidays are celebrated in Houston
  • Learn tips for successful gardening in Texas

all while... 

  • Expanding practical vocabulary
  • Improving listening comprehension
  • Fine tuning pronunciation
  • Increasing verbal fluency and accuracy
  • Gaining confidence

Light bites and beverages will be provided at the FREE event.  Please RSVP below.


KICK-OFF PARTY RSVP

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Have you studied English with JASH before?
Aug
21
5:00 pm17:00

"Sweet Bean" Screening II

  • MFAH - Brown Auditorium

JASH is proud to be collaborating with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as it presents the New Films from Asia film series and brings to Houston the Japanese film Sweet Bean (An).

Sweet Bean (An)

  • Directed by Naomi Kawase
  • 2015, in Japanese with English subtitles
  • Japan/France/Germany, 113 minutes

Tickets: Coming Soon

Sweet red bean paste is the central ingredient in the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories, Sentaro cooks without enthusiasm until the elderly Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and offers to work for him. Tokue, cheerful yet mysterious, shares her special recipe for the paste and Sentaro's business thrives, although each character faces personal challenges.

Read The New York Times review here.

Aug
20
7:00 pm19:00

"Sweet Bean" Screening I

  • MFAH - Brown Auditorium

JASH is proud to be collaborating with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as it presents the New Films from Asia film series and brings to Houston the Japanese film Sweet Bean (An).

Sweet Bean (An)

  • Directed by Naomi Kawase
  • 2015, in Japanese with English subtitles
  • Japan/France/Germany, 113 minutes

Tickets: Coming Soon

Sweet red bean paste is the central ingredient in the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories, Sentaro cooks without enthusiasm until the elderly Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and offers to work for him. Tokue, cheerful yet mysterious, shares her special recipe for the paste and Sentaro's business thrives, although each character faces personal challenges.

Read The New York Times review here.

Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Advance Screening of KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS

  • AMC Willowbrook 24
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Our friends at FOCUS FEATURES are hosting a FREE advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS on August 15, and we're invited.

Click here for a chance to win a set of passes! 

Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 11.  Winners will be announced on Friday, August 12!


KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro
Director: Travis Knight
Studio: Focus Features

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KuboTheMovie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kubothemovie
Website: http://kubothemovie.com/

From animation studio LAIKA, makers of the Academy Award-nominated “Coraline,” comes an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Scrappy, kindhearted Kubo lives a humble life, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But this peace is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo makes friends with Monkey, a protective talisman come to life, and the cursed warrior, Beetle, and sets out to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and his evil twin daughters, to decipher his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.

 

Jul
7
10:00 am10:00

Tanabata Star Festival

  • Children's Museum of Houston

Steeped in legend, Tanabata (七夕/ the star festival) commemorates the annual reuniting of the deities 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, which is why this Japanese holiday is celebrated by writing wishes on small pieces of paper and hanging them on bamboo trees.

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, and JASH and the CGJ need your help making sure the event goes off without a hitch!

Two volunteer shifts are available. 

Sign up below.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Desired Volunteer Shift *
Volunteer activity details will be sent your way prior to the event.
Jun
23
6:30 pm18:30

JASH Annual Member Meeting

  • Museum of Fine Arts - Beck Bldg - American General

Join fellow members and the JASH board as we celebrate 2015-2016 successes and highlight 2016-2017 prospects.

Food, drinks and art by Japanese artist Yayoi KUSAMA will be available for all to enjoy.

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


Name *
Name
JASH Membership *
Jun
18
1:30 pm13:30

HAAPI Film Festival: CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FARM

  • Harmony Public Schools

Houston's largest celebration of Asian American films - HAAPI Film Festival - is celebrating its 12th year of sharing art, film and music from the Asian American Pacific Island (AAPI) community on June 9-11 and on June 17-18. 

JASH is proud to be teaming up with HAAPI Fest to co-present CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FARM.

CHANGING SEASON heralds a changing of the guard at a California peach farm famed for its organic heirloom fruit and visionary approach to environmental responsibility. Award-winning farmer and environmental writer David Masumoto’s parents purchased a plot of poor, drought-prone land dirt cheap following their release from a WWII internment camp. Over more than half a century, the family transformed the undesirable acreage into model orchards through innovative methods and conservation. Now facing a health crisis, David mentors his feminist daughter Nikiko, a Berkeley grad, to become a third generation farmer.  For a sneak peek of this feature film, click here.

Visit haapiff.org for festival updates.

May
1
9:00 am09:00

JTAT 2016 Summer Workshop

  • Texas A&M University, ACAD 125

Maximize student performance by attending the 2016 Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) Summer Workshop!

Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, Professor/Chair of World Languages and Cultures at California State University, Monterey Bay, and President of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, will address ways to inspire and motivate through IPA to engage students and assess students' performance using real-world tasks that are meaningful to students.

  • How can we transform classrooms and curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st Century?
  • What do we need to consider for effectively implementing IPA in teaching?

Learn ways to implement IPA in a "backward design" model in which learners understand the criteria and standards for real-world tasks.


SCHEDULE

9:00-12:00 | WHAT IS IPA?

12:00-13:00 | LUNCH

13:00-16:00 | CREATING IPA: CREATING SUMMARATIVE ASSESSMENT TASKS AND EVALUATION RUBRICS

16:00-16:30 | RECEPTION


REGISTRATION FEES

  • Free for JTAT Members
  • $15 + lunch (approx. $15) for JTAT Non-Members

Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a certificate of 6 hours of CPE credit upon request.


TO REGISTER

Email ywaugh@tamu.edu


FOR DETAILS

Click here to download details.