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Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)

Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) The Society sponsors programs to serve some 1400 American and Japanese nationals interested in business and cultural issues in each nation.

Established in 1930, the Japan America Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, nonpolitical association that "fosters understanding between our two cultures, to cultivate personal friendship between our two people." The Society promotes dialogue, social interaction, cooperation and friendship among its members by serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on economic

Established in 1930, the Japan America Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, nonpolitical association that "fosters understanding between our two cultures, to cultivate personal friendship between our two people." The Society promotes dialogue, social interaction, cooperation and friendship among its members by serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on economic

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Looking for something easy yet cozy this winter? Try out out this recipe for ochazuke this weekend!
01/13/2023

Looking for something easy yet cozy this winter? Try out out this recipe for ochazuke this weekend!

No, your eyes are not fooling you: Lady Liberty is in Tokyo, too! Would you take a picture with Tokyo's Statue of Libert...
01/12/2023

No, your eyes are not fooling you: Lady Liberty is in Tokyo, too! Would you take a picture with Tokyo's Statue of Liberty?

Meet Ken G. Kabira! Get to know our member and learn about his experience at JASC.
01/11/2023

Meet Ken G. Kabira! Get to know our member and learn about his experience at JASC.

Would you take a scenic ride on one of these "slow trains"?
01/10/2023

Would you take a scenic ride on one of these "slow trains"?

Enjoy some crunchy, cozy korokke this weekend!
01/06/2023

Enjoy some crunchy, cozy korokke this weekend!

Cheers to drinking responsibly!
01/04/2023

Cheers to drinking responsibly!

Which of these savory scoops would you try?
01/02/2023

Which of these savory scoops would you try?

This Japanese nikujaga stew, literally meaning "meat and potatoes", is sure to keep you warm and toasty all winter long!...
12/23/2022

This Japanese nikujaga stew, literally meaning "meat and potatoes", is sure to keep you warm and toasty all winter long!

Avoid burnout at this amazing "anti-procrastination café" in Tokyo! Would you visit this café?
12/21/2022

Avoid burnout at this amazing "anti-procrastination café" in Tokyo! Would you visit this café?

Who would have thought that you could find best office space in the middle of a 7/11? Would you try out a Telecube?
12/19/2022

Who would have thought that you could find best office space in the middle of a 7/11? Would you try out a Telecube?

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12/10/2022

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12/05/2022

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12/05/2022
11/23/2022
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11/18/2022

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11/16/2022
Just a few days away, join us to explore the behind-the-scenes creation of "Oishisou!!"! You will also get a chance to f...
11/15/2022

Just a few days away, join us to explore the behind-the-scenes creation of "Oishisou!!"! You will also get a chance to follow a live demo of 2 recipes from the book!

To learn more and register for this free virtual event, held on November 17th (6:00-7:00PM CST), visit:
https://lnkd.in/gTSZ-rqh

We hope to see you on Thursday! 😀

It's hard to believe that we are less than a month away from our first in-person event, since the start of the pandemic!...
11/11/2022

It's hard to believe that we are less than a month away from our first in-person event, since the start of the pandemic! We hope you are as excited as we are; and we want to remind you of the different ways you can support our annual Gala!

Here are 5 different ways:
-1) Attend the Gala or Purchase Sponsorship

-2) Donate a gift certificate and/or item for silent auction

-3) Purchase an advertisement

-4) Make a cash donation (QR CODE)

-5) Volunteer

For more information/details about each option visit: https://jaschicago.org/event/36th-annual-holiday-fundraiser-and-bonenkai/

We appreciate all your support and look forward to seeing you on December 7th!!

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11/11/2022

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post

Attention all lovers of Anime & Food!! Join us on November 17th for a conversation about the making of “Oishisou”, a boo...
11/10/2022

Attention all lovers of Anime & Food!! Join us on November 17th for a conversation about the making of “Oishisou”, a book which features over 60 desserts and Japanese anime. Then get a chance to follow a live demo of 2 recipes from the book!

If you want to learn more and register for this free virtual event, held on November 17th (6:00-7:00 PM CST), visit: https://jaschicago.org/event/oishisou-anime-sweets-book-talk-demo/

We hope to see you there! 😀

11/09/2022
We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our members and guests, in our first in-person event since the pa...
11/04/2022

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our members and guests, in our first in-person event since the pandemic!

The Society is currently seeking 1st shift and 2nd shift volunteers to assist the day of the Gala.

Shift 1 – 5:00-7:30 pm
Shift 2 – 7:15-9:30 pm

Volunteers will assist with registration, passing out auction books, serving as auction room monitors, raffle sales and auction coordination. A light dinner will be provided. All volunteers will also receive a $100 check to help cover transportation costs to and from the Union League Club. We recommend valet parking your car at the Union League Club and/or taking an Uber or Lyft to the venue.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Erika Kono at [email protected] indicating which shift you prefer.

We appreciate your support! 😀

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post
11/03/2022

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post

Meet Kumiko Watanabe! Get to know our member and learn about her experience with JASC.
11/02/2022

Meet Kumiko Watanabe! Get to know our member and learn about her experience with JASC.

Interested in learning how you can support our annual Holiday Fundraiser?Here are 5 different ways!-1) Attend the Gala o...
10/28/2022

Interested in learning how you can support our annual Holiday Fundraiser?

Here are 5 different ways!
-1) Attend the Gala or Purchase Sponsorship

-2) Donate a gift certificate and/or item for silent auction

-3) Purchase an advertisement

-4) Make a cash donation (QR CODE)

-5) Volunteer

For more information/details about each option visit: https://jaschicago.org/event/36th-annual-holiday-fundraiser-and-bonenkai/

We greatly appreciate your support, and we look forward to seeing you on December 7th!!

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post
10/28/2022

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10/26/2022
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10/21/2022

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10/18/2022
Meet Scott Summerville! Get to know our member and learn about his experience at JASC.
10/18/2022

Meet Scott Summerville! Get to know our member and learn about his experience at JASC.

This Thursday, don't forget to join us to hear about the journey and inspiration behind the work of Japanese fashion des...
10/17/2022

This Thursday, don't forget to join us to hear about the journey and inspiration behind the work of Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake!

Visit https://jaschicago.org/event/issey-miyake-poems-of-cloth-stone/ to learn more and register for the free virtual event, held on October 20 from 6-7PM CST.

We hope to see you there! 😀

Only 6 days away, get a chance to hear from SAIC Professor and Fashion Resource Center Director Gillion Carrara! Carrara...
10/13/2022

Only 6 days away, get a chance to hear from SAIC Professor and Fashion Resource Center Director Gillion Carrara! Carrara will speak to us about the journey and inspirations behind the work of Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Visit https://jaschicago.org/event/issey-miyake-poems-of-cloth-stone/ to register and learn more about this free virtual event, held on October 20 from 6-7PM CST.

We hope to see you there! 😀

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post
10/13/2022

Photos from Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)'s post

On November 10, join us and Japanese artist Mami Takahashi for an evening of Nihonga (a form of Japanese painting)! Get ...
10/12/2022

On November 10, join us and Japanese artist Mami Takahashi for an evening of Nihonga (a form of Japanese painting)! Get a chance to see how this form is created with a live demonstration.

Visit https://jaschicago.org/event/beauty-of-gold-and-silver-leaves-in-japanese-painting-nihonga/ to register and learn more about this free virtual event, held on November 10 from 6-7PM CST.

Special thanks to our co-organizer: Japanese Culture Center

We hope to see you there!

10/12/2022
Just a few days away, join us to further discuss this topic in our virtual Clark And Division discussion (October 18);ge...
10/11/2022

Just a few days away, join us to further discuss this topic in our virtual Clark And Division discussion (October 18);get a chance to hear author Hirahara in-person (October 27th);and be a part of a multigenerational discussion (October 13) about the internment experiences presented in Traci Chee's We Are Not Free.

For more info and to register check out these links:

Book Club discussion (Oct. 18)
https://jaschicago.org/event/book-club/

Meet Naomi Hirahara (Oct 27)
https://www.ahml.info/scheduling/reservation/67199

Multigenerational book discussion (Oct 13)
https://www.ahml.info/scheduling/reservation/66859

Article Referenced:
https://interactive.wttw.com/playlist/2020/05/29/chicago-internment-hearings

We hope to see you there!!


JETAA Chicago - JET Program Alumni of Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

10/04/2022
Just a few days away, join one of our Autumn II Term language courses! We offer 9 levels of Japanese, and all of our cou...
10/04/2022

Just a few days away, join one of our Autumn II Term language courses! We offer 9 levels of Japanese, and all of our courses, taught by a native instructor of Japanese, are currently virtual.

For more info and to enroll check out the link:
https://jaschicago.org/japanese-classes/

We hope to see you soon virtually! 😃

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60602

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free webinar titled Journey to Chubu: Shizuoka on Thursday, January 19. Participants will learn about Shizuoka Prefecture and learn about wellness, historical, and cultural experiences. To learn more and register, visit the link below.
The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having their 36th Annual Holiday Fundraiser and Bonenkai on Wednesday, December 7. The proceeds from this event will benefit programming and educational endeavors. For more information, please visit the link below.
CHERRY-BLOSSOM season in Japan has its devotees, but, as countless ski snobs are bound to tell you, the country’s other prime time is the dead of winter. In-the-know skiers flock to Japan’s mountain resorts for piles of feather-light snow, dramatic scenery—and soul-restoring ramen. Here, we round up 5 of the best for winter travelers. According to the website SnowJapan, the tiny, mountainous archipelago is packed with some 450 ski areas, almost the same number you’ll find throughout the U.S. The northern island of Hokkaido and the central Nagano prefecture, both former hosts of the Winter Olympics—harbor the majority of ski destinations, which range from small family-owned hills to splashy multi-mountain resorts. What many of these spots have in common is “Japow,” the nickname (abbreviated from “Japan Powder”) for the abundant, feather-light snow that rolls in from Siberia via storms over the Sea of Japan. But their off-slope offerings are also a big draw: soaking in a hot spring, downing a flight of sake, slurping up ramen or a shabu-shabu hot pot.
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) on Thursday, November 10 for the free webinar Beauty of Gold and Silver Leaves in Japanese Painting (Nihonga). Gold and silver leaf applications are used as a background in many Japanese traditional paintings. Learn about the process and practice of application.
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) this Thursday for the webinar titled “Issey Miyake: Poems of Cloth + Stone”. More information can be found at the link below.
We still have some great One Book, One Village events coming up! In addition to partnering with Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) and JETAA Chicago - JET Program Alumni of Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana to discuss Clark and Division with their book club, JASC will be joining us for our Multigenerational Book Discussion on October 13, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom.

We're inviting teens and adults to join us for a discussion of We Are Not Free by Traci Chee - a book told from the perspectives of second-generation Japanese American teens from San Francisco whose lives are turned upside down when they are removed from their homes and forced into incarceration camps during World War II.

Join us to discuss the themes and the history behind this book. Register: https://www.ahml.info/scheduling/reservation/66859
There are so many great upcoming One Book, One Village events coming up! The library is excited to partner with Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) and JETAA Chicago - JET Program Alumni of Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana - to discuss Clark and Division with their book club in October. JASC will also be joining the library’s Multigenerational Book Discussion on October 13, 6-7 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, where teens and adults can discuss We Are Not Free by Traci Chee - our teen title for this year’s community read. We Are Not Free is told from the perspectives of second-generation Japanese American teens from San Francisco whose lives are turned upside down when they are removed from their homes and forced into incarceration camps during World War II.

Register to join us here: https://www.ahml.info/scheduling/reservation/66859
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) on August 30 for a virtual live tour into one of Tokyo's most popular areas! Local host Lauren will show participants around the historical area and give and give suggestions and recommendations for visitors looking to experience Asakusa from a local perspective.
The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free webinar on Japanese gardens titled An Introduction to the Japanese Garden on August 18. Participants will learn about Japanese garden aesthetics, symbols, and how they are used to relieve stress and cultivate inner peace. For more information and to register, visit the link below.
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Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) next week Thursday for Journey to Shikoku: Ehime. Learn about the beauty, nature, and traditions of Ehime Prefecture on the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, Shikoku. To register, visit the link below.
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) this Thursday for the next installment of the Journey to Tohoku series that will focus on Niigata. Learn about Niigata culture, nature landscapes, and food in this virtual presentation. To register, visit the link below.
JETAA Chicago is excited to support the "Journey to Shikoku" series by the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) . Check out this next event to learn about Ehime Prefecture!
Sign up and see details below ⬇️
https://jaschicago.org/event/journey-to-shikoku-ehime/
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) on June 30 for their Sake Through the Ages webinar and learn about how sake evolved in Japan over the centuries. More information and registration at the link below.
Join the Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) on Thursday for their latest Journey to Tohoku installment that focuses on Iwate! Visit the link below to register.
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