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2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner

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Join over 250 of the Puget Sound area's business leaders for the Japan-Amercia Society's Annual Meeting and Dinner.

Promote your organization through networking, sponsorship, and other opportunites and gain exposure to the area's most prominent companies in the Japan-Washington State economic arena.

The Society will also honor a community member with the presentation of the Sixth Annual Thomas S. Foley Award. Presented for long-term service to the business and cultural relationship between Washtington State and Japan, the honoree as well as this year's Keynote Speaker will be announced shortly.

DATE:
Tuesday, April 12th

TIME:
5:00 - 6:00 Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 Registration and Pre-Dinner Reception
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner and Award Ceremony

LOCATION:
Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle Waterfront

Table Sponsorship Opportunties Available
Private Table of 10 for $1400. For other sponsorship opportunites, please contact Erika Fiebig at efiebig@jassw.org.

Individual Tickets - JAS Members $99 until March 22 ($115 after)
Non-Members $130

REGISTRATION:

Click here for Table Sponsorships and Individual Tickets.

Click here to become a JAS member.


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Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Escape from the clamor of daily life to refresh yourself in the serenity of an environment dedicated to the pursuit of art and beauty.

Let's join us a Japanese tea ceremony staged in an authentic tea room and learn to navigate the complex role of guest while enjoying a frothy bowl of whipped powdered green tea and a seasonal Kyoto-style sweet.

An informal discussion of the purpose, cultural context, and contemporary relevance of this influential 400-year-old art form will be supplemented by a Q&A session at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Presenters are licensed Urasenke tea instructors with over sixty years combined tea experience.

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, March 19, 2011
From 2:00 to 4:00pm

LOCATION:
Urasenke Foundation Seattle Office and Tearooms
5125 40th Ave NE
Seattle, WA

INSTRUCTORS:
Bonnie Soshin Mitchell
Timothy Sowa Olson

FEES:
JAS Members $30
Non-Members $35

REGISTRATION:

Click here
to register. For questions, efiebig@jassw.org or (206)-374-1080.

NOTES:
Dress is kimono or business attire. Guests should bring a clean pair of white socks to wear in the tearoom. Jewelry, especially rings and watches, are not worn in the tea environment, nor are noticeable scents. Guests should be prepared to enjoy tea in the kneeling (seiza) position.
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Seattle Camera Club @ Henry Art Gallery

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SHADOWS OF A FLEETING WORLD: PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE SEATTLE CAMERA CLUB

Two aesthetics merged in the Seattle Camera Club, pictorial photography and Japanese traditional art. Pictorial photographers used a blurry focus, altered the photo during development, and captured emotions in a style that took its cue from the painting of the era.

Photography was the rage in the 1920's and Seattle's first group was founded by Japanese Immigrants, who were denied citizenship, and went on to dominate exhibitions and win numerous prizes.

After its establishment, members were given Photo-Era magazine's inaugural trophy for the club whose members had won the most of the magazine's monthly competitions. The excellence of their work is revealed in a statistic from 1928: out of 785 prints hung on display in the three Pacific States, 762 were by Japanese photographers.

Active until 1929, the result of the Depression, the monthly newsletter and output of its membership give the material for the Henry Art Gallery's "Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and Seattle Camera Club".

A JASSW reception on March 31st will provide a private tour guided by the author of a new book on the group and discussion over light refreshments. Reserve your spot early, admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

DATE:
March 31, 2011

TIME:
5:30 Registration
6:00 Reception begins
6:30 Private tour with David Martin
7:15 Latecomers tour with Henry guide
8:00 Reception ends, guests welcome in the
gallery until 9:00 closing

LOCATION:
Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE &. NE 41st
Seattle, WA 98195

COST:
$15 members, $20 non-members, includes museum admission

REGISTRATION:

Click here
to register. For questions, efiebig@jassw.org or (206)-374-1080.


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Interview with Sam Shepherd

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Sam Shepherd is interviewed by an intern (Keiko Eguchi) of the Japan America Society of the State of Washington.

Mr. Shepherd discusses his connection with Japan.

He is the recipient of " The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" for 2010 which is an award given by the Emperor of Japan for dedication to international educational exchange.

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Seattle's Cherry Blossoms in Space!

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From the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle:

There are many famous cherry blossoms in Japan and the United States. How, then, did Seattle's become the first cherry blossoms to bloom in space?

You can find the answer by watching the video that is linked on the Consulate-General of Japan's website: Click here for the article in English.
Click here for the article in Japanese.

The video is 6 minutes long and includes the process of how Seattle's cherry blossoms reached space, how the blossoms were picked in Seattle, and how astronauts Naoko Yamazaki and Soichi Noguchi felt viewing the Seattle cherry blossoms on the International Space Station.
2010 is the 150th anniversary of the first official delegation sent by Japan to the U.S., and the cherry blossom is viewed as a symbol of Japanese-American relations. Therefore, the flowers blooming on the International Space Station, also a symbol of international cooperation, signifies the close relationship that exists between the two countries.

Please enjoy the video.
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US-Japan Relations in the "Cloud"

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Hey, everyone.

Jim Foster, Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Japan, gave a fantastic presentation to Society members and guests last Friday. He talked about the coming "Cloud" in the computing world and the issues facing both Japan and the USA in getting ready for this new way of doing business. Click here for the White Paper produced by an ACCJ working group chaired by Jim.

Mark Smith
Executive Director, JAS
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Welcome to the new JASSW website!

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Hello and Welcome to the JASSW's new Blog and Website! It's a new year and this website launch is a great start for the JASSW. I am particularly happy to see this project come to life because after joining the Board of Directors 2 years ago. My first goal was to build a new website for the JASSW. After a year of persuading the Executive committee, as many of you know I can be pretty tenacious (which is a nice way of saying pushy), I was given the green light to start the Marketing committee at the beginning of 2009. Of course my first order of business was to create this site.

It is always such a pleasure to see something you worked so hard for come to life. To me the importance of having an attractive and functional web site for any organization is paramount. As I told the Board of Directors, "In this age of multi media, a web site is the new 'store front' for businesses and organizations everywhere."

However this site would have never happened with out the support of the BOD, the JASSW staff and PSP who graciously worked with all our requests and gave us a great deal along with donating time and resources. With out making this sound like an advertisement, I would like to point out that PSP was an absolute pleasure to work with, totally professional and did everything they could to make us happy. Thank you guys so much!

Also a very special thanks goes out to the following individuals who worked very hard to make this site come to life ...
The Members of the Marketing Committee; Linda Soloman, Megumi Kobayashi, and Andrew Taylor, Owner of the Soy Source.
The Staff at JASSW; Rebecca Retzler, Megan Bernard, Akiko Olson and Executive Director for the JASSW Mark Smith.
From PSP; Mayumi Nakamura President / CEO and Yuka Tokusashi, our Project Coordinator.

And last but not least; Dennis Yamashita Chairman of the JASSW for his enthusiastic support of this project.
So PLEASE take some time and look over our new site! I believe you will find it very informative, easy to navigate, interactive and nice to view. As with every website it will always be a work in progress. I would love to hear your input and will be happy to take any suggestions you may have to make it better.

With all that said I hope to see you at the JASSW Shinnenkai this tuesday January 19th to celebrate another year of the JASSW! It's always fun to meet new faces and spend time with friends at these events. Remember you don't need to be a member to attend but beware once you spend time with us you'll want to be one! I Wish you all a Happy New Year!

- Tim Bishop, President, Nandemoya, Inc.

Check out the new website here: www.jassw.org
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Henry Art Gallery

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Henry Art Gallery
The members of JAS gathered for the tour which was held at Henry Art Gallery last Thursday to explore the collection of photographs that were taken by the Japanese immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century. The collection of the works that were exhibited at the gallery is called the Shadows of a Fleeting World and these photographs were selected by the central members of the Seattle Camera Club which was founded in the year of 1924, starring Frank Kunishige and Iwao Matsushita. David F. Martin, the author of Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club who devoted his career to research and write a book about the Japanese photographs gave a complementary tour around the gallery. His informative explanation to each of the photographs helped to understand the exchange between Eastern and Western artistic traditions expressed by the Japanese immigrants in the medium of photography. The photographs also illustrate the early decades of the twentieth century in Seattle. The event was a great opportunity for the JAS members to update their current status as well as taking pleasure from the exhibited art works.
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Henry Art Gallery

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Henry Art Gallery
The members of JAS gathered for the tour which was held at Henry Art Gallery last Thursday to explore the collection of photographs that were taken by the Japanese immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century. The collection of the works that were exhibited at the gallery is called the Shadows of a Fleeting World and these photographs were selected by the central members of the Seattle Camera Club which was founded in the year of 1924, starring Frank Kunishige and Iwao Matsushita. David F. Martin, the author of Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club who devoted his career to research and write a book about the Japanese photographs gave a complementary tour around the gallery. His informative explanation to each of the photographs helped to understand the exchange between Eastern and Western artistic traditions expressed by the Japanese immigrants in the medium of photography. The photographs also illustrate the early decades of the twentieth century in Seattle. The event was a great opportunity for the JAS members to update their current status as well as taking pleasure from the exhibited art works.
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