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Bon Odori Rehearsal

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Bon Odori Rehearsal

Today’s post concerns a special gathering organized in part by JASM. On Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., the Bon Odori Dance Team, who will be performing during the Obon Festival, is going to rehearse and is inviting anybody to come join them to learn and practice the dance! Individuals who are unable to attend the Obon Festival are also invited to come. The Bon Odori dance is a traditional dance performed at festivals all over Japan to welcome the spirits of ancestors during the Obon festival. Place: Salem Lutheran Church 610 West 28th street Minneapolis 55408 https://goo.gl/maps/T2N2ceDRkvm Time: 6.30 p.m. We hope you can come to...

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Como Park Obon Festival 2018: Volunteers Wanted Notice

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Como Park Obon Festival 2018: Volunteers Wanted Notice

JASM is searching for volunteers for the year’s annual Obon Festival on Sunday, August 19th! These volunteers help with a variety of tasks, from assisting in the festival set-up process to manning our various booths (specifics can be found below). Please stay tuned for more details! Please complete this google form so we can gather the availability and other essential information of our potential volunteers. Volunteers receive complimentary admission to this event, and gain a great opportunity to meet new people while helping the community. Volunteers will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis, and JASM members are a priority. If you would like to become...

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Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events, Featured, General | 0 comments

Como Park Obon Festival: Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 Event Information 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Location: Como Zoo Park History The Obon Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August.  Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food.  The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and familal event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their living families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and small paper lanterns are often lit and...

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Harukaze 2018: Musical and Floral Metamorphosis, Sunday, June 10

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Harukaze 2018: Musical and Floral Metamorphosis, Sunday, June 10

We invite you to the 2018 Harukaze “Spring Wind” Concert presenting Cerulean Fire and the Sogetsu Ikebana Group in a program titled Musical and Floral Metamorphosis: Premiere Concerto for Four Harpsichords and Strings.   Come celebrate spring with JASM on Sunday, June 10th at the Park Square Theater for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience! The foyer of the Park Square Theater will be decorated by the Sogetsu Ikebana Group in a showcase of ikebana displays that capture the feeling of jubilation that arrives hand-in-hand with the long-awaited arrival of spring. The musical side of Harukaze echoes this theme by presenting pieces by Astor Piazzolla,...

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Please Help JASM to Grow with a Donation During December!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Featured, Fundraising, General | 0 comments

Please Help JASM to Grow with a Donation During December!

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is in its 45th year as a Society with a mission to bring the people of Japan and the United States closer together through cultural, educational and business events and programs in Minnesota. In order to continue to thrive as an organization, we need to grow by being flexible to changes in our community, try new ideas and reach out to new audiences. Everyone has a part in building and sustaining JASM into the future. Many of you have given a donation in addition to your annual membership. For these donations, we want to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. For others, please consider giving JASM an end-of-the-year...

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Shinnenkai 2018 – Japanese New Year Celebration-

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Events, Featured, General | 0 comments

Shinnenkai 2018 – Japanese New Year Celebration-

Are you longing for the unique Japanese New Year celebrations or would you like to experience that for the first time? The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) is proud to be bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of Japanese New Year celebrations to Minnesota through our Shinnenkai event. About Shinnenkai 2018: Shinnenkai is an annual event which endeavors to bring the traditions of New Year celebrations as they are conducted in Japan to Minnesota. We will be promoting  cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment with performances, delicious Japanese food, a silent auction, and fun for children too. We hope to create a fun family atmosphere that...

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