Jan 16

Japan America Society Roundup 1.17.10

Current Hiroshima-ken JET Gail Meadows, Editor of Hiroshima JET webzine the Wide Island View, shines a light on some of the upcoming events of Japan America Societies…

JAS of Greater Cincinnati

  • Kakizome Event — Kakizome is one of the old traditions to celebrate the New Year in Japan. It literally means “the first calligraphy of the New Year.” The subjects tend to be auspicious words or phrases. Originally, Kakizome was performed at imperial court and expanded to the locals in the Edo period. Paper, ink and brushes will be provided at this event, and you will see calligraphy demonstrations.

JAS of Colorado

  • Kimono and Obi Program — Learn about Japan’s rich textile arts as embodied in the kimono and obi during this program, which is open to the public. DecorAsian’s Mami Yamamoto and Vintage Kimono’s Janine Thormann will show participants how these delicate fabrics can enhance the modern home. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 22.
    • Date: Friday, Feb. 5
    • Time: Japanese reception at 6 p.m. Presentation at 6:45 p.m.
    • Place: DecorAsian’s new Denver branch, 1787 South Broadway, Denver
    • For more information: http://www.jascolorado.org/upcoming.php

JAS of Central Ohio

  • Japanese Speech Contest — Did you make a new year’s resolution to improve your Japanese? Now’s the time to submit your application to participate in JASCO’s 11th annual Japanese Speech Contest. Write an original speech under three minutes, tape it and mail it in with your application. Selected finalists will compete on March 6.
    • Date: Saturday, March 6
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Place: The Ohio State University, 180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus
    • For more information: For the application and all the details, click here.

Does your Japan America Society have an upcoming event that you’d like to share with JetWit readers? Email Gail Meadows the info.

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