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Attention to Sounders fans!

Going to Sounders game tomorrow? Please join us!

The Seattle Sounders FC will partner with the American Red Cross to collect donations for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami this Tuesday, March 15 at Qwest Field.

We will participate in this fund-raising efforts at the stadium.
If you see us is a Red Cross jacket, please make a donation!

For more information, click here to see see Sounders's news release.

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Seattle Japan Relief

SeattleJapanRelief is an collaboration of Japanese American and Japan related cultural, educational, and civic organizations standing together to promote relief and recovery following the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. We are committed to mobilizing funds quickly in support of immediate relief efforts. We are also steadfast in our resolve to remain involved with long-term recovery efforts.

Please visit

Below is a list of contributing organizations:

AiShinKai, LLC
Fuji Bakery
Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association / Aki Matsuri
The Hyogo Business and Cultural Center
The Hyogo Club New York (Hyogo Kenjinkai NY)
The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Japanese Business Association of Seattle
The Japanese Community Service of Seattle
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Japanese Presbyterian Church
Kawabe Memorial House
Megumi Pre-School
The North American Post
Nikkei Concerns
Nisei Veterans
Nisei Veterans Committee
Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation
Okinawa Kenjin Kai
Pacific Northwest Budo Association
Pacific Northwest Japanese American Citizens League
Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee
Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
Seattle Kishu Club
Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai
Seattle University International Student Center
YMCA of Greater Seattle

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Message about the Japan Earthquake

We were shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life and damage caused by yesterday's devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. We know that many of you have relatives and friends in Japan, and our hearts go out to those who have been affected. The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington extends its deepest sympathies to all concerned during this difficult time.

How you can help:

Peace Winds America is accepting donations through their website.

Click to give an online donation.

The Red Cross is also accepting donations by text and through their website.

Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The charge will appear on you next mobile phone bill.

Click to give an online donation.

The Consulate General of Japan in Seattle's website has information in English and Japanese. Information in Japanese is also available at Jungle City.

People Finder

Google Person Finder: Google has launched its Person Finder for the Japan Earthquake. Users can input information about someone in the service or search it to see if any information is available about someone who might have been impacted by the tsunami. The resource currently has 6,900 records, but it's growing quite rapidly.

NTT Docomo Safety Response: One of Japan's mobile-phone providers is allowing users to input a loved one's mobile phone number into a search to confirm the safety of that person. Think of it as a "message board" of sorts.

KDDI Disaster Message Board: Similar to NTT Docomo's service, the KDDI Disaster Message Board lets people place messages on its service to find out about a loved one's condition. That loved one's safety can then be confirmed via mobile phone or on a PC.

Softbank Message Board: Softbank Disaster Message Board lets people place messages on its service to find out about a loved one's condition. That loved one's safety can then be confirmed via mobile phone or on a PC.

Japan Shelter Map:A Google Map has been created, listing lodging places for people who have been affected by the tsunami to stay the night.

General Info

Google Crisis Response: Google is providing an outstanding resource on its Crisis Response page, listing organizations tracking the earthquakes and tsunami, as well as maps and the latest news surrounding the horrific event.

The Red Cross Tsunami Checklist: The Red Cross Tsunami Checklist has been updated to provide information on preparedness and tips on what to do after a tsunami has hit.

Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet Page: The Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet page delivers several outstanding links and informational guides on the country's response to the tsunami and earthquake.

The Red Cross' Twitter Page: The Red Cross' Twitter account is providing resources for people to learn more about the tsunami and earthquakes. It also lists a number people can call to find information about their loved ones that might have been affected by the event.

Red Cross Newsroom: The American Red Cross' Newsroom page is providing updated information on the tsunami. It also has basic data about the earthquakes.


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2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner

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.

Tuesday, April 12th

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

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

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


Click here for Table Sponsorships and Individual Tickets.

Click here to become a JAS member.


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Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

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.

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

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

Bonnie Soshin Mitchell
Timothy Sowa Olson

JAS Members $30
Non-Members $35


Click here
to register. For questions, or (206)-374-1080.

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.
#Tradition #Culture

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Seattle Camera Club @ Henry Art Gallery


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.

March 31, 2011

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

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

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


Click here
to register. For questions, or (206)-374-1080.


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Interview with Sam Shepherd

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!

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"

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!

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:

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