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.


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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

  • Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (map)
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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


MADE POSSIBLE BY:

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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)
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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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Volunteer Service Hours Certificate Needed *
Please let us know if you are in need of documentation for volunteer service hours worked.
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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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Nov
17
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup

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

 

Join the annual Fall Japanese Garden Cleanup and help us tidy the teahouse and groom the garden grounds!

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

To join in efforts, please complete the form below. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Name *
Name

 

毎年恒例になりました、秋の日本庭園清掃が、11月17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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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

JASH 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

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

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

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

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

1968年以来、ヒューストン日米協会(JASH)は、ヒューストン地区の日本人とアメリカ人の絆をより深く強固なものにするため、積極的に活動を行ってきた唯一の団体です。

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

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

当協会の教育、ビジネス、文化事業の更なる充実と発展のため、JASH50周年記念GALAへのご支援とご協力を心よりお願い致します。GALA詳細は、下記のボタンをクリックしてご覧下さい。

皆様のご参加をお待ち申し上げます。

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Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association 25th Anniversary Luncheon
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association 25th Anniversary Luncheon

  • The Westin Memorial City | Wisteria Room (map)
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JASH is pleased to support the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association as they commemorate 25 years of greater understanding of Japanese culture through the “way of tea.”

To mark this milestone, a tea demonstration and luncheon will be held at The Westin Memorial City Wisteria Room on Saturday, October 20.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by check made payable to:

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association

11403 Regency Green Drive.

Cypress, TX 77429

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Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association 25th Anniversary Conference
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association 25th Anniversary Conference

  • Rice University - Building 21 Rice Memorial Center | Grand Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
JASH is pleased to support the  Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association  as they commemorate 25 years of greater understanding of Japanese culture through the “way of tea.”  Free presentations on tea will be held in the Rice Memorial Center Grand Hall on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 1PM to 3:45PM. RSVP to Ingrid Hill at  ingridh@colechem.com .

JASH is pleased to support the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston Association as they commemorate 25 years of greater understanding of Japanese culture through the “way of tea.”

Free presentations on tea will be held in the Rice Memorial Center Grand Hall on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 1PM to 3:45PM. RSVP to Ingrid Hill at ingridh@colechem.com.

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Oct
4
to Oct 7

Texas Contemporary Art Fair

  • George R. Brown Convention Center (map)
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Texas Contemporary Art Fair returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center this October 4th through 7th for its seventh edition, with compelling presentations of modern and contemporary art pulling from dealers and designers from around the world.

Expanding this year to accommodate seventy-five exhibitors, Texas Contemporary Art Fair 2018 will be Houston's premier art fair.

As JASH is serving as a fair Cultural Partner, members can download their Complimentary 1-Day Pass here.  1-Day Tickets provide FREE entry to one day of Texas Contemporary Art Fair during public hours. 

To learn more at the fair, visit txcontemporary.com.

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Sep
27
to Sep 30

Kusama - Infinity

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) is bringing to Houston the poignant and compelling new film profiling the life and career of octogenarian artist Yayoi Kusama (born 1929).

Leaving her conservative Japanese family for New York in the 1960s, Kusama became incredibly prolific, persevering despite constant sexism from the art-world establishment. Kusama movingly tells her own story through interviews, archival films, and her extraordinary art, including her return to Japan and late-career resurgence.

Reflecting on her experiences, the artist says: “No matter how I may suffer for my art, I will have no regrets.”

Hear the director at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Read about Yayoi Kusama in the “Atlantic.”


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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Avery Brundage and Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Beck Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Cranes,  Kano Ujinobu, (1616 – 1669), One of a pair of six panel folding screens, Ink, colors, and gold on paper, The Avery Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Cranes, Kano Ujinobu, (1616 – 1669), One of a pair of six panel folding screens, Ink, colors, and gold on paper, The Avery Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

San Francisco serves as the home for the Avery Brundage Collection of Asian Art. From his early life in the industrial cities of the Midwest to his leadership of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage led a life of international prominence and fame that exposed him to some of the world’s greatest works of art. With the assistance of scholar and connoisseur Rene-Yvon d'Argence during the middle of the 20th century, Brundage amassed one of America’s most prominent collections of Japanese art. 

This talk given by Dr. Robert Mintz, Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, explores Brundage’s history as a collector of Japanese art and features some of the works that have made the collection, now housed in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, worthy of its fame as one of America’s great collections of Japanese art.

**The program will take place on the mezzanine level of the MFAH Beck Building.  Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

Admission is FREE with registration.

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Presented in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the National Association of Japan-America Societies with the support of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission


DR. ROBERT MINTZ

Robert Mintz, a scholar of Japanese Art with a deep interest in cross-cultural artistic traditions, is the Deputy Director of Art & Programs at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

Mintz's career began as a visiting professor at Central Washington University and the University of Washington, and the gallery director and a lecturer at Seattle University.

In 2006, he joined the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore as a curator in the museum’s Asian art department and rose to the role of chief curator, assembling exhibitions about Japanese decorative arts, contemporary Asian art, and woodblock prints, among other topics.

Mintz has also written books about Japanese ceramics.

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Jul
26
5:30 PM17:30

Japan US Military Program (JUMP) Reception

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

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


Featured Speakers

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

Distinguished Guests

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

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

Dress is business casual or Service equivalent.

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Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

FILM SCREENING: BORN WITH IT

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

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

Watch the trailer.

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

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

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

BORN WITH IT AWARDS & FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY

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

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tanabata Star Festival 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TANABATA 2018

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

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

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FIREWORKS - Special 3-day Theatrical Event
Jul
3
to Jul 7

FIREWORKS - Special 3-day Theatrical Event

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

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

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

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

  • Director - Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi
  • Producer - Genki Kawamura
  • Based on - Shunji Iwai's Fireworks TV Drama
  • Released -  2017
  • Language  -  English dubbed
  • Running Time  -  90 minutes
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Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Eagle and the Hawk

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

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

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

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Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Winner

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

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

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

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Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

JASH Annual Member Meeting

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A special occasion calls for a special venue!

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

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

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

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

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


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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Umetsugu Inoue - The Stormy Man

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

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

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

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

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