Jan 5

Japan America Society Roundup 1.5.11

JET alum Gail Cetnar Meadows (ALT, Hiroshima-shi 2007-10), co-founder of Hiroshima JET webzine the Wide Island View, shines a light on some of the upcoming events of Japan America Societies…

JAS of Dallas/Fort Worth

  • 11th Annual Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration — Celebrate the New Year Japanese style with demonstrations of mochitsuki (pounding sweet rice with a mallet and mortar to make rice cakes) and sample the end result with anko, kinako, nori, or Sendai’s special zunda-mochi. The afternoon will feature live performances by taiko drummers, a children’s choir, traditional Japanese dancers and a kimono demonstration. Other activities include New Year’s games for children, origami, calligraphy, and ikebana. Cost is $8 for non-members, $5 for members, $2 for children aged 6 to 12 years, free for children ages 5 and under.
    • Date: Sunday, January 16
    • Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
    • Place: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., 2801 Telecom Parkway, Richardson, Texas 75082
    • For more information, click here.
    • Contact: info (at) jasdfw (dot) org or 214-342-2022

JAS of Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh Sushi Experience — How’s a resolution to try more sushi sound? In 2011, the JAS of Pennsylvania will visit four Pittsburgh sushi restaurants. The first gathering will be at the trendy Penn Avenue Fish Company, where you can sample fusion sushi and a host of other aquatic offerings. Be sure to bring your business card to participate in a drawing for a gift card.
    • Date: Thursday, Jan. 20
    • Time: 7 p.m.
    • Place: 308 Forbes Ave. (near Honus Wagner), downtown Pittsburgh
    • For more information, click here.

JAS of Greater Cincinnati

  • Speaker Series Presentation — Dr. William R. Farrell will give a presentation titled “From Black Ships to a Black President: Images and Reality in US-Japan Relations.” Using wood block prints, post cards and political cartoons, he will take the audience on a lively tour through history, viewing events such as Commodore Perry’s arrival, the road to Pearl Harbor, World War II, the Occupation, trade wars and the current international situation.
    • Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
    • Time: JASGC annual meeting at 5 p.m. Speaker presentation at 5:30 p.m.
    • Place: Taft Center, 425 Walnut St., Cincinnati
    • For more information, click here.

Does your Japan America Society have an upcoming event that you’d like to share with JetWit readers? Email the info to Gail at gail (at) jetwit (dot) com.

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