Japan

Nat’l Rice Ball Day and the Rice King

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Film, Food, Japan | 0 comments

It’s National Rice Ball Day — that’s right! From Foodimentary.com * The rice balls preserve very well, and can even be used to preserve meats or other foods within its airtight seal. * Rice balls date back at least as far as the 11th Century and is traditionally Japanese.… * Another word for the rice ball is “Onigiri”, a word commonly misused to refer to sushi. Onigiri means ‘to hold on to’. * Popular onigiri fillings include tuna salad, salmon flakes, seafood salad, konbu (a type of sea vegatable), umeboshi (a sour bright-red pickled Japanese plum) and tempura. Speaking of Nat’l Rice Ball Day, consider the Story of the Rice King TONIGHT: Seeds: The Story of the Rice King and his Kin Rescheduled film screening: Wed., April 19th, 6:30 PM | Film at 7:00 PM (92 min.) Phipps Theater in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd. | Denver 80205 Enter from the east entrance (facing Colorado Blvd) Members of the JAAC and JARCC will be on hand to direct you. FREE | RSVP to marynish@comcast.net or (303) 433-1638 with number of persons attending only. In the San Joaquin Valley in Central California, there is the oldest family-owned and operated rice farm, called the “Koda Farms.” The founder of the Koda Farms is originally from Iwaki city, Fukushima, Japan, born in 1882. His name is Keisaburo Koda, who was widely known amongst Japanese Americans as the “Rice King”. His ‘throne’ has been carried on by his grandchildren, Ross and Robin. This documentary is about perseverance, persistence, and passion of the Koda Farms since the 1920s, through various hardships, including...

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Farewell to Consul General of Japan Makoto Ito

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, Community Service, Japan | 0 comments

Saying farewell to Consul General Makoto Ito, Consulate General of Japan at Denver — the Partnership Co-Chairs Andrea Amonick and Chance Horiuchi enjoyed Mr. Ito’s and his wife Grace’s ‘gracious’ hospitality!...

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Animals Out of Paper

Posted on May 20, 2016 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Featured, Japan, Theatre | 0 comments

Animals Out of Paper

What do animals, paper and tea have in common?    Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA) presents the production by Rajiv Joseph, “Animals Out of Paper”: When a world-renowned origamist (Llana) opens her studio to a teenage prodigy (Suresh), a student of her boyfriend (Andy), she discovers that life and love can’t be folded neatly into a perfect design. A quirky and poignant comedy/drama by Rajiv Joseph, author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, that has been hailed as “pitch-perfect” by the NY Times. Performances run through June 5th Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery Theatre 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, CO  80010. Buy tickets here… About www.theatre-esprit-asia.org… Questions?  (720)...

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Japanese Kite Festival

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in #coloradoasian, Art, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Japan, Lecture-Demo, Youth | 0 comments

Japanese Kite Lecture & Demonstration wadako with Japanese Traditional Kite Artists Wed., August 6th | 12:00 – 1:00 PM The Pavillion at Stapleton Central Park Kite Lecture & Demonstration 8601 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Denver, CO 80238 Free Admission/All ages are welcome Kite Master Mikio Toki and Kite Artist Scott Skinner will present a lecture and demonstrate decorating of traditional Tokyo style kites For more information, please contact: cgjd-pr@de.mofa.go.jp Presented by the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver  MORE…  Japanese Kite-Making Workshop, Aug. 5 | 9-11 or 1-3 Registration | www.jascolorado.org | (303)592-5364  1st Annual Japanese Kite-Flying Festival, Aug. 6 | 11–3 See this attachment for sponsors and more...

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Abenomics

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Business, International Trade, Japan | 0 comments

Is Abenomics Working? Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) welcomes Professor Edward J. Lincoln, renowned lecturer and expert on Japan Economics and Business, to Colorado! Friday, February 21, 11am – 1pm KPMG 8th floor conference room, downtown Denver (1225 17th Street) $15/JASC members; $25/non-members; RSVP here. Topic: Prime Minister Abe has been telling foreign audiences that “Japan is Back.”  Since becoming Prime Minister at the beginning of 2013 he has pursued a three-pronged economic recovery plan dubbed “Abenomics” that consists of monetary quantitative easing, fiscal stimulus, and further deregulation.  Over the past year, economic growth is up, the stock market is up, and deflation has abated.  And yet, it remains unclear how successful Abenomics will be in putting Japan back on a path of more robust economic growth.  Professor Edward Lincoln of George Washington University will discuss Abenomics and the evidence for and against its success. Speaker: Thanks to the efforts of our 2014 Education Committee Chairperson, Patricia Nelson, JASC is honored to host Professor Edward J. Lincoln for a lunchtime lecture in downtown Denver, CO. Professor Lincoln is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on the Japanese economy.  In addition, he is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the East Asian economies.  At Columbia, Professor Lincoln is also a Research Associate of the Center for the Japanese Economy and Business.   From 2006 to 2011, he was director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies and professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Lincoln’s research interests include contemporary structure and change in the Japanese economy, East Asian economic integration, and U.S. economic policy toward Japan and East Asia.  He is the author of nine books and monographs, including Winners Without Losers: Why Americans Should Care More About Global Economic Policy (Cornell University Press, 2007), East Asian Economic Regionalism (The Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, 2004), Arthritic Japan: The Slow Pace of Economic Reform (Brookings, 2001), and Troubled Times: U.S.-Japan Economic Relations in the 1990s (Brookings, 1998). An earlier book, Japan Facing Economic Maturity (Brookings, 1988) received the Masayoshi Ohira Award for outstanding books on the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier in his career, Professor Lincoln was a senior fellow at  both the Brookings Institution (1984-1993 and 1996-2001) and the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2006).  In the mid-1990s, he served as Special Economic Advisor to Ambassador Walter Mondale at the American Embassy in Tokyo. Professor Lincoln received his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, his M.A. in both economics and East Asian Studies at Yale University, and his Ph.D. in economics also at Yale University. Special thanks: Funding to bring Professor Lincoln to Colorado is being provided by the National Association of Japan America...

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“Dust Storm” — tonight at History Colorado

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Art, Arts & Culture, Educational, Immigration, Japan, museums, Theatre | 0 comments

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending more than 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the west coast to 10 internment camps located in Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, inland California, and Colorado.  The decision was called “a military necessity,” but the Japanese Americans affected were not charged with crimes or even given judicial hearings. They were targeted because of widespread fear that people of Japanese descent were spies and loyal to Japan, though nearly 60% were American citizens. Tonight, Wed., February 19th, 7:00 PM, History Colorado is proud to partner with Theatre Esprit Asia to celebrate the Day of Remembrance, 71 years after Executive Order 9066 was signed, with a production of Rick Foster’s play “Dust Storm”. “Dust Storm” is a coming of age story about Seiji, a rebellious Japanese American youth interned during WWII. Journey through his eyes as he experiences the shock of forced relocation and imprisonment, to anger and violence, and finally from confused guilt to emerging insight. Using the art of Chiura Obata, also an interned US citizen and artist of international renown, this solo work relives a tragic period of American history through a powerful tale of hope and redemption. Tickets are $8.50 for History Colorado members and $10 for the general...

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