Dec
2
8:30am 8:30am

Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

 

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、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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Oct
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

[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
11:00am11:00am

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
8:00am 8:00am

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.


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Please include full name. Note volunteers must be 16 and older.
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Sep
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

[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
7:00pm 7:00pm

[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)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
9:15pm 9:15pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
8:30am 8:30am

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
11:00am11:00am

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
12:55pm12:55pm

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

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Feb
18
9:45am 9:45am

2017 Houston Regional Speech Contest

  • University of St. Thomas - ANDERSON HALL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

Japan Update Houston Conference 2017

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


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Dec
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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

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

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.

 

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Dec
6
10:00am10:00am

Ikebana International Houston Chapter Exhibition

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.

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Nov
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sister Cities of Houston Fall Concert 2016

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

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Nov
19
9:00am 9:00am

Annual Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

 

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!

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Nov
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meet Kelly Luce - Author of PULL ME UNDER

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.

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Oct
29
5:30pm 5:30pm

JASH Gala 2016

 

 

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.

 

 

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