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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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