Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

ONIGIRI Workshop

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Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH), with the support of the Grassroots Exchange Network - Japan (GEN-J), is pleased to be participating in #OnigiriAction, a worldwide campaign created by Table for Two to promote healthy Japanese eating culture as a framework to address the critical issues of food imbalance by providing healthy school meals and food education to children in need.

Join in the effort by learning how to make “Onigiri” with us.

All supplies needed for this FREE workshop will be provided. Participation is limited to 20 places. Please sign up below.

Note: Participants are requested to bring a bandana or cap to wear during the workshop.


What is “Onigiri”?

“Onigiri” or “rice ball” is a Japanese comfort food made from steamed rice that is formed into triangular, ball or cylinder shapes and typically wrapped with nori (dried seaweed). Given their size and shape, “Onigiri” are considered a portable treat that can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a bento box lunch. “Onigiri” come in all different appetizing flavors/fillings and are readily available for take-out from Japanese convenience stores and specialty shops. A high-level of nutritional value make “Onigiri” a popular lunch item for school children and business people alike.

What is #OnigiriAction?

#OnigiriAction is a campaign that commemorates World Food Day by aiming to provide one million meals to children in need around the world. During the campaign from October 10- November 20, every photo of a rice ball shared on the Onigiri Action website or posted on social media with #OnigiriAction hashtag will help provide five meals to children in need. In 2018, 160,425 “Onigiri” photos were posted by people from all over the world, providing 975,000 warm school meals.

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Oct
27
to Oct 31

Ikebana International 18th North & Central American Regional Conference

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The Ikebana International 18th North & Central American Regional Conference (NCARC) will be co-hosted by Dallas Chapter 13 and Fort Worth Chapter 38.

The theme for this year’s conference is “GROW Ikebana.NCARC will have a variety of ikebana exhibitions and demonstrations as well as an “Artist Market” and workshops with Ikebana masters, notably Executive Master Elaine Jo.

Registration for demonstrations and exhibitions will be open to the public in August 2019.

**Proceeds from the North & Central American Regional Conference will be used to provide scholarships to young adults who are interested in taking ikebana classes and/or participating in various ikebana workshops with the intention of sharing and continuing this Japanese cultural treasure with future generations.

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Nov
3
2:30 PM14:30

MFAH Presents | The World of Japanese Prints

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The world of the Japanese print was a thoroughly modern one—even by today’s standards. Encompassing advertisements, playbills, keepsakes, travel souvenirs, maps, calendars, news sources, and even “racy” pinups, Japanese woodblock prints provide a captivating and beautiful glimpse into more than 400 years of daily life, history, and culture.

This talk, presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), offers an educational and entertaining exploration of one of the world’s most influential and popular forms of art.

FREE to the public with admission to the museum.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet in the American General Conference Room on the Mezzanine Level of the Beck Building.

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Image 1: Ito Shinsui, Clock and Beauty, no. IV (Tokei to bijin, IV), 1964, woodblock print on Japanese paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nanako and Dale Tingleaf. © Ito Shinsui

Image 2: Katsushika Hokusai, Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji: Umezawa Hamlet-Fields in Sagami Province, 1830–31, color woodblock print on kozo paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Ms. Miwa S. Sakashita and Dr. John R. Stroehlein.

Image 3: Utagawa Kunisada, Night Scene with Girls and Lanterns, mid-19th century, woodblock print triptych, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Peter C. Knudtzon.

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Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

MFAH Presents | Hausu (House) Movie Screening

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Courtesy of Janus Films

As part of the Movies Houstonians Love film series, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will be hosting a screening of the Japanese cult horror classic Hausu (House) on November 3rd from 5-6:45 PM.

Screening on Halloween weekend, House invokes the spirit of the holiday. This hallucinatory head trip follows a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home. Evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions are all realized by filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. House is a memorable cult favorite that is hard to describe—and not to be missed!

This film is presented by Fareena Arefeen, 2016 Houston Youth Poet Laureate.

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

Release: 1977

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Running Time: 88 minutes

Tickets are available at $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for MFAH members and seniors.

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Nov
19
to May 21

Ikebana Classes

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JASH in partnership with Ikenobo Society of Texas, and with the support of the Ikebana International Houston Chapter #12, is pleased to be offering the opportunity to learn the classical art of floral refinement in a series of classes beginning following the Ikebana International 18th North & Central American Regional Conference (NCARC).

From November, floral enthusiasts interested in the art of “living flowers” have two learning options: (i) the 7-class morning series or (ii) the Classic Ikebana for Beginners evening classes.

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Nov
23
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Fall Garden Cleanup

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

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

To join the efforts, please complete the form below:


Name *
Name
JASH Membership *

毎年恒例になりました、秋の日本庭園清掃が、11月23日(土)午前8時半より 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
13
2:30 PM14:30

MFAH Presents | Kogei: The Art of Japanese Craft

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Aoki Tomonobu (Ichiryu),  Censer (Kora) in the Form of a Hawk  (detail), c. 1895, silver, shibuichi, shakudo, and gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nidhika and Pershant Mehta; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Mr. Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.; Dr. David Y. Graham; Drew and Laura Tingleaf; Manmeet and Paul Likhari; and Friends of Asian Art.

Aoki Tomonobu (Ichiryu), Censer (Kora) in the Form of a Hawk (detail), c. 1895, silver, shibuichi, shakudo, and gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nidhika and Pershant Mehta; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Mr. Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.; Dr. David Y. Graham; Drew and Laura Tingleaf; Manmeet and Paul Likhari; and Friends of Asian Art.

Kogei, often translated as “craft,” refers to objects of the highest technical sophistication, and it is one of the finest Japanese artistic traditions.

Encompassing metalwork, enamels, wood and ivory carving, lacquer, ceramics, and many other materials, kogei sometimes take the form of small, even functional objects, such as incense burners and tea caddies. As is the tradition, they are meant to be admired and prized as masterpieces and works of art.

Presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), this talk explores both the history and contemporary practice of kogei.

Lecture is FREE with admission to the museum.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet in the American General Conference Room on the Mezzanine Level of the Beck Building.

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Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

JASH 51ST ANNIVERSARY GALA

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To celebrate our 51st Anniversary, JASH will be hosting a gala and silent auction on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Silver Street Studios Warehouse.

In honor of the Olympics being held in Japan in 2020, JASH invites you to an evening exploring Tokyo in Texas. Shop the streets of Ginza, sample sake and sushi in Roppongi, and enjoy dining in the gardens of Rikugien.

この度、皆様の長年に亘るご支援とご協力により、当協会は51周年を迎えることが出来ました。この記念すべき年を皆様と一緒にお祝いさせて頂きたく、Galaとサイレントオークションを、10月4日(日)Silver Street Studios Warehouseで開催致します。

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U.S.-Japan Council & HCC Host Japan Texas Career Fair
Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

U.S.-Japan Council & HCC Host Japan Texas Career Fair

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The U.S.-Japan Council and Houston Community College (HCC), in collaboration with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Japan, are hosting a Japan Texas Career Fair on September 28, 2019.

The fair will focus on assisting companies find qualifies employees or interns to work either in Japan or Texas as well as creating opportunities for students and working professionals to connect with top industry players and launch fulfilling careers in new fields.

Help for those wishing to polish their resumes as well as access to computers, printers, and copy machines will be provided at the event.

**Professional attire and resumes are required as interviews are held on site.**

For more information, visit the U.S.-Japan Council Japan Texas Career Fair website here or contact Ayumi Nagata by email at ANagata@usjapancouncil.org

Register for the event here

For a downloadable copy of the event flyer, click here

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Make your own MANEKI NEKO WORKSHOP

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September 29th (2/29) is Maneki Neko Day. In celebration of this day, JASH’s GEN-J Facilitator, Keiko Tsubokura, is hosting a MANEKI NEKO WORKSHOP. Participants will paint their own original Maneki Neko. The workshop is free but space is limited to twenty (20) people.

Maneki Neko (招き猫) is a common Japanese lucky charm which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. Depending on which paw the Maneki Neko raises, the meanings are said to be different. If the right paw is raised, it symbolizes bringing monetary fortune. Conversely, when the left paw is raised, it signifies bringing people.

The Japanese pronunciation of the number nine (9) is KU (来) which means “come.” The number two (2) is pronounced FU. When put together, the number twenty-nine (29) is pronounced FU KU (福). FUKU means "good luck.” September 29th (2/29) is pronounced as KURU FUKU (来る福) which translates to “Good luck is coming.”

Space is limited. Sign-up today!

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Sep
19
to Sep 29

MEMBER DISCOUNT: HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS LOCALLY GROWN, WORLD RENOWNED

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The Houston Ballet proudly presents Locally Grown, World Renowned at the Brown Theater-Wortham Center from September 19th-29th. The performance will feature World Premieres for Houston Ballet soloist Oliver Halkowich and Disha Zhang.

Discounted tickets are available to JASH members- see dates and times below:

50% Discount on Orchestra Level Seating on September 19th 7:30PM Performance (use code 4311)

25% Discount on September 21st-29th Performances (use code 4312)

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Sep
6
to Sep 15

MEMBER DISCOUNT: HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS GISELLE

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In celebration of the 1967 season that brought the company to international acclaim, Houston Ballet proudly presents Giselle at the Brown Theater-Wortham Center from September 6th-15th.

Discounted tickets are available to JASH members- see dates and times below:

25% Discount on September 8th 2:00PM Performance (use code 4309)

25% Discount on September 13th 7:30PM Performance (use code 4309)

50% Discount on Orchestra Level Seating on September 14th 1:30PM Performance (use code 4310)

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Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Theater District Open House

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Join JASH and the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) as we highlight and celebrate the 2019-2020 SPA season at the Theater District Open House.

Experience the theater in an all new way. Enjoy backstage tours, interactive activities with groups such as the Houston Ballet, sing-along shows with Broadway at the Hobby Center, and a FREE performance by the Houston Symphony at 4 pm.

Registration for volunteering at this event is now closed.

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Aug
23
7:10 PM19:10

ASTROS Game Night: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels

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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Come out and support our Houston Astros as they take on Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, August 23.

In celebration of the 36th Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program, the Astros are prepared to offer discounted tickets to this incredibly popular game at $45 per seat in Section 328.

View Minute Maid’s Seating Chart here.

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Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

JASH 51st Annual Member Meeting

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The 2019 JASH Annual Meeting will be held at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at the entrance of the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park.

Enjoy a relaxing evening with fellow JASH members as we review the successes of our 50th anniversary year and highlight the prospects of our 51st.

As a special treat, our 2019 Sister City Youth Ambassadors from Chiba will be in attendance. Please help us to welcome them to Houston.

Food and drinks will be available for all to enjoy.

Register by Wednesday, August 14 through the form below. 


Annual Meeting Registration Form

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Name
Membership *

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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

FILM SCREENING: PORTRAITS OF THE RAINBOW

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In partnership with QFest, the Holocaust Museum Houston’s young professional’s group NEXTGen will be hosting a screening of Asia’s top fashion photographer Leslie Kee’s ambitious goal of capturing images of 10,000 LGBTQs throughout Japan and supporting them through the “Out in Japan” campaign in Portraits of the Rainbow.

The film follows Kee as he takes the first 1,000 photographs, connecting the audience with two women struggling to raise their child in an unsupportive society, a young, gay university professor who continues to fight the stigma of HIV-positives, and a trans-gender man who strives to embrace his identity while mourning his late partner lost to suicide.

Watch Trailer

  • Director – Ayumi Nakagawa

  • Released - 2019

  • Language – Japanese with English subtitles

  • Running Time - 78 minutes

Tickets are $10. Register to attend through the link below:

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

International Champions Cup | FC Bayern vs. Real Madrid

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Japanese soccer sensation Takefusa KUBO is coming to Houston!

Having just been selected as a member of the Real Madrid pre-season training camp squad, KUBO will join the team facing FC Bayern in the International Champions Cup, which will be held at Houston’s NRG Stadium on July 20.

At only 18 years of age, KUBO has already been dubbed the “Japanese Messi” and is the youngest player to ever play in the J. League. In a statement released by Real Madrid, they note,

“Real Madrid…will have one of the most promising young players in world football. An attacking midfielder of excellent technique, very skilled, with vision of game, great dribble and goal.”

Thanks to an offer from our friends at the Houston Texans, JASH members will receive 10% off any International Champions Cup ticket in NRG stadium. Link on the button and use code BUYNOW.

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Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Sister Cities International Conference - Opening Ceremony & Parade of Flags

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Interested in connecting with community leaders, citizen diplomats, and like-minded volunteers but unable to attend all of the 2019 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in Houston?

Join the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags, which will be held on George R. Brown Convention Center on Thursday, July 18. The opening will feature Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Sister Cities International Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Prize Recipient.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

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Jul
17
to Jul 19

Sister Cities International Conference - Cities Mean Business

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Houston is host of the Sister Cities International (SCI) Annual Conference celebrating peace through people-to-people relationships.

The theme of the 63rd annual gathering, “Cities Mean Business,” correlates with SCI Mission: to be the Global Resource for International Cities.

This conference will:

  • Help SCI relationships spark business opportunities

  • Provide practical networking and collaboration tools

  • Integrate Global Citizenship with NxtGen and Young Professionals Model success in Africa, China, Germany, Japan and Mexico


SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

  • 7:30am | Registration

  • 8:00am | Africa Summit Begins (offsite, All Day)

  • 8:00am | US-China Mayor’s Summit Begins (All Day)

  • 6:00pm | Global Leaders Circle and VIP Reception

THURSDAY, JULY 18

  • 7:30am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:15am | Opening Flag Ceremony

  • 11:00am | Board Candidates Forum

  • 12:00pm | Lunch (Keynote: Marie Royce)

  • 1:30pm | Conference Break-out Tracks(T1) Business and Diplomacy; (T2) Culture is Business; and (T3) Unique Cities

    • 1:30pm | (T1) Online Gaming; (T2) Music Diplomacy; (T3) Port/Coastal Cities

    • 2:30pm | (T1) Diplomacy Through Sports; (T2) The Business of Art (Dance/Folk/Digital); (T3) Innovation Through Adversity/Resilience

    • 3:30pm | Annual Board Meeting and Election of Officers

  • 5:30pm | Mayor’s City Welcome Reception (offsite)

FRIDAY, JULY 19

  • 7:30am | Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:00am | Diplomatic Briefings (Plenary)

  • 9:00am | Global Awareness Tea Regional Presentations

  • 10:45am | Conference Break-out Tracks: (T1) Sister Cities How-To’s; (T2) Mayors How-To’s; and (T3) Partnership How-To’s

  • 11:30am Lunch (Keynote TBD)

  • 1:00pm | Conference Break-out Tracks: (T1) Human Trafficking in MY Town?; (T2) New NLC Partnerships; and (T3) Partnering with Rotary

  • 2:00pm | (T1) The ABC’s of SCI

    • 2:30pm | US-Mexico Mini Summit (to 5:30pm)

    • 2:30pm |US-Germany Mini Summit (to 5:30pm)

  • 3:00pm | (T1) Working with Your Consulate

  • 4:00pm | Youth Leadership Summit Final Simulation

  • 6:00pm | Conference Cocktail Reception

  • 7:00pm | Annual Awards Dinner and Gala


FEES

Member Full Registration | $575
Non Member Full Registration | $675
Young Professional Full Registration (35 and under) | $375
China-U.S. Mayors’ Summit Add-on | $125
Africa Forum Add-on | $125

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Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Tanabata Star Festival 2019

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kamishibai: Experience Tanabata 七夕 with traditional storytelling in Kids’ Hall.

  • Tanzaku: Make a wish, write it down on a wish card, and hang it on a bamboo tree in Kids’ Hall.

  • Origami: Master the art of Japanese paper folding by making stars in Kids’ Hall.

JASH and the CGJ need your help making sure the event goes off without a hitch!  Sign up to volunteer below.  One (1) volunteer shift, from 11AM-4PM, with a 30-min break is available.


TANABATA 2019

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Please register by July 1.

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Jun
4
8:30 AM08:30

Beyond 2020: Paving the Way for the Next Generation and U.S.-Japan Collaboration

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The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel to the governments of Japan and the United States, is convening a symposium for industry leaders, educators, government officials and citizen diplomats to examine developments in science, technology and business.

Please join CULCON for a discussion of how Americans and Japanese can work together to solve shared challenges, and how to nurture the next generation of U.S.-Japan leadership.

SCHEDULE

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration

  • 9:00-9:25 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Mr. Harry Hill, Outside Director and Member of the Board, New Business Development, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc.; Chair, U.S. CULCON Panel

Ambassador Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador to the United States; Chair, Japan CULCON Panel

Hon. Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston (invited)

  • 9:25-10:30 a.m. Blazing Trails in Space and Beyond*

Moderator: Dr. Patricia Maclachlan, Professor of Government and Asian Studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Stephanie Wilson, Astronaut, NASA (invited);

Ms. Josefina Salazar, Brooke Owens Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

  • 10:45-11:50 a.m. Shaping the Future: High Tech and Design Innovations*

Moderator: Dr. Kaoru (Kay) Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Spencer Cronk, City Manager, City of Austin (invited);

Mr. Ben Ramirez III, Vice President and Executive Director, Center for Global Trade at the World Affairs Council of Austin; CEO of Cogitare Global, LLC;

Ms. Kay Firth-Butterfield, Executive Director, AI Austin (invited);

  • 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); Vice Chair, U.S. CULCON Panel

Dr. Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo; President, Japanese Association for American Studies; Vice Chair, Japan CULCON Panel

Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided

RSVP Required by May 28:

*additional panelists TBA

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Japan Festival 2019

Mark your calendars!  Houston's much beloved JAPAN FESTIVAL will be returning to Hermann Park April 13-14, 2019!

As we celebrate 26 YEARS and mark the end of the HEISEI era, the festival promises family-friendly fun with authentic food, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits and demonstrations.  For details and programming highlights are to come, visit houstonjapanfest.org for information. 

第26回ジャパン・フェスティバルは、2019年4月13-14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。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
13
10:00 AM10:00

Japan Festival 2019

Mark your calendars!  Houston's much beloved JAPAN FESTIVAL will be returning to Hermann Park April 13-14, 2019!

As we celebrate 26 YEARS and mark the end of the HEISEI era, the festival promises family-friendly fun with authentic food, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits and demonstrations.  For details and programming highlights are to come, visit houstonjapanfest.org for information. 

第26回ジャパン・フェスティバルは、2019年4月13-14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。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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Mar
30
8:30 AM08:30

2019 Spring Garden Cleanup

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

This year's Spring Garden Cleanup is ever more special, as we will be preparing the grounds for Japan Festival's 26th Anniversary Celebration - On Your Mark…TOKYO!

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

To join the efforts, please complete the form below.


Name *
Name
JASH Membership *

毎年恒例になりました、春の日本庭園清掃が、3月30日(土)午前8時半より 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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Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

2019 Texas State Japanese Speech Contest

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The 30th installment of the Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on March 23, 2019.

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 2019 State Speech Contest, please review the contest handbook.

Registration will be open from February 25 - March 1, 2019.


COMPETITION SCHEDULE

  • 9:30 AM - Judge Orientation

  • 11:00 AM - STUDENT REGISTRATION

  • 12:00 AM - OPENING CEREMONY

  • 12:30 AM - COMPETITION PART I

    • AURORA

    • HAIKU

  • 2:10 PM - COMPETITION PART II

    • FREE SPEECH COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY

    • POETRY

    • OPEN

  • 5:00 PM - AWARDS CEREMONY


SPONSORS

  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston

  • Japan Business Association of Houston

  • Japanese Association of Greater Houston

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Mar
19
11:30 AM11:30

NAJAS/Keizai Koho Center Business Speaker Series

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JASH will be serving as NAJAS/Keizai Koho Center Business Speaker Series host to highlight the 2015 $7.5 billion merger of Tokio Marine (TM) and Houston-based HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. to form Tokio Marine HCC.

Tokio Marine North America, Inc. President & CEO Yasu Fukuda will be speaking to TM Group's global strategy, and Tokio Marine HCC President William Burke will be speaking to the synergy and merit of joining the TM Group.

Helping to put Tokio Marine's acquisition of HCC in context will be Yasuhiro Uozumi, Executive Director of KEIDANREN USA.  Mr. Uozumi will be speaking to Japanese economic growth and the overall trends in Japanese investment in the US,

KEIDANREN USA is the U.S. liaison entity for KEIDANREN, the Japan Business Federation. KEIDANREN is a comprehensive Japanese economic organization with a broad membership consisting of 1,329 Japanese companies, 109 industry associations, and 47 regional economic organizations. KEIDANREN USA’s office is located in Washington, DC. Its core mission is to facilitate more engagement by the Japanese business sector with the U.S. policy making community, and to promote the very real contributions (in terms of investment and jobs) being made by Japanese companies to the U.S. economy.

For information on purchasing tickets/tables, please see below.


SCHEDULE

11:00 | Registration

11:30 | Program & Lunch


TICKETS

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

*includes lunch


TABLES OF TEN

$500 Member Table*
$600 General Public Table*

*includes lunch for 10 & listing as an event sponsor


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Feb
16
11:30 AM11:30

2019 Houston Regional Japanese Speech Contest

  • University of St. Thomas - ANDERSON HALL 103 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Houston Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest will take place on February 16, 2019.

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 30th Annual Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest. 

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

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

Click here to register online.  Registration will remain open through February 1, 2019.


CONTEST SCHEDULE

11:30AM - REGISTRATION

12:00PM - OPENING CEREMONY

12:30PM - COMPETITION BEGINS

  • POETRY RECITATION

  • FREE SPEECH HIGH SCHOOL AURORA

  • HAIKU

  • FREE SPEECH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

4:30PM - AWARDS CEREMONY


EVENT SUPPORTER

Consulate-General of Japan in Houston

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Jan
31
to Feb 7

Shoplifters - Manbiki Kazoku

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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At long last, the winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or - Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazuko) - will be making its Houston debut.

JASH is honored to support The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as they present the highly acclaimed film in six (6) screenings from January 31 through February 7.

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s most recent masterpiece unveils a compassionate and complicated story of a Japanese family that subsidizes its working-class existence with petty thefts.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant, Osamu’s wife agrees to help after learning of the hardships the girl has faced. Although the family makes barely enough money to survive, they stay happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets. 

Shoplifters—which has been nominated for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film—has garnered nearly unanimous rave reviews. 

“Steals in and snatches your heart.” —The Telegraph

“A work of such emotional delicacy, you’re barely prepared when it knocks you sideways.” —Los Angeles Times

A masterpiece.” —Wall Street Journal

My favorite movie of the year so far.” —filmmaker Ava Duvernay

Listen to a Film Comment podcast on “families on film.”

Read an interview with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

  • Director - Hirokazu Kore-eda

  • Released - 2018

  • Country - Japan

  • Language - Japanese with English subtitles

  • Running Time - 120 minutes

  • Website - https://www.shopliftersfilm.com/



PARKING

Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

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Jan
25
11:30 AM11:30

Japan Update Houston Conference 2019

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JASH is pleased to present the Fourth Annual Japan Update Houston Conference, on Friday, January 25, 2019.

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 impact of U.S-Japan energy partnerships on our area.

With the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership having recently been formed, the United States and Japan have emphasized their commitment to strengthening energy security and promoting energy access. The partnership has become ever more meaningful as U.S. and Japan companies jointly prepare for openings of LNG hubs in our area.

Join distinguished guests and industry leaders for an in-depth look at Japan's energy policies and U.S.-Japan energy partnerships in the face of profound change in the energy sector.


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Mr. Farhad AHRABI, Ph.D.

    CEO, Cameron LNG, LLC

  • Mr. Ryo MANABE, Ph.D.

    Director, President, INPEX Americas, Inc.

  • Mr. Nobuo TANAKA

    Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

    Former Executive Director, The International Energy Agency (IEA)

Click here to view speaker bios.


TICKETS

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

*includes lunch


TABLES OF TEN

$500 Member Table*
$600 General Public Table*

*includes lunch for 10 & listing as an event sponsor


SUPPORTING PARTNERS


OFFICIAL AIRLINE


EVENT SPONSORS

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Jan
20
8:00 AM08:00

Houston Marathon Hoopla Brigade

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Every year, more than 25,000 racers from across the globe descend upon Houston for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

As runners tackle Houston’s highly acclaimed course, JASH will be joining the more than 250,000 supporters and spectators in sharing Houston’s hospitality.

Come help us cheer on the runners - including Japan’s marathon record holder Suguru OSAKO, the Consul-General of Japan in Houston and JASH’s President and Vice President - to the finish line in Japanese fashion!

JASH has been placed on MILE 7 of the course at the intersection of Bissonnet & Hazard in front of Picnic Box Lunches, and we can expect to see runners pass through this location from around 8:30AM. Please click here to view the 2019 course map with road closures. 

To join the JASH HOOPLA BRIGADE, please complete the form below. 

Should you wish to register as a group, please contact Ikuyo Katayama at ikatayama@jas-hou.org.

We look forward to seeing you on January 20!

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sister Cities of Houston Fall Concert

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On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., Sister Cities of Houston presents its 2018 Annual Fall Concert “Sister Cities – Citizen to Citizen Diplomacy” at MATCH. The Fall Concert is an annual international variety show that features local and international performers from Houston and its 18 Sister Cities to celebrate how arts and culture empower communication across communities.

2018 performances include:

Ballet Folklorico Raices del Peru, Peruvian Cultural Dance, Xena Aouita vocalist who draws inspiration from her Moroccan roots, Langham Creek Choir, Solero Flamenco, Houston’s premier flamenco performance company, Dance of Asian America, Chinese cultural dance.

Admission of $25 includes the Annual Fall Concert and a reception with the performers and international dignitaries immediately following the show. To purchase tickets, go to www.matchouston.org or call 713-521-4533.

Sister Cities International was created by President Eisenhower to help build the road to enduring peace and prosperity between people from different communities around the globe.

Each year, the founding organization, Sister Cities International, selects a new host city for the prestigious Annual Conference, which highlights Sister Cities’ mission. Houston has been selected to host the 2019 Sister Cities International Annual Conference.

VIP tickets are $100 each and include a private reception with the Mayor and sponsors prior to the event from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Sponsorships are available for next year’s SCI convention in Houston. To obtain VIP tickets and for sponsorships, please contact Kham Vargas @ Kham.Vargas@eastwestbank.com. A Silent Auction is planned from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Gallery. For more information go to www.sistercitieshouston.org


About Sister Cities of Houston

Houston Sister Cities of Houston includes 18 international cities: Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Chiba, Grampian Region, Guayaquil, Huelva, Istanbul, Karachi, Leipzig, Luanda, Nice, Perth, Shenzhen, Stavanger, Taipei, Tampico and Tyumen.

Sister Cities Houston is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization created to develop and implement programs and activities that connect the cities on mutually beneficial matters.

Reflecting the vision of Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of Houston was established to promote the values of sister city relationships which include citizen-based international understanding, cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.

Sister Cities of Houston’s goals are to raise awareness in the community about Houston’s 18 relationships as well as support the activities of the individual sister city associations, which involve developing intercultural appreciation, promoting international trade and commerce, and increasing tourism.

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