JAPAN NIGHT 2014

JA-SO invites you to an evening where you will be transported to Japan to enjoy sharing
some Japanese culture and a traditional Japanese-Style bento dinner!
This is JA-SO's 3rd year to host a fundraising event to support the Great East Japan Earthquake
and Tsunami victims. This year, we will be supporting the children of Fukushima.
Please join us and be a part of this great night!!!

JAPAN NIGHT 2014 (Limited to 100 Seats)

Date : March 16th, 2014 (Sunday)
Place : Ashland Community Center
Time : 4pm : Door opens, Exhibit & Appetizer / 5pm : Show & Dinner begins

A Traditional Japanese-Style Bento Box dinner from
"MUSASHI Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine" in Grants Pass.

Exhibit of "Tohoku and Fukushima : Now"
Handmade craft sale by JA-SO
JA-SO Singers
Ashland Taiko
Aikan Dojo of Aikido Yoshinkai
JA-SO's KIMONO Fashion Show
Koto Performance by Mitsuki Dazai

Tickets : $28 (Available at www.ja-so311.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/578247
/ E-mail us at jasoinfo@gmail.com)

We are accepting your kind donation to make JAPAN NIGHT 2014 a great success!
(At the event or mail to : JA-SO / PO Box 412 Ashland, OR)
501c3, tax ID# 45-0953841

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support!

Hope to see you there!!!

JA-SO Board Members for 2014

Here are the JA-SO Board Members for 2014.

President : Noriko Hansen
Secretary : Chikako Smith
Treasurer : Akiko Ellis
Publicity : Sayaka Lean
Member Service : Sayuri Wells
Community Service : Yuko Yamanouchi
Fundraising : Chinami Bortoff

We THANK YOU so much for your on-going support!

JA-SO Chorus Group on NHK!

As a part of "JAPAN WEEK" in March, JA-SO members got together and sang a very special song called "Hana wa Saku (Flowers will bloom) " which was created in order to support the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake. We've submitted the video to NHK Japan for their project and are now featured on their website! Please go to http://www.nhk.or.jp/ashita/hanaboshu/video/20130613_2.html#video and watch the video!!! (We are on #14 at 00:36)

JAPAN WEEK の一貫として、NHK『100万人の花は咲く』プロジェクトに参加させて頂きました。
NHK公式ウェブサイトでご覧になれます!
http://www.nhk.or.jp/ashita/hanaboshu/video/20130613_2.html#video
(全国で花は咲く#14/最初から2番目)
JA-SOメンバーが歌った曲は『花は咲く』。東日本大震災の被災地と被災者の復興を応援するために制作された、とても素敵なチャリティーソングです。8月9日にアシュランドで行われる『広島/長崎追悼集会』でもこの曲を歌わせて頂きますので、皆様是非おいでくださいませ!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU!!!

Well, people in Rogue Valley...you did it again. You made a successful JAPAN WEEK possible!
We would like to thank EACH ONE OF YOU who took the time to participate at any of our events.
Your support means so much to us!!!
Thank you again and we can't wait to see you at our next event!

皆様の暖かいご支援のお陰で、JAPAN WEEK も大成功に終わる事が出来ました!
それぞれのイベントに参加して下さった皆様に、心からお礼を申し上げます。
今後もJA-SO事務局/スタッフ一同力を合わせて頑張りますので、ご支援宜しくお願い申し上げます。
次回のイベントにて、また皆様とお会い出来る事を心から楽しみにしております。
本当にありがとうございました!!!

JAPAN WEEK March 10 - 15, 2013

JA-SO will be sponsoring “JAPAN WEEK” this year by honoring the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Our purpose is to not only support the victims by raising much-needed funds (although they are
making great progress, there are still major problems), but to also share Japanese culture with the
community as appreciation to our Rogue Valley supporters.

Though this is not a fundraising event like the JAPAN NIGHT of last year, we would like to encourage everyone to contribute to this cause. Donations of 100 dollars and more are greatly appreciated. All the proceeds from JAPAN WEEK are going to support the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Your generous contributions can be made at any of the JAPAN WEEK events below or by mail to: JA-SO PO Box 997 Ashland, OR 97520. (You will receive our NPO receipt.)

As the first event of JAPAN WEEK ,we are showing The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and Light Up Nippon due to the generous support of the Consulate of Japan, Portland OR. and Supply and Demand of Los Angeles. Please check out the trailers below for a preview of these wonderful and very heart touching films!

http://www.thetsunamiandthecherryblossom.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDB1znvWf6E&feature=youtu.be

Japanese Homestyle Cooking Class and Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop are presented by instructors from our own talented membership. You will learn great tips on how to make
yummy authentic Japanese home cooking and beautiful Japanese Haiku poetry.

We hope many people will come and enjoy JAPAN WEEK!!

Noriko Hansen / JA-SO President

Schedule & Details of Events

Sunday, March 10 2013
The Meese Auditorium (SOU Art Building)
Doors Open: 2:30pm Film Begins: 3:00pm
FREE ADMISSION (160 seats available on a first come first serve basis)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Starts at 3:00pm)
Academy Award Nominated & Sundance Film Festival Prize Winner
http://www.thetsunamiandthecherryblossom.com/
Light Up Nippon ~ Fireworks that lifted Japan (Starts at 3:50pm)
Documentary Film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDB1znvWf6E&feature=youtu.be
http://www.lightupnippon.net/

Thursday, March 14 2013
Japanese Home-style Cooking Class
Ashland Food Co-op
6:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 ($30 for Co-op Members)
Call (541) 482-2237 to register
Instructor: Etsuko Jensen
Menu:
• Mix rice with carrot, pea, dandelion green and pine nuts
• Miso soup with tofu, wakame, shiitake mushroom and green onion
• Grilled fish with miso (optional: tofu)
• Burdock, carrot and daikon nitsuke
• Kale with sesame sauce
• Gyoza dumplings with shrimp/tofu, Chinese cabbage and green onions
• Steamed bread with maccha-green tea and sweet beans

Friday, March 15 2013
Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop
Hannon Library – Room 206 (Southern Oregon University)
3:00pm – 4:30pm
FREE ADMISSION
Instructors: Diana Versluis,Michiko Wisdom and Liz Shepherd
Class Description:
This workshop starts with a brief introduction of Japanese haiku poetry of 5-7-5 lines. After writing their poems in English (or other language), participants will learn how to write the poem using "seal script" and modified sosho syle (the cursive style) calligraphy for artistic renderings of the poem. Different ways to display the poem (framed, on notecards, part of a collage) will be demonstrated. Pens, brushes, and a variety of paper will be supplied, including suminagashi paper.

Thank you from Children in Fukushima / 福島からのありがとう!

We have received some thank you letters with great pictures from the Children at Aiikuen in Fukushima!
JA-SO donated the profits from "JAPAN NIGHT" to them and with that money they were able to make a trip to Matsushima where they don't have to worry about radiation.
THANK YOU again to our community for their generosity!!! You made this happen!!!
(Please contact us at jasoinfo@gmail.com if you would like to see all the letters&pictures.)

今年3月に行われたJA-SO主催『JAPAN NIGHT』での収益金を寄付させて頂いた、福島県児童養護施設『愛育園』様から、子供達が書いてくれたお礼の作文と写真が届きました。宮城県松島市に旅行をした子供達は、放射能を気にする事なく、思いっきり旅を楽しんでくれた様です。
ご協力下さいました皆様、本当にありがとうございました!
(作文と写真をご覧になりたい方は、jasoinfo@gmail.comまでご連絡下さい。)

Books for Children in Fukushima / 福島の子供達の未来へ向けて

Thank you very much for your support on our project to send English books for Children in Fukushima!!!
We were able to donate 36 books total and they were delivered to 2 junior high-schools in Fukushima city.
(SPECIAL THANKS TO : Ms. Janie Burstein, Ms.Etsuko Jensen, Jeff Gogue and Musashi Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine)

皆様のご協力のお陰で、福島市の子供達へ36冊の英語の本を寄付する事が出来ました!
送られた本は福島市教育委員会様のご協力により、福島私立第一中学校と福島私立第三中学校へ寄付されました。
ありがとうございました!!!
(Ms. Janie Burstein様、 Ms.Etsuko Jensen様、Jeff Gogue様、そして Musashi Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine様、
ご支援ありがとうございました!!!)

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil (広島/長崎追悼集会)

The 27th Annual Ashland Hiroshima - Nagasaki Vigil will be held in Ashland(Downtown Ashland Plaza) from August 6th through 9th.

Ceremonies of Rememberance and Reflection:
August 6th, 2012 8:15am - Hiroshima / Lithia Park
August 9th, 2012 7pm - Nagasaki / Lithia Park Japanese Garden

August 6th 6:30pm - / Ashland Downtown Plaza- Performance of Rogue Valley Peace Choir members who journeyed to Japan and the Peace Park in Hiroshima in 2006, along with Peace Choir Ensemble members.
August 7th 2pm - / Ashland Downtown Plaza - Performance of Masako Cross accompanied by Richard Williams on the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute and Mark Tumbull on the guitar.
August 9th 7pm - / Lithia Park Japanese Garden- Performance of JA-SO chorus group

JA-SO will be volunteering at "Senbazuru Origami Station" making origami cranes on the 7th.
There will be an exhibition of "Strong Children" by Geoff Read (http://strongchildrenjapan.blogspot.com/) also.

広島/長崎の追悼記念行事が6日から9日にかけてアシュランドで催されます。

広島原爆投下祈念式は8月6日/午前8時15分〜リシアパークにて
長崎原爆投下祈念式は8月9日/午後7時〜日本庭園にて

8月6日(月曜日)午後6時30分〜 Ashland Downtown Plaza
平和合唱団による日本語でのパフォーマンス
(広島平和公園で歌われた数々の原爆にちなんだ曲を日本語で合唱して下さるそうです。)

8月7日(火曜日)午後2時〜 Ashland Downtown Plaza
シンガーソングライターのクロス雅子さんのライブコンサート
Richard William/ 尺八、Mark Tumbull/ギター伴奏

8月9日(木曜日)午後7時〜 Lithia Park Japanese Garden
JA-SOコーラスグループによる合唱パフォーマンス

JA-SOでは、7日に千羽鶴テーブルでのボランティアをさせて頂きます。
アシュランドダウンタウンのプラザには、ジェフリードさんによる『ストロングチルドレン』(http://strongchildrenjapan.blogspot.com/)も展示されます。

皆様お誘いの上、是非お越し下さいませ。

Japanese Books at Library

We are very excited to inform you that over 100 Japanese books that JA-SO has donated to Jackson County are available at Medford Library and Ashland Library for you all to enjoy!
We are hoping to donate another 100 Japanese books in the near future so please support us making that happen by circulating those books!!!

JA-SOがJackson Countyに寄付させて頂きました日本語の本(合計108冊)の貸し出しが、Medford Library と Ashland Library で始まりました!
どうぞご利用下さい!

THANK YOU from JA-SO

What a wonderful night we had...our "JAPAN NIGHT" was a huge success!!!
We would like to THANK EACH ONE OF YOU who had any part of "JAPAN NIGHT".

沢山の方々にご協力頂いたお陰で、"JAPAN NIGHT"は大成功を納める事が出来ました!
当日会場にお越し下さった皆様、そして"JAPAN NIGHT"に携わって下さった全ての方々に心よりお礼を申し上げます。

皆様の暖かいお気持ちを、JA-SOが代表して届けさせて頂きました。以下が送金の内訳です。

児童養護施設 福島愛育園 (http://www1a.biglobe.ne.jp/fukushimaaiikuen/index.html) - $14,500.00
青空幼児園 たけの子(http://aozoratakenoko.blog28.fc2.com/blog-entry-87.html) - $2,508.04

皆様、本当にありがとうございました!!!
JAPAN NIGHT 事務局一同

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