Thursday, February 12, 2015

Japan Matters: Collaboration Through Entrepreneurship

The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati presents-

Japan Matters:

Collaboration through Entrepreneurship

Yukiko Nakamura, Optima Japan CEO and Team Fujisaki panelist

returns to Cincinnati to help us find the "win-win" with Japanese

and Greater Cincinnati.

Kay Geiger, PNC Regional President

will address why Cincinnati is a vibrant hub for our successful "start up


The Brandery


Cincinnati Office of Trade & Development

Frost Brown Todd


Date: February 25th Wednesday

Time: 7:30a.m. breakfast, 8:00-11:30a.m. program

Place: Frost Brown Todd

Fee: $25

Register at:

One year ago, JASGC hosted top economists and business leaders at our
"Japan Matters" conference.

They presented a comprehensive update on Japan and identified one of Japan'
s key challenges for the future - the first industrialized nation facing
negative population growth.

This past June, JASGC hosted "Team Fujisaki", led by Japan's former
Ambassador to the U.S.. This grassroots mission reiterated the shared values
of Japan & the U.S. - democracy, capitalism, private property rights, work
ethic and of course friendship. It was here that team member Nakamura-san
stated, -- Japan looks to Silicon Valley for entrepreneurial support.

On 2/25, JASGC will host "Japan Matters: Collaboration through

Ms. Yukiko Nakamura, Optima CEO and Team Japan panelist will return to
Cincinnati to

find the "win win" with the Greater Cincinnati Start Up Ecosystem. --

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

KAKEHASHI Project - Short-term study tours for Japanese-American students

The "KAKEHASHI Project-The Bridge for Tomorrow" is a youth exchange project,
promoted by the Ministry Foreign Affairs in Japan, to heighten potential
interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the
country, as well as enhance international understanding of the "Japan
brand," and the nation's strengths and attractiveness, such as
Japanese-style values and "Cool Japan." The KAKEHASHI Project- Japanese
American Young Adults Invitation Program provides a fully funded short-term
study tour to Japan for undergraduate and graduate students (ages 18-25
years old at the time of application) in the United States.

The goals of Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program are (1) to
continue building cooperation between Japanese Americans and Japan, (2) to
promote Japanese Americans a better understanding of Japan in a variety of
fields including politics, economy and culture, and (3) to encourage
Kakehashi alumni to be effective advocates in enhancing U.S.-Japan

Learn more about it here:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 Peace Bell Ceremony

On July 9, 2013 we enjoyed our annual Peace Bell Ceremony, commemorating the
lives lost during the allied bombing of our sister city, Gifu, Japan, on
August 9, 1945. We offer the annual ceremony to express our hope for peace
and international harmony now and in the future.

The ceremony took place once again at the Peace Bell Center in Newport,
Kentucky. This year, they arranged a special treat for us ... we got to
ring the bell.

Asami Ono, a citizen of Gifu, and a friend helped to ring the bell.

Enjoy the video here:

Monday, June 24, 2013

You're invited to our Peace Day Ceremony

You’re invited to our Peace Day Ceremony

July 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM


The Gifu-Cincinnati Sister City Committee commemorates those who fell in the bombing of Gifu City on July 9, 1945 by reaffirming our commitment to world peace.


We recognize that peace is a difficult process, but the first step is to work together and build strong relationships.


We offer our Peace Ceremony as a sign of hope in the future and as a sign of our support of the efforts of all those working towards world peace.


Gifu Sister City Committee, the City of Cincinnati and the City of Gifu welcome everyone in Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas to share your support by attending:


Cincinnati - Gifu Peace Day,

July 9, 2013, 4:00 pm

World Peace Bell (425 York St

Newport, KY 41071)


In case of bad weather, we'll announce alternate plans on our blog at

and by email if you're on our mailing list.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kabuki Onnagata demonstration

Here’s a great chance to experience Japanese culture!


During Shakespeare’s day, female actors were banned from the stage. 

Boys played the female roles.  Just imagine … Juliet was really Joe!


The same was true of the Kabuki stage in Japan at around the same time, but instead of boys, highly skilled male actors called onnagata played female roles, and still do to this day.


Here’s your chance to meet Nakamura Gankyo, an onnagata performer.


Asian Culture Night, Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m. 

Special Feature:

Kabuki & Onnagata, The Making of a Woman
A lecture by Dr. Maki Isaka, Univ. of Minnesota


accompanied by 
Kabuki Actor, Nakamura Gankyo

who will transform himself for his female role. 

Apollo Room, Student Union, Wright State University 
Free Admission 

Please spread the word and carpool when you can 
For people who can't make it on April 6, there is also the same lecture by Dr. Isaka
Thursday, April 4, 2013; 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Room E 156, Student Union, Wright State University

If any questions, call 937-775-2798



Friday, October 28, 2011

100th Anniversary of Japan's cherry trees

100 years ago, Japan donated cherry trees to the United States as a symbol of our friendship. The cherry trees remain to
this day in the Tidal Basin area of Washington, DC. Since then, Japan has also donated many cherry trees to Cincinnati,
where they grace our parks.

The Japan America Society of Cincinnati (JASGC) is forming a committee for the 100 year celebration of the cherry trees
donated to the United States by Japan, to be held in April, 2012.

Cincinnati has a special connection with this gift as it was Mrs. Taft (then First Lady) who helped make this happen. JASGC
is working on a grand celebration in April -- most likely the last weekend in April.

Possible events:

* A Sumo/Japanese Marial arts demonstration at Cincinnati State

* Zen garden at the Krohn Conservatory

* A Dolls of Japan exhibit at Boone County library, to lead the celebration off in March

JASGC would like to arrange:

* An art contest in local area schools

* A Japanese Language contest

* Movie history -- show the U.S. remake of original Japanese films (e.g.7 Samurai / The Magnificent 7)

JASGC will hold an organizational meeting on November 10th, 2011 1:00pm

Chamber of Commerce
300 Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

If interested, please contact:
Carla Romanelli

Steve Rindsberg

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Job opportunity at Cincinnati Art Museum

Dr. Hou-mei Sung, Curator of Asian Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, anticipates receiving a grant to prepare a catalog of
Japanese art in the CAM collections.

She needs a person who is able to read and translate Japanese and prepare requests for images from other museums.

The ideal candidate will have some art history background

The full-time position would last one and a half years and include benefits.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sung at 513-639-2330.

Steve Rindsberg